How Much Does It Cost to Commute in Major United States Cities? [Infographic]

By: | December 20th, 2016

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The morning and evening commute to work is usually the most dreaded part of any job. The idea is to get from point A to point B as fast and as painless as possible. But, as we all know, this is rarely the case. Rush hour traffic can quickly turn a good day into a bad one. But aside from the psychological “costs” of the morning commute, it is also an important financial question.

Some commuters are constantly weighing their options to determine whether or not it is more cost effective to drive or take public transportation. Some public transportation is cheaper, but you have to rely on schedules and frequent delays. Driving gives you more independence, but owning a car is much more expensive.

Since there are various types of transportation available in all major cities, we decided to look at the cost of each. Using the average twenty-two work-day month, we broke down the costs for each major transportation mode to determine how much it costs to commute in major U.S. cities.

Here are the findings:

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SOURCES

Commute Distance
https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Srvy_JobsProximity.pdf
http://bigbytes.mobyus.com/commute.aspx (for boston)
Parking Costs
http://www.lexpark.org/sites/default/files/pdf/ColliersParkingRateSurvey2012.pdf
http://www.bestparking.com
http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2008/07/24/whats-the-cost-of-parking-in-downtown-milwaukee/
Taxi Rates
https://www.taxifarefinder.com/rates.php
https://www.numbeo.com/taxi-fare/in/Los-Angeles ( NEED TO CROSS REFERENCE)
UBER
https://www.uber.com/fare-estimate/
Transit
NYC
http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/passenger/taxicab_rate.shtml
http://web.mta.info/metrocard/mcgtreng.htm#unlimited
LA
https://www.metro.net/riding/fares/
Chicago
http://www.transitchicago.com/fares/
Philadelphia
http://www.septa.org/fares/
San Francisco
https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/fares-passes
Baltimore
https://mta.maryland.gov/new-fare-pricing
Boston
http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/
Seattle
http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/fares-orca/what-to-pay.aspx
Washington DC
http://www.wmata.com/fares/
http://www.wmata.com/fares/purchase/passes.cfm
Milwaukee
http://www.ridemcts.com/fares-passes/fare-information
Portland
http://trimet.org/fares/
Miami
http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/fares.asp
Minneapolis
http://www.metrotransit.org/fares
Pittsburgh
http://www.portauthority.org/paac/RiderServices/Riding101.aspx
Cleveland
http://www.riderta.com/fares
Houston
http://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/Fares.aspx
Dallas
https://www.dart.org/fares/fares.asp
Detroit
http://www.detroitmi.gov/How-Do-I/Locate-Transportation/Transporation-Fares
San Diego
https://www.sdmts.com/fares-passes
Car registration+title fee
http://www.ncsl.org/research/transportation/registration-and-title-fees-by-state.aspx
https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/dvs-content-detail.aspx?pageID=571&pageTitle=Tabs-Vehicle%20Registration%20-%20General%20-%20New%20Resident
http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/fees.html
http://dmv.dc.gov/node/155452
Gas price
http://gasprices.aaa.com/
Fuel Economy
https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/best/bestworstEPAtrucksNF.shtml
Cost to own a car
http://newsroom.aaa.com/auto/your-driving-costs/
AVG MPG
http://www.umich.edu/~umtriswt/EDI_sales-weighted-mpg.html
EV Costs
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/electricity_charging_home.htm

 

Michael Cooney

Michael Cooney, the founder of EngNet, worked as a project engineer for many years sourcing equipment. His passion and experience in the industry led to creating EngNet to connect engineers and industry suppliers. You can also find Michael on .

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