I am a US citizen working for a US company who is being sent to Europe later this year on a temporary (~1 month) work assignment. My ability to work in the destination country is not an issue. My flight to get to and return from the destination leaves from Canada. I have a NEXUS card but won't be arriving in Canada via a NEXUS lane, so I'll do regular land-based Canadian immigration. How do I tell them the purpose of my visit? If I say "flying to Europe," is "for work" an acceptable answer if they ask why, or will CBSA even ask why? I'll have copies of my air tickets away from and back to Canada, along with proof of ties to the US. Am I over thinking this?
posted by fireoyster
on Jun 6, 2014 -
Does being enrolled in a pre-tax transit benefits program affect how much you owe/get back when you do your taxes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 28, 2014 -
One of my coworkers said that the PATH will shut down if the snow accumulates past the height of the 3rd rail. But the line is underground (except outside where there are wires above head-height handling the charge) - could that actually happen. Has the PATH ever been shut down due to snow accumulation before?
posted by ch3cooh
on Feb 13, 2014 -
Suggestions for adventure and outdoorsy fun- on a tight budget, and without a car- in Salt Lake City this weekend? [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis
on Oct 26, 2013 -
I will be transiting SVO (Moscow) airport during a round trip from NYC to Bangkok... [more inside]
posted by bunky
on Oct 9, 2013 -
That's it. What are the worthwhile public transport/transit apps for iPhone for Vancouver (for a tourist, if it makes a difference)? Free preferably, but paid not a problem it the app is worth it. Thanks in advance.
posted by Logophiliac
on Sep 14, 2013 -
Do WMATA (DC/Maryland SmartTrip-equipped) buses take half-dollar coins? [more inside]
posted by pavane
on Aug 18, 2013 -
I'm spending a weekend going from Baltimore to DC. I would prefer to bring my car and drive but I think with the hassle of trying to find parking or actually having to pay for parking in the DC/Arlington area it would be easier to take the train.
I'm not too familiar with Baltimore's Penn Station at night and I'm a concerned for my safety if I were to park in a garage and have to return to their at night.
Where is it safe to park at night at Penn Station? And how much would it cost?
... Are there any other alternative ideas?
Thanks in advance!
posted by proficiency101
on Aug 15, 2013 -
Google Maps' estimates of travel times using the MTR in HK vary wildly from the MTR's own webpage. Ie from Tin Hau to University station, Google says 1hr 24mins incl walking time to Tin Hau, which is maybe 10 mins tops. MTR website says 44 mins for the same journey, not incl walking to station obviously. This discrepancy repeats itself across various planned journeys. Who should I trust?
posted by modernnomad
on Aug 10, 2013 -
I will have an evening and a day in Anchorage without a car. I'd love to see some wildlife and spend lots of time looking at the mountains. Also open to other ideas. What should I do and where should I go, and how should I get there without a car? [more inside]
posted by lunasol
on Aug 7, 2013 -
Tonight I need to get from O'Hare airport to a hotel at 540 N Michigan Avenue. It looks like I should take the Blue Line to Washington Station, walk to the Red Line Lake Station, and take the Red Line to Grand Station. Good plan? Would it be easier to change at Jackson Station? 2 more stops each way, but then it looks like less walking between trains.
posted by lakeroon
on Aug 7, 2013 -
Due to some ill-advised scheduling, we (Americans) are travelling from London to rural Brittany, then back to our reserved room in Paris three days later.
Rennes is the closest major city to Plumieux, the village where our friends live. All of the stuff I see online says to take the Eurostar from London to Gare du Nord in Paris, then transfer to Montparnasse to take the TVG to Rennes. From there we would catch a bus to get us near Plumieux, close enough for our friends to pick us up. [more inside]
posted by Danf
on Aug 5, 2013 -
Is it legal to throw up on a train on the New York subway system?
Inspired by something that happened to Griphus from the We Have Such Movies to Show You podcast.
posted by Bugbread
on Jul 24, 2013 -
In the not-terribly-distant future, I will need to get from a hotel in Vancouver, WA to Portland Airport early on a Sunday morning. Looking at the airport website, they list a bewildering number of taxi and van services. Does anyone have a recommendation? Reliability edges out cost.
posted by GenjiandProust
on Jul 21, 2013 -
I'm flying from Australia to Europe with Vietnam airlines. I think I might have a hidden domestic leg of the flight in Vietnam on the way there, or maybe on both routes. My travel agent says I don't need a visa for this domestic flight. I suspect he is wrong. Has anyone done this flight before who can give me more info? [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Jul 6, 2013 -
I'm visiting the city of brotherly love for a week and won't have a car, so I was wondering if there are any good iPhone apps for getting around the city either with public transit or taxi-type services.
posted by Cogito
on Jun 20, 2013 -
For the past year I've been trying to bike down every street in St Louis. In the beginning this was easy and wide-open and fun. The middle has been less so. Now, sitting at ≈65% completion [map: zoomable | 1.5mb png | GPX]
my current approach has become overwhelming and tedious
, and is no longer working; I need to get way smarter about this. How would a programmer, a mathematician, or a GIS/transit specialist approach this endgame, and what tools/software would he/she use? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj
on Jun 13, 2013 -
My wife and I are taking the train to Vancouver, BC this summer. Any recommendations on what is worth, or not worth, doing or seeing when traveling without a vehicle? (Example: The Sea to Sky drive will not happen) [more inside]
posted by Leenie
on Jun 3, 2013 -
I'm road trippin' with friends. They are driving from Boston to Deleware. I'm in NYC.
I need to meet them somewhere along the 1-95 route in the NYC area, So they don't have to go out of their way to pick me up. [more inside]
posted by thatgirld
on May 9, 2013 -
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 -
Where's the best spot to be picked up by a car travelling through Montreal via Highway 40 (Metropolitan Expressway)? [more inside]
posted by In The Annex
on Dec 19, 2012 -
What urbanist/transit/maps/architecture/local history-related attractions should I hit up in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque
on Sep 11, 2012 -
This coming Saturday morning (September 8th, 2012) I have a six hour layover in Vienna. Do I have enough time to do anything worthwhile outside the airport? [more inside]
posted by Calloused_Foot
on Sep 6, 2012 -
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 -
Knee injury - NYC paratransit? Looking for people who have used it. Not sure if it is worth it? [more inside]
posted by manicure12
on May 30, 2012 -
How easy is it to use public transportation to get from Frank A. Sedita City Court to the Albright Knox on a Friday Afternoon. [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose
on May 9, 2012 -
Are there any mapping applications that display all regions within a fixed distance from an input point? For example: from a given address in NYC, what are all the places I can get to in 30 minutes, via any combation of walking + public transit? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum
on Mar 27, 2012 -
Got a parking ticket from AC (Alameda County, CA) transit. Intended to pay it on time but forgot about it. The ticket has never shown up in the online or phone pay systems. I could pay by mail but am concerned that the ticket price has gone up and that I won't get notices about what I owe. I tried calling the number on the back of the ticket but can't get through to a human being to find out how much I should pay them now. Does anyone know how much the tickets go up? If I pay by mail and the price is more more than the original ticket what should happen?
posted by oneear
on Jan 2, 2012 -
What urbanist/transit/maps/architecture/local history-related attractions should I hit up in London? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque
on Dec 11, 2011 -
Occupy Oakland: Are we safe going to Oakland's Fox Theater on Sunday evening? It's at 19th & Telegraph. [more inside]
posted by wnissen
on Nov 4, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
Connecting international flights in the US -- apparently airports in America don't do 'sterile transit'? I may have to fly back to Canada at short notice, and I've never transited through the US (in the trip I'm looking at, SFO). [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Aug 22, 2011 -
I'm planning a day trip to the Shawangunks tomorrow. Can anyone recommend a car service in Poughkeepsie, NY? The goal is to get from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North station to New Paltz and Minnewaska State Park. What sorts of fares are reasonable for these trips? Can I catch a cab at the park itself? Is there a bus connection between the park and New Paltz? In closing: Is there anything else I should know? Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet
on Aug 11, 2011 -
What are some urbanist/transit/cartography/local history-related attractions, exhibits or experiences I can visit/have when I am in New York City in mid-August? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque
on Jul 26, 2011 -
Need help - quickly - finding a statistic about Chicago downtown commuters [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Jun 1, 2011 -
Suggest me things to do when arriving in Dubai Airport at midnight for 9 hours please! I'll be taking a 7-hours flight from Glasgow to Dubai, arriving at almost 1 am. This is followed by another 7-hours flight from Dubai to Singapore at 9:30 am. What should I do to pass the time? Should I even try to leave the airport and go to the city? [more inside]
posted by joewandy
on May 27, 2011 -
Is it a good Idea to get a cat with the intention of taking it between a apartment in Chicago and home in the suburbs? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter
on Mar 20, 2011 -