The Cost of your Commute: a thought-provoking graphic shows how much your car costs you in time & money.

Via on Nov 8, 2011

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Liz Benson:

The assumption they are using is if two people each drive 30 miles each way to work and value their time at $25/hour, then they could take the cost of their commutes in money and time (valued at $25/hr) and spend that money on their mortgag…e payment to live closer to work. That couple could borrow an additional $900k and their annual payment on that debt would be about the same as their annual commuting cost. Does that make sense?
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About Liz Benson

Liz Benson is a Realtor/EcoBroker with Colorado Landmark Realtors based in Boulder, CO. She is also Mom to a lovely teenage daughter and an energetic border collie. When not juggling those duties, she enjoys travel, riding her vintage cruiser and DIY home improvements.


9 Responses to “The Cost of your Commute: a thought-provoking graphic shows how much your car costs you in time & money.”

  1. Jill Barth Jill Barth says:

    Thanks for this. I've just posted to the elephant green Facebook page.

  2. Marjorie says:

    Reading this makes me happy that a: I'm a flight attendant and b: I commute to work using a bus and the el, which costs me $4.75 ($2.25 there, $2.50 back) and I'm one less car on the road in busy Chicago!

  3. Heather says:

    haha same here, really happy I take the train to work every day!

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  5. This is awesome! I do most of my work from home, but have a decent commute to school (across several major highways..not reasonably commutable by bike), other misc places. In a somewhat rural area that is not that conducive to bike commute (great bike trails though!) I would love to live in a community where I could bike/walk to most things. I have before & miss it!

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