Educational Tools for the Commuter
While recently exploring some of the related partner sites on the Transportation for Pennsylvania blog, I came across the Commuter Services of Pennsylvania, an organization working to reduce traffic congestion and helping commuters find alternatives to the daily lonely drive. Since, at times, it is difficult to grasp the actual cost of a daily commute, Commuter Services provides a tool on their website that calculates monthly and yearly commuting expenses, based on average miles driven daily and other key factors. The results can sometimes be (painfully) shocking.
Given my average round trip mileage of a measly 20 miles with a fuel-efficient car, the Commuter Calculator estimated that I spend over $350 a month on the drive to and from work. Of course, this cost includes insurance and depreciation, as well as the cost of maintenance, but these costs are often overlooked in the calculations – yet should be acknowledged. I suggest every reader who drives alone to work try out this tool.
The website has plenty of information on car-sharing programs, public transportation in Pennsylvania, and tips on walking to work (for those lucky few who live by work). It’s encouraging to have Commuter Services of Pennsylvania provide all of these educational tools for the state’s residents. The program encourages walkable communities in municipal planning decisions and promotes a variety of transportation choices. Overall, it serves as an invaluable resource for the residents of Pennsylvania.
Visit the T4PA blog to see a list of all the partners, and keep checking this blog for more information on smarter transportation options.