Well all good things do have to end. My free rides to work have recently come to a close so I was looking at my options for getting to work. I had an offer to car pool with someone so I actually looked at driving to work and here is the breakdown of my options.
- Public Transit (Bus). Cost: $57/month (can also file for a credit of about $7 of it on income tax). Time required: 12 minutes walking, 20 minutes on bus = 32 minutes. Comments: Not a bad option in the summer/spring/fall but it sucks waiting for the bus in the winter. I’m stuck to a set schedule of times. Yet cost is really cheap compared to current gas prices.
- Car Pool. Cost: $115+/month. Time required: 20 minutes. Comments: On the plus side car pooling can be more flexible on leave/pick up times yet significant more costs involved. Also if I could pool with more than one person it would bring the costs down. Very sensitive to current gas prices.
- Bike/Public Transit. Cost: varies. Time required: Same as 1 or unknown. Comments: In this case I could pick up a used bicycle and use that for at least 3 months of the year to save $171 annually. Issues around this is unknown time required and likely requires a second set of cloths to do it. I’m actually considering this option but it does require me to invest some money in getting a bike (I haven’t own one in years now).
After looking at my options it seems driving to work even in a car pool is still expensive given the time difference to the bus and the possible increases to the cost of gas. So starting today I’m going to be a dedicated bus user. I’m also going to keep an eye open for a used bicycle as that might be a good option to get some additional exercise and cut costs in the future.