Readers of this blog know that I visit New York City about twice a year. I always drive and the little nickel and dime charges add up. Here is an estimate of what a round trip to the Big Apple from New York costs:
|Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (2-ways @ $2.00)||$4.00|
|Maryland Toll Plaza (northbound only)||$5.00|
|Delaware Turnpike (2-ways @ $4.00)||$8.00|
|New Jersey Turnpike (both ways @$5.85)||$11.70|
|Parking in Manhattan||$25.00|
|Delaware Memorial Bridge||$3.00|
|Gas (400 miles @ 20 mpg and $3.00 per gallon)||$60.00|
You can trim a little off that if you get on the New Jersey Turnpike in Trenton and get off at the Holland Tunnel, but that only saves a couple of bucks. We usually take our kid so that comes to about forty bucks a person. Taking a coach class Amtrack train would be at least $200 a person round trip. I've done that for business once, and it's nice to be able to rest or nap, but not for that kind of money on my dime. And the super fast Acela trains cost even more.
My wife's school organized a group bus trip for $35 per person. That makes it cheaper than driving as long as only two people are going. Since my son has a band competition, we are on our own. It's a bunch of fellow teachers, so she should know people and we won't be stuck with a bunch of random strangers.
The bus leaves at 7 am, so this has to count as my entry for NaBloPoMo today. I will give full details on what we did in NYC tomorrow.