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How to get to Hartford right now?

I just got denied my car rental in Hoboken because I don't have a credit card (the things you learn ...). How can I get to Hartford right now in time for the Springsteen show tonight? Complication: I have a bag with me that they won't let me take in the venue. [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze on Feb 10, 2016 - 15 answers

Inland Empire Travel - This Sucks!

I am having a hard time coordinating travel from Pomona to Palm Springs, CA and could use some insider/local help. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jan 24, 2016 - 6 answers

How to best experience the great outdoors without a driver's license?

I live and work in Blacksburg, Virginia, a good place to live without a car, which I don't own due to primarily budget, but also health/anxiety issues. And that's perfectly fine for city living, but there ain't no bus routes to the Appalachian Trail or to the Cascades waterfall or the dozens of other outdoor places I'd like to visit and hike and explore. What would y'all suggest I do? [more inside]
posted by smooshie on Jan 16, 2016 - 12 answers

Can the stars be seen more clearly when flying at 40,000 feet?

In relation to reading a recent article on the Skydeck, I wondered if flying at 40,000 feet and thereby removing an equivalent chunk of the Earth's atmosphere, made a significant difference in how clearly one can view the stars.
posted by fairmettle on Dec 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Options for a 1-month Car Rental

I live in California but will be spending all of December in a small city in Tennessee. I need a car to get around the city and perhaps do one longer drive to Atlanta and back. I won't have a car available to borrow there. What kind of options would I have for transportation? [more inside]
posted by jason9009 on Nov 24, 2015 - 11 answers

What's the best way to get from Oakland to Santa Cruz without a car?

I'm going to be in Oakland (visiting family) and need to get to Santa Cruz (Scotts Valley) on a Sunday, and I won't have a car. What's the least expensive way to do it in a reasonable amount of time?
posted by swheatie on Nov 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Metro systems not open to the general public

Are there metro systems not open to the general public? I know of Moscow's rumoured Metro-2, but are there others, either for military or civilian purposes, that are not part of a city's public transit system? I'd also be interested to know of rumoured systems, or any fictional systems described in great detail.
posted by Harald74 on Nov 14, 2015 - 13 answers

UK public transit mystery

Aldeburgh to London via public transit, on a Sunday next March: possible? (Google Maps is not listing any option at all on Sundays during the next few weeks, and while Google doesn't have March schedule info yet, I assume March is no better than October.) Hoping this is a glitch or missing info since there are so many options for other days of the week.
posted by kalapierson on Oct 29, 2015 - 8 answers

What is this symbol? (on a train at a museum)

My mom took this picture of a train at a museum in Maryland today -- is it a rail company logo?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Unique background music for driving around adult workshop attendees?

For my new job, I collect attendees at the hotel and bring them to the office, then bring them back at the end of the day. I do this every month for a week - in total, 4-5 hours on the road. So far I've been playing Andy Fink's Corporate Report cd, but I would like some more variety. Please recommend equally particular albums that would go in the background of a jovial van ride. Maybe some instrumental 70s rock, or a really solid dub album?
posted by rebent on Sep 14, 2015 - 12 answers

Transportation in very, very rural southwest Virginia

Currently, I am living with my mom in Giles County, VA, about 15 minutes outside of Blacksburg (home to Virginia Tech). I'm unable to get a license right now, and there is no public transportation here at all (until Blacksburg). I need to figure out how to get to Blacksburg more often, but that's proving hard to do. Details within. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Sep 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Paris... best way to get from the airport to the hotel and back again?

I have never traveled outside the U.S. and am terrified about this specific part of the trip. I anticipate being at least a little jet lagged when I arrive, so I want to make sure I have a plan in place. Advice?
posted by LilithSilver on Aug 19, 2015 - 33 answers

Ski machine that moves?

I saw someone riding an exercise machine like this down the road. Is this a product for sale or is there an Instructable or anything? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Aug 10, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I do the train in Norway and Sweden?

I am going on a vacation to Norway and Sweden at the end of August, which involves flying into Bergen and taking a series of train rides around until I end up in Stockholm. I am a complete train newbie, how to trains work? [more inside]
posted by selenized on Jul 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Cab/Car service recommendations in DC

Traveling to DC soon with Man and Boy. Have a question about getting around when the Metro isn't practical or possible. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jun 29, 2015 - 12 answers

Do high speed trains have a place in America?

I've been reading articles about backlash towards high-speed rail in American cities, and it confounds me because I enjoy rail systems in Europe and Asia. Some people have said it logistically doesn't make sense in America, and I want to why that is. [more inside]
posted by xtine on Jun 10, 2015 - 39 answers

Going carless

I would like to go car-free eventually, but I can't bike and live in a city with subpar public transportation. Is this feasible? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on May 22, 2015 - 29 answers

Getting A Tow-Hold

Rather than driving a minivan and a big pickup to a distant destination, what are the pros and cons of just towing the minivan by the big pickup? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on May 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Landing at Logan, Staying in Woburn, going to Fenway--train or cab?

First time in Boston and going to go see a Red Sox game this weekend. Flying into Logan, staying at a hotel in Woburn (very close to the Anderson Regional Transportation Center,) and will be going to Fenway on Friday. What is the best way to go? [more inside]
posted by holybagel on Apr 30, 2015 - 17 answers

How to get to Poolesville from BWI on a Sunday?

I have a meeting super early on Monday morning in Washington, so I'm going to fly in on Sunday afternoon and get some time with family in Poolesville, MD. I'd really like to avoid asking my cousins to come get me since they have a newborn and don't need any extra responsibility right now. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by deliciae on Apr 29, 2015 - 1 answer

Turning radius and other stats on moving trucks?

Trying to track down some information for work. The UHaul et cetera sites give very cursory information on the inside dimensions of their trucks, but nothing on overall sizes, wheel base, et cetera. Anyone know where I can track this info down? I'm planning on emailing the various companies but am not super-hopeful on that and looking for alternative sources as well.
posted by curious nu on Apr 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Do Madrid subway stations have escalators?

Do Madrid subway stations have escalators? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman on Mar 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Best public transit route from Berkeley to Menlo Park, CA

I'm in Berkeley right now (near the Ashby BART station) and am headed down to Menlo Park this afternoon/early evening (today, Friday). It looks like there are two ways I can go: through San Francisco via rail the whole way, or along the East Bay via rail and then via bus across the Dumbarton Bridge. What's the easiest and/or quickest way? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 30, 2015 - 10 answers

Looking for career advice, esp. in the transport/industrial sector

I've spent the last seven years as (practically, if not in title) a well compensated secretary in a consulting company in the transportation/industrial sector. Attempts to move our company or my own work in a direction where I can grow have met with "That's too complicated", and two years of reaching out to contacts has essentially yielded "Man, I'd really love to have you, but don't have a position" ... how do I move on to a place that does/makes/moves things? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Can we use uber for wedding photos or do we need to hire a driver?

For our upcoming March nuptials in Philadelphia the fiancée and I are planning to take photos before the ceremony with just the two of us and the photographer. We have no wedding party and plan to take family photos at the venue. For the 2+ hours we wanted to take photos as a couple at some spots around the city but we're wondering about transportation options - can we use uber to avoid hiring a sedan or other driver? Will an uber driver wait for us as we make multiple stops? Will a 2ish hour commitment be possible for an uber driver And if yes, will it be cost effective?
posted by moshimosh on Dec 1, 2014 - 11 answers

Getting around HK this week

Going to HK on Wednesday, and wondering how much getting around is affected by the situation in Central. More specifically, getting from the airport to hotel in Shatin, and getting from the hotel to City University (Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre). Is there anything to be concerned about / that I should know before setting off? Many thanks.
posted by Prof Iterole on Nov 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Crowdfunding Deadline For Airfare I Might Not Use?

In November, other people will make a decision which will determine whether they want to appear at an event. Then, I need to use a crowdfunding site to raise the money from their fans. I'm looking at a site that shows cheap rates, which I know will rise. The crowdfunding deadline will be two months after I start the campaign. Assuming this all works out, when should the 2-month crowdfunding begin? [more inside]
posted by matt_arnold on Oct 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Longish term car rentals when you are unsure of the length of time

I need to use a car to get around Phoenix for anywhere from 2 to 6+ weeks, and I won't know how long I need it until I'm done using it. What kind of service do I use or what do I do? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Oct 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Where, specifically, to meet on a weekday morning, near Chicago

Next week, on a weekday morning, I need to meet up with a friend near Chicago. She'll be coming from Peoria in a car; I'll be coming from Logan Square, with a carry-on size suitcase and no car. We'll be driving together to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Can you suggest a specific spot that might work? [more inside]
posted by pril on Oct 2, 2014 - 7 answers

How do we get people home post wedding

WeddingNYC filter: We are getting married in a month and want to know if it’s a good idea or expected to call a cab company ahead of time and ask for cabs on hand at the end of the event? The venue is far enough out that public transportation is possible, but inconvenient. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Sep 10, 2014 - 30 answers

Philadelphia weekend parking

Where can I park my car in Philadelphia for the weekend while I'm at a conference downtown? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Sep 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Easiest way to transport a bicycle from Washington to Boston?

Want to travel from Washington, DC to Boston next week and I have my bicycle with me. I would prefer not to have to box it if at all possible. Any experience with taking bicycles on buses or trains on the northeast corridor? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Sep 5, 2014 - 4 answers

What are your most memorable or favorite train rides?

Which train ride(s) have you particularly enjoyed? Of any distance and length, anywhere in the world. [more inside]
posted by xtine on Aug 14, 2014 - 62 answers

Orient me to Montclair / Bloomfield, NJ

We are moving to New Jersey on the Bloomfield / Montclair border. I know nothing about the neighborhoods except their reputations. Help me hit the ground running with things I should know, especially best coffee, food, shopping, parks, health services, business services and other things that wikipedia has left out. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by safetyfork on Jul 27, 2014 - 8 answers

What's the easiest way to get from O'Hare to downtown Chicago?

My family and I (2 adults, 2 kids, probably 3 pieces of luggage) will be arriving at O'Hare around 4:30 pm. What's the easiest way to get to a condo in downtown Chicago? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Jun 26, 2014 - 26 answers

Economical Vehicle for 8?

I need to find a safe vehicle that can seat a family of 8 comfortably and still have enough room to haul backpacks and school sports equipment. [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Jun 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Transport from Montgomery Co PA to Newark Airport

For upcoming international travel I booked a flight out of Newark for the lower cost. I anticipated having a ride but am now forced to deal with transportation to/from the airport. I'll be gone for just over two weeks and will leave and arrive back during normal business hours on weekdays. I live in Montgomery County PA and am looking for transportation options to Newark Airport. Some options include: - Suburban rail to center city Philadelphia, Amtrak to Newark - Suburban rail to trenton, train to Newark/bus to airport - driving - hiring a car service - shuttle So far it seems like all the public transit options are pretty cheap but a pain from where I live and given that I'll have luggage. Hiring a car service would be easiest but most expensive. I liked the option of the SuperTrans shuttle which could either pick me up at home or at a nearby hotel, but have read terrible yelp reviews on them. Anyone have experience getting to/from Newark that could be helpful here?
posted by moshimosh on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 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

From Downtown San Fran to Muir Woods on Public Transport?

Is it possible/practical to get from downtown San Francisco (near the corner of 2nd and Howard street) to Muir Woods on public transportation? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Feb 15, 2014 - 14 answers

Will the PATH (NJ->Manhattan) shut down if there's too much snow?

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 - 6 answers

How Old Before He Can Travel On His Own?

What's a nice round consensus on the minimum age for an unaccompanied boy to go from South Station to Midtown? [more inside]
posted by whuppy on Nov 25, 2013 - 44 answers

Best way to get from Boston to NYC

We're trying to get from Boston to NYC with as little expense and aggravation as possible. What's the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy on Nov 24, 2013 - 23 answers

What kind of vehicle should we buy for our vintage clothing business?

A friend and I run a small-but-growing online vintage clothing business. We've recently branched out into showing at vintage truck shows in the Chicago area. As of now, we've been using a friend's Saab hatchback. Unfortunately, this isn't a really a sustainable option for us; it's also a bit of a tight fit for our 200ish garments, 2 - 3 clothing racks, bust, and table. We're interesting in purchasing a used vehicle so that we can continue to travel with our merchandise. Ideally, we'd like something that is reliable, safe, and has some extra space to grow alongside our business. Unfortunately, our budget is on the low side: we'd like to spend less than $5000... the cheaper the better. Thoughts? Recommendations? Should we rent instead of buy? Thanks for sharing your wisdom! [more inside]
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Aug 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Hotel, trip length, and transportation in Seoul

I'm going to Korea for the first time. It'll be a very short trip because I'm just attending/presenting at a conference at Yonsei University. I need help figuring out a reasonable trip length, a place to stay, and which of the many airport-city transportation choices is best. And uh, some other stuff. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Jul 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Road trip with my family across the US for 5 weeks - travel suggestions?

I've got a 5 week sabbatical next June/July and was thinking of taking my family (wife;3 kids) to see some of the national parks here in the US. I'm starting in Boston, and would like to spend time at the following: * Mount Rushmore * Yellowstone * Grand Teton * Yosemite * Grand Canyon * other I'm looking for feedback on the pros and cons of travel methods from place to place. Planes? Car rental? RV rental? Train? What are your experiences doing this?
posted by GernBlandston on Jul 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Is the transportation/logistics industry worth getting into?

I fell into an entry-level transportation/logistics job. Is it worth following as a career? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Jun 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Have you had an immobilizer-equipped car stolen?

Have you had an immobilizer-equipped car stolen? By immobilizer, I mean the cars (typically post-2006) that have a ROM chip in the key which is required for authentication to start the engine. If so, how was it stolen? If you have such a car, has someone attempted to steal it and failed due to the factory-equipped immobilizer?
posted by thewalrus on Jun 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Reluctant commitment-phobe driver seeks short term bulletproof wheels.

Can you help me solve my rapidly deteriorating transportation situation? I am a car dependent person who hates everything about cars, and my relatively beloved 1985 Mercedes 300 seems to have finally had it. In spite of the child's voice in my head screaming I DON'T WANT TO, I need to figure out how I'm going to get myself to and from work...maybe too many details below! Personal experience with car lease takeovers as well as general life advice about solving this problem like a grown up especially welcome! [more inside]
posted by justjess on Jun 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Cape Ann, MA area. Will we regret not renting a car?

Thanks to AskMefi, we have figured out we can get from Boston to the Cape Ann area by commuter rail. What I can't determine for certain is if we will want a car when we get there. [more inside]
posted by domino on May 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Transporting a Recumbent Road Bike!

I have a specific question about transporting my Rans Tailwind Recumbent Road Bike in my trailer using fork traps that I attached to the trailer myself. My question is whether or not I need to take the seat off the bike before I transport it at highway speeds. See inside for more details and pictures. [more inside]
posted by crapples on May 19, 2013 - 3 answers

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