The world as we know it is only becoming more populated and doesn’t look like it wants to slow down any time soon. Our highways and roads do a great job linking us with our destinations. If you prefer to drive or it is the only thing you know, sometimes, mostly unexpected we run into an obstacle or problem. You need another option or it just common sense not to drive. So what do we rely on? Only one of the most necessary means to supply order and keep chaos at a minimum in a city or heavily populated area. Public transportation.
Growing up I always drove. Living with my parents and having minimal income I could still afford it. It wasn’t until I moved out that driving started to become a great expense. Not to mention sometimes dangerous and more often than not, aggravating. I had a job and was making better money but just thinking of the pile of money that could be saved was almost keeping me up at night. I decided to weigh my options.
Already owning an automobile is a plus. A big plus but in the long run it doesn’t matter much. Just another asset that drops in value everyday. To me it is of neutral value unless of course it is a luxury item that one day five years from now it will be worth something.
If you own a car you most likely drive to work unless its a short walk or there is a train or bus stop somewhere nearby. According to the United States Census Bureau Press release in 2004 New York City spends about a week per year just commuting. New York in fact has the longest commute in the nation. This includes public and non public methods of transporting ourselves to work. Not including leisure or recreational activities. This does include almost forty minutes of travel time, one way.
All this said and done about twenty dollars for every three days including a small trip here and there to the grocery store or to pick a friend up or what not. That could mean almost fifty dollars a week. Of course we are being a little general here but I am merely laying out a perspective that shows you whats going on. So give or take 200 dollars a month depending on the amount of driving the individual does. So right off the bat the cost of gas alone is more expensive than the monthly unlimited Metro Cards good for subways and buses in NYC. The Metro Card is seventy six dollars for thirty days starting the day it is first used.
Having a personal automobile requires insurance payments if you want to drive legally that particular month. This gives you the liberty to go where you want when you want and with who you want. Also known as freedom. Freedom also means you can freely look for your own parking spot when you drive to school or when you freely go to the movies. Also if you play “bumper freedom” you could “freely” be held responsible for your own actions. All jokes aside this can all be very expensive. I would also like to note that while your car is parked, depending on how much money you give your insurance company a month, could be suspect to harm and you might have to come out of pocket. Glass, oil and any other maintenance also builds up the weight of expenses of owning and operating a vehicle.
If you know what you are doing either a subway or bus can get you from the southern most tip in Staten Island to the northern most region in the Bronx. A single ride fare including transfers within an hour only cost you two dollars. There’s “people traffic” and sometimes you have to stand if there are no seats. Its easy to get lost your first few times but these routes become almost second nature. Public transportation is also helping our economy in more than obvious way. Buses also now have cleaner air, low emission systems. So besides helping the Ozone layer its also good for the economy.
The decision to drive can be a toss up. So much privacy and so much freedom. But does it really make sense. We fight wars over oil which in turn keep our vehicles functioning. Our vehicles do harm to our atmosphere but its over looked. All so we can be free in our journeys endangering our lives at every intersection.