How Much Do You Pay to Commute?



CALCULATE YOUR COMMUTER COSTS
1.

    riders
2. Mileage for each commuter trip (ONE-WAY)     miles
3. Average number of commuter days per week
    days
4. Average miles per gallon for your vehicle     mpg
5. Average price you pay per gallon of fuel
6. Your average monthly parking cost (if any)

  


Daily
Monthly
Annual  
How much do you pay for your commute to school or work? These are the results when only the costs of fuel & parking are considered.
Daily
Monthly
Annual  
For every gallon of regular gas your vehicle consumes, TerraPass.com estimates that 19.42 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) are emitted into the atmosphere. Based on your commuter mileage and your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, these are your vehicle’s CO2 emissions.
Annual  
TerraPass.com sets the value of carbon offsets for individuals and families at $5.95 for each 1000 pounds of CO2. Based on the size of your annual commuter carbon “footprint,” this is the value of your carbon offset.
Now that you see the costs that accumulate with every commute you make in a single-person vehicle, you may want to consider alternatives. Membership in the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) gives you access to an array of programs that encourage less expensive travel. Consider the possibilities!

Bicycle
  • Rent bike lockers and clothes lockers
  • Shower for free at Robertson Gym or Physical Sciences North
  • Save on transportation costs
  • Help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution
  • Reduce stress
  • Get exercise while commuting
Bus
  • Ride a bus locally (Santa Barbara MTD), north to Buellton/Lompoc (Clean Air Express), or south to Ventura/Oxnard (Coastal Express)
  • UCSB staff & faculty, buy transit passes using pre-tax payroll deduction (you qualify if you are on a monthly or biweekly payroll for at least four more months)
  • UCSB students, affix a registration sticker to your student Access card and ride the MTD at no further cost (your registration fees help pay for the service)
  • Save yourself from the stress of traffic congestion
  • Save on the maintenance, insurance, and high fuel costs of your personal vehicle
  • Help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution
Carpool
  • Qualify for a half-priced carpool discount permit (requires two or more staff, faculty, or graduate students UCSB-employed at 45% or more.)
  • Get help to form or enlarge a carpool from TrafficSolutions.info, Zimride.com/UCSB, and/or Carma.com
  • Help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution
Vanpool
  • UCSB staff & faculty, buy transit passes using pre-tax payroll deduction (you qualify if you are on a monthly or biweekly payroll for at least four more months)
  • Join existing vanpools (service to & from Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang, Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks)
Walk, skateboard
  • Travel local, free, and 100% on your own
  • Save on transportation costs
  • Help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution
  • Reduce stress
  • Get exercise while commuting
1. Bicycle
Mouse over these commuting alternatives to discover the ways in which they benefit you, the campus community, and the environment.
2. Bus
3. Carpool
4. Vanpool
5. Walk, skateboard


If you’re not familiar with TAP’s programs, you may want to spend time exploring this website. If you’re ready to make a positive change to your commuting lifestyle:

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We would love to hear from you. This is the initial rollout of the Commuter Cost Calculator. The more we know about you and your experience with it, the more useful and interesting we can make the product. Thank you!
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