Top 10 airports served by good public transportation

Top 10 airports served by good public transportation

When it comes to getting into the center of a US city you’re visiting from the airport, or getting to the airport for a trip out of town without worrying about parking, a taxi or airport shuttle van springs first to mind for most Americans. However, there are many cities where convenient and very affordable (compared to a cab or shuttle) bus or rail transit options exist that make the city to airport trip a breeze. Some are well known, others are hidden gems. Here’s an overview of ways to get to major airports from downtown during the holidays in the Top 10 airports serving US cities.

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Important ways DOT should help passengers like you

Important ways DOT should help passengers like you

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has outlined a series of problems with the Department of Transporation’s (DOT’s) passenger protections. From internal training operations to the education of consumers and from handling complaints to enforcing regulations. The list of issues is enormous. To be honest, many of these problems are caused by the departure of long-time members of the staff. It will keep DOT busy and a team of consumer advocates active for years. 

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Skyway robbery — international airline change fees are out of control!

Skyway robbery — international airline change fees are out of control!

The explanations for change fees are that they require some amount of work for the airline (maybe, if a travel agent doesn’t do the exchange) and the lost opportunity cost of selling the original seat. Plus, airlines will also say that they have sale fares for those who are willing to lock in plans, and not pay the higher restrictive fares. Fair enough.  However, the real reason seems to be  —  “because we can.”

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Sunday musings: Car barnacles, Google maps, Southwest for business travelers

Sunday musings: Car barnacles, Google maps, Southwest for business travelers

We take time this weekend to consider our cities’ constant battles against illegal parking. Authorities have given out tickets, only to have them ignored. They had booted cars, which has worked but is time-consuming and dangerous. Now, parking enforcers have a new tool. Wonder when we will be meeting this barnacle. Googles get a tune-up for disasters like hurricanes and floods. And finally a series of reasons that businessmen also fly on Southwest Airlines.

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Visit an out-of-the-way Gaudi architectural gem in northern Spain

Visit an out-of-the-way Gaudi architectural gem in northern Spain

In the far north of Spain along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-famous architect got his start. Here, Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to build a house for one of the richest men in the region. The creation was set in Comillas about 50 km. west of Santander, Spain. It is commonly called El Capricho. This fabulous home took full advantage of the movement of the sun, new construction materials, and Gaudi’s understanding of acoustics.

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