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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Actual cost of commuting

It is easy to overlook the actual costs of commuting to work every day. But the fact of the matter is that it can be quite costly...especially if you commute a long distance to work add in a large vehicle and you're really expending a lot of money. Not to mention the fact that congestion in Cincinnati is continuing to get worse.

Metro has this handy-dandy Cost of Driving Calculator where you plug in some information and it will give you how much it costs monthly and yearly. Plug in your numbers and see where you stand...I would also ask that you send this link around to as many commuters as possible. It is time that people realize exactly how much money they are spending (in addition to time) just so they can have the "freedom" of their automobile and live in a perceived safer environment.

Let the numbers be may not be comforting to many, but it is what it is. It is not unusual that a typical suburban commuter spends in excess of $7,000 a year on commuting costs. If you were to move into the city and still drive everyday (that way you can still avoid the bus if you so choose) will still cut your costs substantially and be closer to the $1,500 range.


John said...

Some day people will wake up and realize that they spent 10+ hours a week commuting. I loathe the mere thought of driving more than 15 minutes to work.

Joel McDonald said...

check out the calculator on this site. It factors in the difference in commuting costs between a home a few minutes from work vs. one farther away. Pretty eye opening.

Randy Simes said...

Thanks for the link...that is cool.

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