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It's actually cheaper to drive...

May 29th, 2008 at 01:58 pm

On days when I have appointments I have been driving to work. It just makes things easier and I have a place I can park for free on the east side of the river. The downside of course is that it takes me 15 minutes to still walk to work but the plus side is I'm at my car earlier after work if there's someplace I need to get right over to.

I just went and bought a new set of tickets for the bus. I have not been using as many as I thought I would need but I still buy the same amount figuring that come September I'll need them since I probably won't be walking home.

However on leaving the ticket office I realized the following. To drive to where I park and back is 4 miles round trip. That's maybe at most a fifth of a tank of gas. Or less than a dollar at today's gas prices. To take the bus to work, is $1.75 each way. And with the way I've been driving lately I've always had gas money left over each month.

With all the walking I do though, it's easier to just take the bus one way then walk home. But I think on the days I'm not walking home (Tues, Fri) I'm just going to start driving.

I haven't decided what to do about my transportation amount that gets pulled pre tax every month. I was thinking I would drop it down to $17.50, or just one book of tickets. I have four books right now and a month with just taking the bus when I walk home will use about 12 on average.

Of course there's other things too like potential rides from my roommate in to work which would save a ticket on days that I walk home.

I'm still mulling it over. We'll see.

I also applied for another position at my work that might potentially lead to a raise.

4 Responses to “It's actually cheaper to drive...”

  1. Caoineag Says:

    Can't say I am surprised. Our tickets here cost $1.75 as well. Doesn't seem very economical if you are close by. Of course, I get the pass for $60 per month and never use a car so that does end up being really cheap.

    Course with you living so close, I am a little surprised that you don't walk to and from everyday. A 2 mile walk only takes me 30 minutes. Maybe I just like walking a little too much.

  2. koppur Says:

    God luck on your promotion!

  3. ldyfaile Says:

    Caoineag:

    Actually I live 3 miles away roughly. It's a 2 mile drive then about a 1 mile walk. I don't mind walking a mile to work but walking more than that I get to work hot and sweaty (though I may anyway in the summer) and with the amount of time I have to factor to get there on time, I really prefer to walk home instead of walk there.

    Basically it was only recently when I stopped using the pass and needed a way to get to the dr's office quickly that I remembered about the street parking that's not limited by time and is near the bridge closest to my office building.

  4. boomeyers Says:

    Good luck with the job! I hope it works out!

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