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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
    Forgot you asked about gas, too. Just to and from work and local errands runs me $40 a week (at $4/gallon). A tank lasts me about a week. I drive 30 miles round trip a day for work.
    Yea that's what I pay for gas too, although gas is usually over $4 a gallon here and my commute is more like 38 miles round trip. I drive a small car. Public transportation was taking me 3 hours commuting round trip so .... that's why more people don't take public transit, including me (even contending with traffic doesn't take that many hours). I do occasionally take public transit locally for non-commuting, I just pay for the ride (don't have a monthly pass or anything).
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    Quote Originally Posted by awakenedsoul View Post
    Thanks for the replies. Looks like $30.00 a month is a good deal. Miss Cellane, I'm thinking that buying this house was good for the same reason as your brother. I'm a block from the bus stop, and a mile from the Metro train station. It will come in handy when I'm older.

    Tradd, Thanks for the info. We have mostly low income people using our bus system. It's excellent. I love it.
    In the greater Boston area, the nearness of public transportation affects rents, as well. (Boston has a much higher percentage of renters than most areas of the US.)

    My personal observation is that if the apartment is within a block or two of a bus stop, add $50/month to the rent, everything else about the apartment being equal.

    If the apartment is half a mile or less to a subway or trolley stop, add $100. Within a couple of blocks, add $150.

    An apartment with a parking spot is probably going to be at least $200 a month more than one without a parking spot, so not a bad deal over all. A great many people don't own cars, so the extra rent and the T pass are still going to be less expensive than owning a car--gas, insurance and maintenance all add up.

    On the other hand, owning a car could mean that you could live further out from the city center, where rents are cheaper.

    The math gets complicated.

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    Bus and rail are free for university staff which I am. I really should take advantage of it more.

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    That makes sense, Miss Cellane. We have a lot of renters in this area, too.
    pinkytoe, Yeah...that's a great deal.
    We have some good bike paths here that meet at the bus stops. For some of my errands, it's faster to take the bus, and then bike the rest of the way. If you pay cash and transfer here, you have to pay again. With the bus pass, the rides are unlimited.

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    We have one little trolly that runs around downtown - no need for me to ever use it.
    I'm stuck with driving and I go through 2 tanks of gas a week and my husband goes through 1 tank a week.
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    San francisco muni is $66 month. That's good for all buses light rail and cable cars within the system. Coverage is extensive so i consider it a fantastic bargain even if it is $21 more than when we moved here 6 years ago.

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    Thanks for the replies. I didn't see your post until now Tradd. It sure makes a difference, what you drive! That must be expensive FloatOn. Everybody's got to get to work...
    jp1, I've ridden the muni. That is a fantastic bargain for SF. I know what parking costs there!!!

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    I pay 96 for a 10-week city-wide bus pass. That equates to about $66 every 4 weeks. It's expensive here compared to other European cities.

    The transport system in my city isn't integrated like in other major cities either... I can't use my pass on other forms of transport, which is a pain in the neck.

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    Sometimes what I do is break it down into what I'm paying per ride. This is my first month with a bus pass. I really like it. (Well, I had one a few years ago when I had my own business.) It's working out well to use to go to the gym. Where I live, you have to pay again if you transfer buses. Now I can take two buses to the gym, instead of riding my bike by certain people I'd rather not...I also can stop at the library on the way home. It's no big deal to run to the store to buy something I need...before, I felt guilty if I didn't do all of my errands on one day. Last month I did a lot of extra driving. My gas bill was huge! This month I will stick to the bus! My gas budget per month is $37.00.

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