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Old 08-21-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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I am starting a new job at the Pentagon and trying to figure out the commute cost. Are there any other options out there since this seems pretty expensive? Unfortunately, driving there is not an option for me.

Option 1
For month of August
Vienna to Pentagon
Round trip: $10.10 / day (sorry it should be $10.10)
Parking: $4.75 /day
Total: $14.85
Monthly Total: 23 workdays * $14.85 = $341.55

Option 2
28-Day Fast Pass $230
$230 + (23 workdays* $4.75 (parking)) = $339
3 workdays left in rail costs excluding parking. So I am not sure if this method will save me money since I just work on the weekdays.

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Old 08-21-2012, 09:38 PM
 
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Originally Posted by gogent View Post
I am starting a new job at the Pentagon and trying to figure out the commute cost. Are there any other options out there since this seems pretty expensive? Unfortunately, driving there is not an option for me.

Option 1
For month of August
Vienna to Pentagon
Round trip: $10.05 / day
Parking: $4.75 /day
Total: $14.85
Monthly Total: 23 workdays * $14.85 = $341.55

Option 2
28-Day Fast Pass $230
$230 + (23 workdays* $4.75 (parking)) = $339
3 workdays left in rail costs excluding parking. So I am not sure if this method will save me money since I just work on the weekdays.
$5.05 one way unless you can travel off-peak. I'm not sure about that area, but if there is a bus you can take to the station its probably cheaper than parking.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Are you a federal employee? If so, you should get a stipend towards metro use.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:37 AM
 
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Also, look into taking a bus to Vienna, that cuts a couple of dollars off of your parking fees or look into carpooling.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:06 AM
 
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The government gives you more than 50 cents a mile if you "take a trip by car" for them:

Mileage rate

Assuming that per-mile cost is accurate in general (some think it it low, some think it is high!), you can figure how much it actually costs to commute back and forth by car and compare that to the other modes of transportation.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: NoVA
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I'm pretty sure you can't be reimbursed mileage for general commuting between your home and work place.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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If you are a Fed or a military member, you can receive a $125/month subsidy
<NCRTransitSubsidy>

If you are a contractor, see if your employer offers any transit benefits.


Regarding Sullyguy's post, that does not apply to daily commuting. It only applies if you're traveling on authorized orders and the cost of driving is less than airfare.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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28-Day Fast Pass $230
Pass available only on SmarTrip® cards for 28 consecutive days of unlimited rail travel. Pass can be loaded onto your SmarTrip® card by logging in to your account online or by downloading at any Metrorail station Farecard & Passes machine
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I'm pretty sure you can't be reimbursed mileage for general commuting between your home and work place.
No, but it would give you a good estimate of the approximate cost of driving your car to work. It might make public transportation the clear winner/loser in the situation.
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:43 AM
 
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No, but it would give you a good estimate of the approximate cost of driving your car to work. It might make public transportation the clear winner/loser in the situation.
Yeah, that's why I posted - my apologies to those who misunderstood the unclear post as suggesting the government would pay for a commute.
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