Calculating the Commute
I'm going to ask for your advice on this.
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
I can't seem to find a good commuting calculator to show the cost of driving to work versus taking mass transit. Can you recommend one for the D.C. area?
I'm starting a new commute from Reston to the District, versus Reston to Dulles, and would like to know what it might cost and how long each option might take.
Very timely, right? Metro's ridership numbers this summer suggest that a lot of people are engaged in similar calculations, because of the gas prices.
There are many online calculators. I think the ones that would work best for us are locally relevant, simple and up to date on car costs. I've used three, for various reasons. They are:
-- Arlington 's Car-Free Diet calculator (You don't have to be commuting in Arlington to use it.)
-- Metro's calculator
The calculator at CommuterPage.com
Each is part of a site that offers lots of other information in planning local commutes. CommuterPage.com has the broadest range of information for our region.
The Web team at Arlington County Commuter Services recently found this calculator for drivers. The calculator seeks to show users that they might save the most money by moving closer to work, even if they pay more for housing.
I think I should do something on such calculators in my column, but wanted to ask for your comments and suggestions first.
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