Would $3 a day get you to change your commute?

110531 - Kennesaw - Southbound traffic on I575 just south of Chastain was relatively free flowing this morning at 8:30 am, with a quick trip time to I285.   The normally jammed I575 was free flowing during peak commute hours to the perimeter this morning.   School is out for summer by now in most metro counties. Traffic was flowing smoothly today as commuters returned to work after Memorial Day.  Tues, May 31, 2011  Bob Andres bandres@ajc.com
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110531 - Kennesaw - Southbound traffic on I575 just south of Chastain was relatively free flowing this morning at 8:30 am, with a quick trip time to I285. The normally jammed I575 was free flowing during peak commute hours to the perimeter this morning. School is out for summer by now in most metro counties. Traffic was flowing smoothly today as commuters returned to work after Memorial Day. Tues, May 31, 2011 Bob Andres bandres@ajc.com
110531 - Kennesaw - Southbound traffic on I575 just south of Chastain was relatively free flowing this morning at 8:30 am, with a quick trip time to I285.   The normally jammed I575 was free flowing during peak commute hours to the perimeter this morning.   School is out for summer by now in most metro counties. Traffic was flowing smoothly today as commuters returned to work after Memorial Day.  Tues, May 31, 2011  Bob Andres bandres@ajc.com

Tues, May 31, 2011 Bob Andres bandres@ajc.com

Consider this.

Your estimated annual cost of driving alone is $11,518.56 if your daily round trip from home to work is around 100 miles and you commute 25 days a month, according to Georgia Commute Options.

Georgia Commute Options wants drivers to think of ways they could save money by choosing a commute alternative. To give some incentive, it’s offering the “Commute Pursuit” challenge.

Between July 13-31, new ride-sharing commuters can earn $3 for every day for logging their ride-share commute at GaCommuteOptions.com.

To enter, commuters must be making their first switch to ride-sharing from driving alone.

If you don’t have time to log your ride-share commute, you can still save money by considering one of the following commute options and their estimated annual costs:

  • Carpooling to work: $8,639
  • Vanpooling to work: $1,200
  • Taking transit: $2,210

That means you could save big bucks by carpooling ($2,880), vanpooling ($10,319) or taking transit ($9,308).

Obviously, these costs vary depending on the type of vehicle and driving habits. But it’s worth considering.

– Blog post by reporter Kendall Trammell, kendall.trammell@coxinc.com.


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