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Travel cost calculator results

Step 2: Review estimated total trip costs


NOTES:
  • The kilometre value you entered (3) is automatically doubled to make it a round trip (6).
  • A transit ticket only costs $3.40 per trip for you, but there are costs shared by everyone through taxes, to purchase buses and C-Trains, pay operators and maintain infrastructure.
  • The calculator does not include the value of time as a cost, but reports the estimated travel time of each travel option. This will vary by user, and should be considered in conjunction with the cost amount.
  • Wondering how the costs are calculated? See our FAQ below.
  • Travel times are calculated using an overall average city-wide speed and may not represent a given route.

* A negative value represents the health benefit from physical activity in terms of less sick days, doctor visits or diseases.

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Walking(-$1.50)** indicates a net benefit to society

Travel time: 1 hr 12 min

100% emissions reduction

336% of recommended physical activity

Total cost per kilometre: (-$0.25)*

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Cycling$0.06

Travel time: 23 min

100% emissions reduction

105% of recommended physical activity

Total cost per kilometre: $0.01

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Public Transit$2.58

Travel time: 16 min

99% emissions reduction

47% of recommended physical activity

Total cost per kilometre: $0.43

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Driving$6.96

Travel time: 12 min

0% emissions reduction

19% of recommended physical activity

Total cost per kilometre: $1.16

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Step 4: Help make Calgary better


Research shows that cities across the world are encouraging more sustainable transportation choices that cost less to build and maintain, and contribute to healthier people and healthier cities. Now that you’ve learned more about the full travel cost of your trip, we want to know how much progress you think The City should make to improve travel choices and other qualities for Calgarians.

Share your input here

Learn more


Walking and cycling

Use Calgary's pathways and bikeways to improve or maintain your health and help ease traffic congestion.

Calgary Transit

Our new transit network offers more direct routes, service to key destinations and makes travel easier.

Carpooling

Carpooling can save you up to 20 per cent on fuel and parking costs and is convenient and flexible.

Frequently Asked Questions


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Transportation Option Description
Walking Refers to a person travelling by foot at an average speed of 5 km/hr.
Cycling Refers to a person travelling by bicycle at an average speed of 16 km/hr.
Public Transit Refers to a person travelling by bus/Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) at an average speed of 22 km/hr.
  • This refers to the average of all bus and LRV models operated by Calgary Transit, including compressed natural gas, gasoline, and diesel-powered buses and shuttles in a variety of sizes and electric powered LRV.
Driving Refers to a person travelling by automobile at an average speed of 52 km/hr. Travel speed varies significantly based on time of day, weather, congestion and collisions.
  • ​Automobile represents an average of various personal (i.e. non-commercial) automobile models, including compact, crossover intermediate, luxury, pickup, sport, subcompact, SUV, and van.
  • These don't include electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles or motorcycles.
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The TCC was created using a combination of City data and external research. It is meant to raise awareness of available travel options and the impacts to the environment, our health and the economy.

The two main sources of data are:

  1. The City of Calgary Transportation Department.
  2. Transportation Cost and Benefit Analysis Techniques, Estimates and Implications (2016) by Todd Alexander Litman and Eric Doherty from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
Component​ Description of personal cost components
Economic
  • The costs to operate and maintain a chosen option. Costs include purchases, maintenance, repair, fuel, tires, insurance, license, registration, parking and transit fares.
  • The personal risk of injury or death from using a chosen option. Costs include injuries, and fatalities attributed to medical expenses, pain, suffering and loss of life.
Environmental
  • The cost of fuel tax of .13/L.
Health
  • The value of physical activity in preventing injury and disease.
Component Description of society cost components
Economic
  • The costs of roadway congestion imparted on other people.
  • The capital cost of building major and minor infrastructure.
  • The costs to operate and maintain the transportation network. Transit costs are balanced by revenue generated from transit fares.
  • The cost of collisions involving vehicle damages.
Environmental
  • The cost of pollutants emitted from motorized travel. These calculations include air pollution, greenhouse gas, noise emissions, water pollution and land use impacts.
Health
  • The savings to the healthcare system resulting from using active transportation.
  • The savings from increased workplace productivity (i.e. fewer sick days) resulting from using active transportation.
  • The cost of collisions involving personal injury or death.
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The automobile operating and maintenance costs used in the TCC were calculated using the Canadian Automobile Association Driving Costs Calculator. Please visit https://www.caa.ca/carcosts/ to calculate your individual automobile costs.​
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For additional information about the Travel Cost Calculator, contact 311.

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