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a road trip without any ability to drive

BeMyTravelAgentFilter: Help me figure out a way to make a trip from the Bay Area to New Orleans doable and affordable - when driving is not an option. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 4, 2014 - 23 answers

17 hours without internet, I think I'm gonna die!!!

Actually, it's a friend of mine who is suffering without internet. He's on a Greyhound for the next 17 hours. Wifi and power outlets on the bus aren't working. Driver doesn't know how to fix it. I guess this is a long shot, but does anyone know if these buses have circuit breakers or something that can be reset, or other ideas for how to get wifi and power working?
posted by phoenix_rising on May 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Disarming things one can say when giving up a seat on the bus?

I regularly run into a semi embarrassing situation when offering my seat to someone on the bus, and I would prefer to give both myself and the stranger in question easier outs. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Mar 26, 2014 - 52 answers

Get me to the GRE

How reliable are NJ Transit buses from Port Authority? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Jan 28, 2014 - 13 answers

How can I minimize the cost of a public transit only trip to LA?

I'm planning a solo trip to Los Angeles for a week this coming February and will only using public transit... [more inside]
posted by danlewis84 on Dec 20, 2013 - 6 answers

School bus drivers workday pay.

I live in Boston where public school bus drivers are threatening to strike. They pickup kids and drive them to school and return they home at the end of the day. Are they paid for the down time between runs or are they only paid for actual driving time?
posted by BillyAnne on Nov 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Best options for DC tours

Family members are coming to visit the D.C. area soon. They want to check out the monuments and museums but don't have a high tolerance for walking all day. What are the best tour options (bus, trolley, etc) to accommodate this? [more inside]
posted by JannaK on Nov 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Is this public transit plan safe? Chicago edition.

Is 4AM late at night or early in the morning? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Aug 22, 2013 - 26 answers

Can President Kennedy ride the DC/Maryland bus?

Do WMATA (DC/Maryland SmartTrip-equipped) buses take half-dollar coins? [more inside]
posted by pavane on Aug 18, 2013 - 6 answers

4 weeks in the Balkans by train and bus

Planning a four weeks long overland trip around the Balkans in September/October. [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats on Jul 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Living for 3 weeks in NYC - now what?

I'm going to be living in NYC (UWS near Lincoln Center) for 3 weeks in August, as well as taking a class in Chelsea. Help me make my way in the big city and make the best of my not-in-class time! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Jul 11, 2013 - 21 answers

Where can we find long-term parking in downtown Nashville?

My friend and I are hoping to drive down to Nashville tomorrow, park the car in long-term parking, and take a Greyhound bus to another destination. How can we pull this off? Is there long-term parking downtown? Should we park at the airport and take a bus into town? [more inside]
posted by Bluestocking_Puppet on Jul 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Bus journey from Ankara airport to city center?

I am travelling for four days to Turkey's capital. My hotel is in downtown Ankara and I have been told I should take bus 442 and get off at Kizilay city center, which is a 5-minute-walk away (hotel at Kültür Mh.Ataç-2 Sokak No:46). Does anyone know the area? Any major landmark(s) I should pay attention to so as not to miss my stop? How viable are EGO buses to get around? (I'll also need to travel daily to the university Cebeci Campus)
posted by Basque13 on May 9, 2013 - 1 answer

Vancouver, BC with twin 2-year olds and no car

Me, my wife, and our twin 2-year old boys are taking a day-trip to Vancouver, BC next Friday, mainly to get some paperwork taken care of at the Bentall Centre downtown (above the Burrard Skytrain station). We'll be flying in by float plane in the morning, will be finished with our appointments at 11am, and taking a ferry home from Tsawwassen in the evening. What to do in-between? [more inside]
posted by Emanuel on Apr 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Pictures of celebrities riding public transit?

We're looking for photos of famous people riding public transit for a Facebook page that fights prejudice against public transportation. [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Mar 25, 2013 - 30 answers

Reliable Transportation

What are the arguments for and against method of transportation as a protected class? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Feb 24, 2013 - 24 answers

free-wheeling cross country trip on a budget.

I want to spend two or three weeks driving across country this summer, then probably fly back to the east coast. I have a decent amount of money, but I'd like to spend as little money as possible on travel costs and accomodations (so I can spend money on activities and siteseeing) [more inside]
posted by empath on Feb 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Getting 12 people from NYC to Montreal and Back?

Early May revelry-filled weekend excursion from NYC to Montreal for a group of roughly 12 20-somethings. We see time advantages to flying (provided all goes smoothly) but cost disadvantages. We see cost advantages to driving ourselves, but would like to minimize our personal stress and maximize fun. We see personal stress and maximum fun advantages to being driven, but have no experience with long-distance transporation charter and are unclear on whether this would be cheaper than flying. Any suggestions / experiences?
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on Feb 19, 2013 - 17 answers

What games did you play in study hall?

Some friends and I are planning to spend a Saturday holding what we are calling the Study Hall Olympics: a competition planned around the stupid games kids play in study hall or on the bus or wherever they have time to kill but have to stay put (paper football, thumb wrestling, paper-rock-scissors, &c.) We've come up with a handful but I'm looking for more. When you were in school, what were the best games of this sort?
posted by gauche on Jan 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Bangkok to Ko Mak — Make it happen!

Bangkok to Ko Mak and back again: Help me solve an impending travel conundrum in Thailand (Transit nerds and Thai-speaking timetable readers welcome!) [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Dec 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me plan my trip to France!

I’m currently based in Andalucía, Spain, teaching English for the school year, and am planning to visit neighboring France during Christmas vacation. France fascinates me and will be the first country I visit outside of Spain during my time in Europe, but to be honest: I know nothing. I have approximately 13 days to spend in the country, I would like to see Paris and a few other sites in the northwest, and I will probably enter the country on the Mediterranean coast (from Spain) and leave via the Basque Country (to return to Spain). What should I see? [more inside]
posted by huxham on Nov 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Bus from Albany/Corvallis to Portland?

Does public transportation between Corvallis, OR (or Albany) and Portland, OR exist? A bus that ran at least a few times a day would be great, but I can't seem to find one. I know about the hut shuttle but I am looking for something less expensive.
posted by long haired child on Nov 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Bus Maps MTA

MTA Bus Maps: Looking for cached images or scans of hard copy NYC MTA bus maps. MTA website is not loading maps on it's temporary website. Would prefer recent 2012 maps. Have found some on mappery.com am unsure of accuracy.
posted by edbles on Oct 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Just don't use the bathrooms

Woman, alone, traveling through upstate NY via Greyhound. 5 hour "layover," between 1am and 6am, at the Syracuse bus station. Is this safe? If not, where's a safe place to kill time at this hour in Syracuse? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Oct 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Bus Power Only

What does "bus power only" mean as regards to power requirements? [more inside]
posted by raphael19 on Oct 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Another one rides the bus

What's the correct way to ride the bus and get off at a certain stop? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 9, 2012 - 28 answers

How best to shut up loud cellphone yappers on public transportation?

How best to shut up loud cellphone yappers on public transportation? [more inside]
posted by Listener on Oct 4, 2012 - 83 answers

I've got some real estate here in my bag

Long bus / train trip with a couple of long stopovers. How to amuse myself? Things to do in Buffalo & Chicago? [more inside]
posted by SassHat on Oct 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Least inconvenient way to get into NYC if a car has to be parked somewhere

A friend and I are heading into NYC next weekend. We are coming from Montreal and driving across the border. However, after that, we haven't decided the best way to get into the city. Should we drive to Albany and take a bus from there? (Is there long term parking in Albany?) Should we drive into a suburb and take a train in? Should we drive into the city and find a lot? (I'd probably prefer to do one of the first two unless there is some reason to do the third.) [more inside]
posted by jeather on Sep 27, 2012 - 32 answers

Toronto transit logistics: plane to bus, wifi, lunch

Help me get from Billy Bishop airport to the Toronto bus station, with wifi and (hopefully) tasty food in between. I've got about 2 hours. [more inside]
posted by neroli on Sep 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Why do bus shelters face the way they do?

A colleague who has recently moved to London asked me why bus shelters here sometimes face towards and sometimes away from the road, seemingly at random. I guessed maybe to do with the location of under-road pipes/wiring, but couldn't find anything concrete online. Anyone know?
posted by TheTelf on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Baby on a bus situation

So it looks like I might need to start taking the baby on the bus to her daycare, which is downtown. I say baby… she's pretty much a toddler now, being just under one and a half, and pretty squirmy with it to. My preferred travel option with her when on foot is to put her in a backpack, which she loves and which chills her right out, but we also have a stroller. So… what is the best way to carry her on the bus? I've considered just standing with her in the backpack the whole way, but it seems like there might be a safety concern. There's taking the backpack off and keeping her in it, which seems like it might have similar concerns. Taking her right out of the backpack and putting her in my lap seems like it might be the most safety conscious option, but that assumes a seat and that she will stay put - that later condition being highly unlikely. And then it may be the same deal with the stroller. Thoughts?
posted by Artw on Aug 31, 2012 - 35 answers

Help a visitor to Secaucus get to NYC for the evening.

Secaucus and NYC evening travel questions [more inside]
posted by hylaride on Aug 21, 2012 - 13 answers

What's the best Albany Airport / Saratoga Springs transit option?

Transit options from/to Albany Airport to/from Saratoga Springs? [more inside]
posted by sarah_pdx on Jul 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Experiences working on wheels?

I want to operate a mobile office around town, picking up people and then parking somewhere for us to all work together. Keen to hear your experiences with and knowledge of this kind of arrangement. [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Jul 15, 2012 - 5 answers

NYC to Atlanta and back on $200 or less.

Round-trip from NYC to Atlanta, GA for under $200? On Labor Day weekend? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Jul 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Where to go in California without a car?

Traveling in California for five weeks--but without a car. Where should/can I go and what cities/places should I absolutely not miss? I'll be starting in Northern California and working my way down. [more inside]
posted by bluelight on May 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Transport 30 people in Chicago half a mile

I need to transport about 30 people half a mile in downtown Chicago very cheaply. It seems like the cheapest thing to do is just get 10 cabs since it's expensive to hire a bus or party-van-thing for one short trip. I was wondering if anyone had any different suggestions or have tried to orchestrate something similar.
posted by bucksox on Apr 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Unplugged.

Wi-Fi/power outlets on specific route. NY Penn Station --> Detroit? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Feb 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Any early morning options in Salvador, Brazil?

Hi well traveled mefites! My husband and I are taking the overnight bus from Lencois to Salvadore tonight and it arrives at something like 5am. We have ~6 hrs to kill in Salvadore before we catch our flight to Rio. Are there any places we can go to hang out early morning? I'm guessing the Market isn't open that early but maybe there's a restaurant that's open 24 hrs or a section of town that's nice in the early morning maybe.
posted by lannanh on Feb 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Vancouver or Bust!

Trying to plan a last minute trip to Vancouver and need some hotel recommendations. Also, it's looking like it's significantly cheaper to fly into to Seattle. Would that make sense to fly into Seattle and then make my way to Vancouver via rental car, bus or train, OR would it be smarter to just pay the extra cost and just fly straight into Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener on Feb 17, 2012 - 25 answers

Insider look at life as a city bus driver?

I am writing a fictional work in which there is a character who is a city bus driver. Can anyone shed some light on the details of this type of work that I wouldn't know from just being a bus passenger? What's it really like? Thanks.
posted by baltimoregirl on Jan 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Going from Southwest to Northeast London quick and cheap

Often I want to go from Southampton UK to Islington. The public transportation system in London is awesome! There must be a better way than the white-knuckle drive through the city I currently do... Given that I want to do the first leg of the trip via car, I expect there is somewhere in SW London I can park and take public transportation, and get to Islington relatively quickly (~1 hour) and cheaply. I've played around with Google maps, and there are a bajillion options.... anyone know one that is near optimal? Ideally with free/cheap parking, and outside the congestion fee zone.
posted by juliewhite on Dec 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Peanut-allergy friendly travel options from Boston to Detroit?

I need to travel from Boston, MA to Detroit, MI to visit my family this Christmas break. I'm faced with three options - fly, bus, or drive. I have a severe peanut allergy, so I'm trying to choose the safest option for me (with a preference for shorter travel times). In particular, how safe might Greyhound bus and United Airlines be for the peanut-allergic? Fellow allergics, would wearing a surgical mask help? Personal stories welcome. [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Dec 4, 2011 - 29 answers

Philly to NYC for a show!

Philly to NYC for a concert: help me plan. I am going to the Duran Duran concert with openers Neon Trees in Madison Square Garden. I have never been to the venue. We are going to take the bus up that day and need to be back in Philly in the morning. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Oct 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Next time I will take the train.

DC to Pittsburgh by bus on Thanksgiving weekend? Will it be a traffic nightmare? [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Sep 23, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for People to Interview About Bus Travel

I'm looking for an interstate bus advocacy, lobbying, or research group. I'd like to talk to someone about how the market shifted over last 10 years, especially in the northeast. Topics for discussion: Increased ridership (possibly due to recession). Their pricing and the competitive pressures MegaBus/Chinatown exerted on, say, Greyhound. Also, issues of safety and worker rights. Have they made their rides cheaper on the backs of underpaid workers and decreased rider safety?
posted by LeonBernstein on Sep 21, 2011 - 8 answers

LGA to Stamford, CT?

What's the best way to get from La Guardia airport (LGA) to Stamford, CT during the evening rush hour? A lot of details inside. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Sep 13, 2011 - 13 answers

London bus engines - are they turbines?

I've noticed that most newish London busses don't sound like a normal diesel engine: they sound more like some kind of turbine. What engines do they use and why? [more inside]
posted by richb on Sep 2, 2011 - 15 answers

Commuting in Toronto - what's it like?

Moving to Toronto: Please help with our TTC questions [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 - 22 answers

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