Compare the cost of your travel options.
· Car, carpool and vanpool: This commute cost calculator quickly reveals what it costs you to drive to work and what you would save by carpooling or vanpooling.
· Transit: A one-zone Puget Pass costs $81 per month and a two-zone Puget Pass is $99 per month.
· Bike: Calculate how much you can save with bike commuting by clicking here.
· Walk: Walking is free and has many other benefits that may help your personal finances.
Input your personal savings in commute costs and see how they would grow if you invest them by clicking here. (This does not include increases from inflation.)
Consider your transportation costs when deciding where to live.
A home further away from shops and transit lines can mean a cheaper rent or mortgage, but it often means fewer options to get around, higher car costs and more time behind the wheel.
· Find homes for sale near transit with Estately and you could lower your transportation costs.
· The commute report from walkscore.com estimates the transportation costs in a neighborhood based on actual car ownership and transportation options in each area. (Click on the "Your Commute" tab after you enter an address.)
Time is money. Consider the value of your time while traveling.
Walkscore's commute report compares your commute times by foot, bike, transit or car. How long your trip takes is an important factor in deciding how to travel. However, the quality of your time during your trip is becoming increasingly important to people. Even if your trip takes longer by bike or bus, you could spend that time on a bike exercising or on a bus reading, making phone calls, texting or napping.