THE COST OF GETTING TO WORK

ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY THE HIGHWAY USERS FEDERATION, GOING TO WORK BY AUTOMOBILE MAY BE EITHER THE MOST EXPENSIVE OR THE CHEAPEST MEANS OF COMMUTING, DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF OCCUPANTS. THE COST OF A 10 MILE TRIP DOWNTOWN WITH DRIVER AS THE ONLY OCCUPANT IS $2.64, WHEREAS THE SAME TRIP WITH SIX OCCUPANTS COSTS 44 CENTS PER OCCUPANT. RAIL TRANSIT IS ALSO CONSIDERED, AND IS FOUND TO BE THE SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE MEANS OF COMMUTING. THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT THE COST OF RAIL TRANSIT INCLUDES THE COST OF GAINING ACCESS TO IT, AS WELL AS HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE, RAILWAY MAINTENANCE, STATION OPERATION, ETC. EXCLUSIVE BUS LANES HAVE PROVEN TO BE A SUCCESSFUL MEANS OF REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF CARS ON THE HIGHWAY. CITY BUSES ARE ONE OF THE CHEAPEST FORMS OF MASS TRANSIT, AND IMPROVED SERVICE AND EQUIPMENT HAS ATTRACTED RIDERS. ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF WORK TRIPS INDICATES THE DESIRABILITY OF CONTINUING THE SEARCH FOR WAYS TO ENCOURAGE CARPOOLS AND BUS USE. IF BY SUCH MEANS THE AVERAGE RUSH HOUR AUTOMOBILE OCCUPANCY COULD BE INCREASED FROM THE PRESENT 1.4 PERSONS TO 1.6, OVER TEN PERCENT OF THE MOTOR VEHICLES WOULD BE REMOVED FROM RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC. /IRRD-IRF/

  • Corporate Authors:

    HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY CENTER UNIVERSITY OF

    URBANA, IL  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Reed, M F
  • Publication Date: 1973-3

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 18-21

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202405
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 15 1982 12:00AM