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Calculating your commuting costs

 

How much does it cost to drive?


The IRS calculates the cost of operating a car in 2001 at 34.5 cents per mile.
According to AAA, the national average
per mile in 2000 was 49.1 cents
(based on driving 15,000 miles per year).

To figure out how much it costs you to drive to work, follow the simple formula below:

__________ x 34.5 per mile = ________
(round trip miles)

x 21(workingdays/month) = ___________
                                         (total monthly cost)

Scenario 1: 55 miles round trip
Driving Alone vs.
Carpooling and Vanpooling*

 

Scenario 2: 80 miles round trip


Driving vs. Riding the Train*


MTA Metro-North

 

New Haven Line:


New Haven to Stamford


Harlem Line:


Brewster to White Plains

 

Daily Fee

 

Daily Fee

 

Monthly Fee

 

Drive Alone
Carpool (2 people)
Vanpooling*

 

18.98
9.49
5.25

 

Drive Alone
Train  (New Haven Line)
(Harlem Line)

 

27.60
18.00

13.00

 

579.60
170.60

117.25

 

* Figures from Easy Street van services
   in 2000