Getting around the Twin Cities is nearly as costly as housing

  • Article by: David Peterson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 14, 2013 - 1:06 PM

Faster than the nation as a whole, the cost of transportation in the Twin Cities may soon exceed that of a roof over one’s head.

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erikj3Nov. 14, 1312:22 AM

It's becoming harder and harder for the middle class to keep up. The future definitely does not look bright...

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dottyNov. 14, 13 1:07 AM

I did the whole worksheet and got $13,600 as a total yearly cost for transportation (two vehicles) and housing. I guess it depends on where you live and what you drive.

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minn12Nov. 14, 13 2:22 AM

Let's come to an agreement here: You can live in a condo downtown and ride a bike to work if you want to. And I can live in the suburbs in my big house, and commute to my job in my big, honking SUV. It's called 'freedom', and it's what this country was founded upon. Don't forget it.

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jplamp9Nov. 14, 13 3:49 AM

With transportation costs the second largest household expense factoring that cost into a home purchase is a wise decision. That suburban mortgage may be penny wise but pound fuelish.

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mnpls123Nov. 14, 13 5:08 AM

", and commute to my job in my big, honking SUV. It's called 'freedom', and it's what this country was founded upon. Don't forget it."------absolutely your choice. Just stop asking the rest of us to subsidize your lifestyle choices.

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SnippetNov. 14, 13 5:22 AM

>>> And I can live in the suburbs in my big house, and commute to my job in my big, honking SUV. It's called 'freedom', and it's what this country was founded upon. Don't forget it. <<<< Bingo! I love the idea here that someone is somehow making our commutes longer than they are "supposed" to be. That someone is US making personal choices. I chose to live in the suburbs and work in the city. My choice. My commute. Yes, it had to do with schools, by the way...

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woodpecNov. 14, 13 5:31 AM

minn12 is right; in the end, we all can make our own decisions. But we will make better decisions if we have the information. On another note, these numbers put the ridiculously low gas tax in Minnesota in a different perspective---and for that we all pay with increased car maintenance costs. It would be a truly conservative value if we all took our responsibility and paid for the services we use, wouldn't it?

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jweb1958Nov. 14, 13 5:51 AM

I moved to the Twin Cities 25 years ago, and I remember when freeways were lightly traveled once rush hour was over. But in the last 10 years that's all changed: heavy traffic even at 10:30 AM on weekdays. The big problem is that mass transit isn't feasible for most people because major employers are located all over the place. Think of all the development of office space for large employers over the years: almost all of it in the suburbs, where it's impractical to ride buses/trains from suburb to suburb to get to and from work. If we want effective mass transit here, we have to force large-scale office employment into the central cities through tax and zoning policies. Building light rail that takes few people to their jobs is a pure boondoggle. Good mass transit means just that - MASS transit of lots of workers.

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texas_technomanNov. 14, 13 6:11 AM

I did the worksheet, came in $20k less than the "similar household"...I guess that's what I am saving by being retired. Let alone the wear and tear on the brain having to fight through commuting everyday.

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bizsmithNov. 14, 13 6:24 AM

Move closer to your job.

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