Peter 'Happy' Thomas (happypete) wrote,
Peter 'Happy' Thomas

Train or car...

So here's the thing. It's about a 4.5 hour drive and a 4.5 hour train ride (not counting time to, from, and in stations at each end).

I'm sure we could get a pick-up at the other end.

We might be able to get a drop-off at this end.

But the tickets for the 3 of us are $350. If you believe some environmental activist publications, the actual cost of driving a car including so-called "societal" costs, is nearly $1.00 per mile. I don't have a societal cost figure for being three passengers on a train, per mile, but I'm guessing it's lower than the $0.32 per mile cited by the study I read.

So, cost for train: $350 + $58.62 ($0.97 per mile for 30 miles to and from train station) + $45 (guesstimate for 3 day's parking) = $453.62

Claimed total cost of driving: 504.2 round trip @ $0.977 = $492.60

Talk about your toss-ups...especially considering that if I erase the $0.322 "societal" cost, it's a no-brainer, and some of the specific driver direct costs they cite don't apply to me. (Not sure if there's any they don't cite, that do...doubt it).

No matter how you slice it, though, our direct right now out-of-pocket costs are like $40 or $50 of gas (+/-) vs. $350. Sigh.

If it were just me going, this would also be a no-brainer.

Okay, if this is a no-brainer, and I'm just being dumb about how I'm thinking about it, hit that comment link and enlighten me.

Oh yeah, context: it's finally time for Arisia again! Yay!

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