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Old 02-24-2011, 04:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The issue with Public transport in the UK.. SHOCKING!

so myself and 2 mates are off to see a friend in Nottingham..

its a 600 mile round trip from Glasgow.

below is a costing for the trip:

in my 318iS

Fuel = £91.68 ($147) based on 38uk mpg at £1.279 a litre ($2.06)

Road tax is £112 for 6 months, so 3 days equals £1.85

Mot is £52 per year, so is equal to £0.42

Full service is £45 every 7000 miles (2x services a year) equal to £0.74

Tyres are £208 (4x Toyo CF from camskill.co.uk in 205/60/15) every 30k miles (2 years) equal to £0.85

Brake disks and pads £94 every 30k miles (2 years) equal to £0.39

Insurance is £1000 per year (I have a trade policy) so that’s equal to £8.22

Car cost £500 and will be covered over a year so thats £4.11

Total cost is £108.26 for 3..

Looking for train tickets last sunday gave us a cost of £114 EACH,

Total cost £342

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Old 02-25-2011, 12:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sad to say that here in the US as well without the massive subsidies paid by, drum roll please, gasoline taxes the average commuter bus ride would cost something like twelve dollars each way. Without the cars the public transportation will not work. Of course in the US our cities and towns are often much further apart making mass transit financially unappealing. One light rail spur south of Seattle that was in the news cost something like 6 million taxpayer dollars to build and has 37 riders without much growth expected. If we're ever going to have an inexpensive transit system a lot more thought has got to go into it before it's ever going to be cost efficient and sustainable.
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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fidalgoman -

Yeah, I heard that years ago that the beautiful trains that have been going into LA are subsidized to the tune of about $10 per ticket. And yes, I am still in favor of it, especially when the gas prices go up and people can't afford to drive to work anymore.



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