Travel cost calculator results
Step 2: Review estimated total trip costs
- The kilometre value you entered () is automatically doubled to make it a round trip ().
- 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.
Step 3: View per kilometre details
The table shows the total cost per km (you + society) for each travel option. For example, transit fare ticket costs are averaged as a per km economic cost to you. See Frequently Asked Questions for more details about the data used.
* indicates a health benefit to you and/or society
|Travel cost calculator categories||Walking||Cycling||Public Transit||Driving|
|Costs to you
(maintenance, purchases, fuel, insurance, tires, licence, registration and parking costs)
(value of physical activity to reduce diseases)
|Sub Total of personal cost per km|
|Costs to society
(costs to build, maintain and operate the transportation network, congestion and collision vehicle damage)
(Air, water, noise and GHG pollutants)
(healthcare system savings from active transportation)
|Sub Total of society cost per km|
(to you and society)
|Total cost per kilometre|
|Kilometres entered (x2)
The TCC multiplied kilometres entered by 2 to calculate the round trip results below.
Total cost of round trip|
Note: A negative value represents a health benefit to you and/or society.
|Average cost of round trip per week|
|Average cost of round trip per month|
|Average cost of round trip per year|
|Emissions reduction from using active transportation or public transit compared to driving||100%||100%||99%||0%|
% of World Health Organizations's recommended daily physical activity|
(transit and driving include values for walking to/from starting/ending point)
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.
Use Calgary's pathways and bikeways to improve or maintain your health and help ease traffic congestion
Frequently Asked Questions
|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.
|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.
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:
- The City of Calgary Transportation Department.
- 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|
|Component||Description of society cost components|
For additional information about the Travel Cost Calculator, contact 311.