As a student there is no way I can afford driving without breaking my piggy bank. Even when you have a job, driving is pretty expensive. Gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are a couple hundred dollars each month.
I have always used public transportation and have found it to be less expensive. As a bonus, many universities have programs to help students pay for public transportation, like bus passes.
The University of Colorado has a student bus pass program that offers enrolled students a free pass sticker through its environmental center. While Seattle University students can get a discount of 55% off the full price of their buss pass if they meet the requirements.
Although there are some drawbacks to taking the bus – like having to wake up extra early – one of the benefits is the low cost. A monthly bus pass in Los Angeles is $62. Then I applied for a student bus card with my local transportation authority. The student bus pass is $36, almost half the original price. A couple months ago, the university I attend began a student transit subsidy program allowing students to purchase their bus passes for $15 – that’s a savings of $47 a month!
I’m not lucky. I did my homework. My school is not the only one. Many universities have similar programs to help students pay for their bus passes. A call to the student affairs office could pay off. If that office can’t help you, ask them who would manage transportation programs.
The discounts are not limited to students. Senior citizens and disabled riders may also qualify for discounts through their local transportation authority. Give them a call to find out.
If you use public transportation to get to work, inquire in the human resources office for discounts. Many companies are now helping their employees by paying part of their bus pass fee or covering it completely under employee benefits.