So Edmonton is not New York, Paris or even Toronto when it comes to transit. However, if you are the type of person with a regular commute along specially selected areas (downtown, the University and perhaps a few cloisters around major malls), you could actually use our little transit system that could.
Their website, which goes by the lovely mouthful http://edmonton.ca/transportation/edmonton-transit-system-ets.aspx just got a fancy pants redesign. I don’t know if this was part of their site before, but they now have a “Commuter Calculator” where you can calculate how much you’re saving by taking transit.
I take the train when I don’t bike to the University, and have about a 30 minute commute, depending on peak times, how fast I feel like walking, etc. Driving can be really quick, like 10 minutes not including parking. It’s not that much of a hassle for me to take public transportation, so I was surprised to see just how much I would be saving if indeed I switched from driving. $2400 a year is a lot of dollars per year!
This doesn’t even take into account parking on campus, which could add another $400 on top of that. Granted, anyone that *would* consider driving, when other relatively speedy options exist, when you consider the incredibly crappy parking situation on campus is nuts, so this whole comparison is a bit moot.
How much would you save from switching to the bus?