The other day I mentioned that I don't take the bus myself simply because it would take too long to get to work. But for a lot of people taking the bus or other mass transit can be a great way to save money. The cost of mass transit varies from city to city.
I found this document that lists single adult fare rates for a variety transit systems. If you skim through that you can get an idea of how prices vary. I also then looked up the websites for several cities to see how their prices for single fares and monthly passes compared.
Here is a table of some of the larger cities in the USA as well as a handful of other good size cities, the link to the transit website is in the name of the city :
|New York City||$2.25||$104|
Generally the costs fall within a certain range. Typical single basic fare ride tickets are in the $1.10 to $2.25 range. The median is $1.75 and the average is $1.78. The basic fare can be for a shorter ride and mass transit programs often charge a higher fare for longer rides. I did not record the higher fare rates but they typically run closer to $3 per trip. That would be the kind of ride that takes you all the way across town in a larger city.
For a monthly pass the median is $71 and the average is $70. If you take the bus frequently like a daily commute to work then a monthly pass will easily pay for itself.
Bottom Line: The bus typically costs around $1.75 per ride and $70 for a monthly pass, give or take.