28 Apr '14, 10pm

"Carpooling, public transit or telecommuting could save commuters more than $1,800 annually." htt…

"Carpooling, public transit or telecommuting could save commuters more than $1,800 annually." htt…

My friend Megan, who lives in a suburban neighborhood a few miles from my home, took a new job last year and, lo and behold, her office is right next door to mine in downtown Washington, D.C. I remarked that it seemed odd that we never bump into each other on the daily commute. That’s because Megan fights traffic driving to work every day instead of riding the Metro commuter train as I do. When I asked why, she explained that commuting by car is more convenient and cost-effective because she can park for free at her office. If Megan were to take Metro, she’d have to drive a couple miles to the nearest transit station and pay for parking, then walk a few blocks from the downtown station to the office. Driving seemed to save her time and money. I was perplexed by her logic. Then again, I live just a short walk to the train station so it’s definitely more convenient and cost-...

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