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  •  You missed from your calculations (2+ / 0-)
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    Superpole, Rashaverak

    That you will also have to include in the cost of the road travel all the associated fixed and variable expenses in purchasing and maintaining your car. The additional usage will advance the next routine service and produce wear on the engine and tires and depreciate its value.

    It is, however, a fairly minor addition to the simple cost of ownership - unless you do it on a very regular basis. If you were a businessman doing that trip, you might also have to deduct the opportunity value of being able to work on the train. If you were carrying a couple with young children, the personal cost of the hassle of transferring modes vs the car would seem to favor the latter.

    So the choice of different travel modes is very variable and other factors do have to be taken into account.

    "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Sat May 10, 2014 at 11:04:37 AM PDT

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