One of Providence’s trumpeted advantages is its geographical proximity to both NYC and Boston. I am traveling to NYC shortly (a frequent jaunt for me and my wife) and this prompted a discussion with co-workers as to the best, most convenient, and lowest cost ways to travel. I had actually, once upon a time, priced this out for an Urbanplanet post and found the text file.
Here were the results, which aren’t a cost triumph for mass transit (especially as I was assuming a car with a poor 25 MPG highway and fuel costs a bit higher than they are now):
(includes toll and assumes no parking fees in the city)
$35.50 round trip for one or two people
New Haven option:
This is what I usually do. This is driving to New Haven Station, parking there, and then taking MetroNorth to Grand Central.
$20 round trip driving
$32 round trip on MTA
$77 round trip for one person
$109 round trip for two people
Peter Pan Bus:
(includes RIPTA fares to KP)
$87 round trip for one person
$174 round trip for two people
(includes RIPTA fares to downtown)
$171 round trip for one person
$338 round trip for two people
This is interesting food for thought… Obviously, this says nothing about environmental friendliness or convenience (especially in NYC with a car), but on travel logistics alone, Amtrak for the two of us would be over $300 more than driving a car. How expensive would gas have to get to begin to even this out with a bus or rail?