Diane Trout (alienghic) wrote,
Diane Trout

Cars suck!

I just renewed my auto insurance.

$771 for the year.

I feel ripped off. blech. I probably was ripped off.

You know over the past 10 years I end up spending an average of $2000/year on the privilege of having a car.

A years worth of bus passes would cost me $500. It looks like equivalent service in New York, would cost $756, and I've heard rumors that new york even has a functional mass transit system.

Not only that, a recent study claimed that automobile users only pay for about 1/3 of the total social costs of our automobile dependence[1]. So misusing that data somewhat, the actual costs of me having a car are closer to $6000/year.

I wonder what the total costs of mass transit are? Considering the distaste US culture holds mass transit in, I suspect mass transit programs are closer to actually paying for themselves.

[1] 2001 State of the World, pg 112, World Watch Institute
[2] Originally from: A review of the Social Costs of Motor-Vehicle Use in the United States, Jan 1998, Journal of Transportation and Statistics.

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