The bus ride to work is the first time we have been forced to get on the bus.
It can be hard, but we have to do it.
But what if we can’t?
That’s the question at the heart of a new study by the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.
The research looks at the economics of the bus trip and finds that for some people it can be the most expensive way to get to work.
“If you have to wait 30 minutes for a bus to take you from one office to another, then you are spending more money on the trip and you are getting less value for your money,” says Jennifer LeBlanc, professor of marketing and public affairs at the Sauder.
“You are paying more to take the bus than you would for something else.”
The study found that if you were forced to buy a bus ticket on the secondary market, the cost would be between $1 and $2 per hour.
This is based on a 20-minute trip, and the study estimates that for the average bus trip, this cost will be $20 to $25 per hour (although this varies depending on the driver).
LeBlac said that if a driver can offer free rides to employees, then the cost per hour could be significantly lower.
“What that does mean is that for many people it would be a better choice,” she said.
“But if you are a commuter who works on the road, or have to be home in the morning, then this can be a good choice.”
This is not the first study to highlight the impact of the need to buy travel tickets.
In 2016, LeBlace and co-author and Sauder professor of economics Dr. Anindya Bharti wrote an article for the Journal of Transportation Economics titled How much is the cost of travel in the US?
Their conclusion was that, while many people make the trip for a couple of days and then go home, a trip to work can be expensive.
The average cost of a 20 minute bus ride for a Canadian worker is $7.25.
A trip to the office for an American worker is only $5.
The study calculated that the average cost per person for a trip from one city to another is $9.55.
“For most people, the bus ride from their home to work, is a relatively affordable way to go,” said LeBlanche.
“This is partly because of the low cost of living and partly because there are other options to get from home to their work, like taxi, car rental or bus.”
This cost is a result of the fact that bus service is very efficient for both drivers and passengers, and is not subject to fares.
“There is a lot of research that shows that it is efficient to travel more cheaply than the alternatives,” said Bhartic.
“And when you consider that you are actually buying a bus, the drivers are getting a better rate.”
For example, in Toronto, drivers get $0.25 per minute for every one-hour trip.
However, a bus trip costs a whopping $2.50 per person in Toronto for two hours.
In the United States, buses have to pass through a lot more red lights and intersections than in Canada.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers in the U-District of Chicago and Dallas are getting $4.25 for each one-mile trip.
This means that for a one-way trip from the bus station to the airport, the trip would cost an additional $8.25 to $10.50.
“So this is not a one way ticket.
It’s a multi-way ticket,” said Dr. Bhartich.
“It’s a lot easier to do than the single-way tickets that we get in the United Kingdom and Europe.”
This study, however, was not designed to compare bus trips in different countries, but to compare a single- and multi-day bus trip in a given city.
The team also considered the cost savings of using Uber or Lyft to get around the city.
“We wanted to find out what the average driver and passenger would be able to get done, which could be done in less than two hours,” said Prasad.
The findings show that for most people it’s the cheapest option for getting to work and that for those who need to work in the afternoon, the price is cheaper than the bus fare.
“When people are working, the number one thing they need to do is get to the offices and then to the car,” said Rupak Kumar, professor in Sauder’s School of Marketing.
This means many people might not want to use the bus and would rather commute”
By the time they get home, it’s time to start the day.”
This means many people might not want to use the bus and would rather commute