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Old 02-08-2010, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by mjs1987 View Post
Uh, the USA doesnt have a national public transport system. The closest thing is Amtrak for rail and Greyhound bus but neither gets you places any time fast for the most part except in certain small corridors. Airlines serve most cities but sometimes you will need to make connections and some cities do not have a lot of cost effective transportation options other than an expensive cab ride. If you have to travel the entire USA for work than I would budget for flight and destination transport costs like cab and rental car. Unlike the UK and Europe, even our cheap airlines do not normally have fares like the lowest on EasyJet and Ryanair and many low fare airlines only serve major markets where they can get more volume of passengers so this leaves the big boys with a monopoly in many smaller and mid-sized markets that they love to exploit. Being in Germantown, you have the choice of Southwest at BWI for some destinations that can get you places relatively inexpensively about 99-200 USD one way is the norm for most places though if you book early enough 49 one way to short haul like New York is possible. You could always drive but if your travel is for the entire country, driving is very long. Germantown, MD to NYC would be 4.5-5 hours one way depending on traffic. Rail is 2.5 hours from Union Station in downtown DC on the Acela, which costs quite a bit, or 3 hours on the regional trains (it is about 45 minutes to 1 hour to get from Germantown to DC). Outside of that corridor, rail travel in the US is pretty poor. Most public transport is very localized and many cities have basically no public transport that is usable unless you arent on a schedule.
Definitely agreeing with you. If the OP is traveling across the USA, she will have to fly and then rent a car, she won't be able to rely on public transport availability.
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:52 PM
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