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Old 10-29-09, 10:11 PM
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Is it time to ditch the bus pass?

I pay $40 dollars per month through payroll deduction for a subsidized bus pass. I had been commuting every day by bus for the past 7 years. A few weeks ago, I began riding almost exclusively by bicycle, and I don't ride the bus outside of commuting very often. At what point is it time to get rid of the bus pass? FYI, bus fare at the moment, is 1.75 to 2.00 per ride if I would be riding on occasion-- which I guess would mean I would need to ride about 20 times per month to make it worthwhile.
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Old 10-29-09, 10:21 PM
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I believe you answered your own question.
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Old 10-30-09, 01:31 AM
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If I could get a monthly buspass for $40 I Would do it. Sometimes I dont feel like riding after work or if I am going somewhere fancy and would rather not get sweaty going there. I am car free so I would probably use the bus pass for more than jsut commuting. Where do you live, whats the weather like, how far away are things, are all also important questions to consider.
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Old 10-30-09, 01:52 AM
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I used to take the bus/metro everywhere before i started riding.

Pros of Public Transit
-Comfy
-Warm/Cool
-You get to read

Cons
-Crazies
-No Biking
-People

In so many words, i believe that it is always time to ditch the bus pass. you only have to deal with crazies for a second before you go by them or they go by you.
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Old 10-30-09, 03:39 AM
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Unless you have a crazy long commute, bicycling will trump bus commuting for convenience, speed, and economy.

If you have to cross a narly cars/truck only bridge or have a 15 mile commute or have to commute on high-traffic roads, then a bus might make more sense. If not, you can't beat the freedom that a bicycle provides in terms of mobility, efficiency, and time conservation when compared with a bus.
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Old 10-30-09, 03:47 AM
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20 rides is 10 workdays per month (2 rides = 1 round trip). you'd be losing your pre-tax benefits but on $40 what are we talking about??? pennies?

make sure to keep some correct change on hand for those days when you must ride.
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Old 10-30-09, 05:07 AM
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Originally Posted by alr View Post
a subsidized bus pass.
Is your employer paying a portion?

I have one through work, but they actually throw $60 a month to a SmartTrip card for Metro. I gave up parking and opted for the metro pass for those days I want to metro with the bike because I don't feel well, pouring rain, etc. You have to weight all your options. $40 pre-tax in the grand scheme of things isn't a lot if there are issues that come with giving it up.
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Old 10-30-09, 05:08 AM
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stay on the bus, forget about us, put the blame on me......
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Old 10-30-09, 12:57 PM
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Are the bus passes transferrable? Sell it to a friend that could use to "free" themselves from the tyranny of driving to work.
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Old 10-30-09, 01:41 PM
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If you have a car I would ditch the bus pass if not I would keep it.
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Old 10-30-09, 02:45 PM
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I haven't had a bus pass in two years. It gives me an extra push to ride in the morning when I don't really feel like it because getting on the bus would cost extra. I have to leave the house at a pretty much identical time regardless. I think if I had a pass I'd probably take the bus a couple days a week, even in nice weather....then regret it when it's time to come home. So I guess I'd probably ditch the pass in your position.

$40 is a great deal for a bus pass, though...even the subsidized one my employer offers is close to $60.
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Old 10-30-09, 04:00 PM
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My employer charges $15/month for a bus pass, pre-tax. After doing the yearly calculations I concluded that it was actually cheaper to NOT have a bus pass. So far it's perfect. Even though I have to take the bus every so often, this past year I will have saved more $ by not taking the pass. So more $ was spent on bike stuff.
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Old 10-30-09, 05:24 PM
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I made the same switch from bus to bike on March 29, 2006. (I dumped my car in April 1999.)

Although I didn't intend it this way and left myself plenty of wiggle room, since then I have *never* ridden the bus to work. Even so, I keep exact change for round-trip bus fare in my trunk bag, just in case.

I have ridden the bus only a couple of times a year when I've had to leave my bike at the LBS and pick it up again.
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Old 10-30-09, 06:08 PM
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I made the same change. However, we have various bus pass levels and ticket book levels.
In making the switch I went to a 10 ride ticket book. Eventually it got to the point that the ticket book was almost falling apart before I used them up but it was nice to have a fall back that did not involve calling for help.
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Old 10-30-09, 06:58 PM
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I would keep the bus pass. However, I'm one of those with a crazy long commute (25 miles one way), working more than 30 hours and attending two online classes and one class on campus twice a week in the evenings.
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Old 10-31-09, 12:16 AM
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I just carry around a 'Charlie Card' (what we call our public transit passes in Boston) with $20 on it for days when the weather is really bad. The Charlie card can be configured to be an unlimited monthly pass (for like $40) or just have an arbitrary value stored on it. I haven't had to add any money to it since June.
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