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Old 10-05-2017, 09:55 AM   #2622
fat hiker
 
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Originally Posted by Tad View Post
Correct, and correct.

And yes, yes, and yes (so far biking 2-3 days a week, sometimes biking one way and using rack-and-roll to bus the other way, occasionally just taking the bus, and driving 1-2 days a week).

As the weather gets colder and they take the bike racks off the buses, the biking will fade out for the season, and I'll have to make the hard decision on how much I bus vs how much I drive.
- Since I'm going against the worst of the traffic flows I can generally drive in 20 minutes, while the bus is a ten minute walk and forty minute bus ride plus any waiting time, so the car is a lot faster.
- The car gives me somewhat more flexibility in my timing, although there are fairly regular buses for me.
- I figure driving costs me 3-3.50 in gas, plus car wear and tear, while going by single rides costs 6.70 for the day. So the car is some amount cheaper, (less so if I take the bus every day and get a monthly pass)
- I don't particularly enjoy driving, I don't like being a wasteful single driver commuter, and loathe sitting in traffic. On the other hand I enjoy the walk to/from the transitway and once on the bus I can read, doze, people-watch, or read Dimensions on my phone -- all things I enjoy!
$3-3.50 in gas, so double that for wear/tear/depreciation on the car, making the bus and the car about the same price. (Are you getting free parking at work?? I notice you don't quote a parking charge. Benefit of working at a company so far out in the 'burbs?)

If you rarely or never drove to work, you could cut your car insurance cost (probably in half), by having the car only insured for leisure - but that would cut your flexibility too.

And I have to agree that sitting in traffic is such a waste of time, when one could be reading/studying/dozing/planning/people watching/doing crossword puzzles on the bus!
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