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Jul 28, 07, 8:33 pm
Replies: 9
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Posted By marcelin

Off-topic but potentially useful: OAK has...

Off-topic but potentially useful:

OAK has all-night bus service (AC Transit Route 805...
Jul 31, 06, 10:09 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 3,320
Posted By marcelin

This old post of mine...

This old post of mine (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showpost.php?p=4059520&postcount=4) brings up proposed changes in the regulations that implement the Air Carrier Access Act. Some of the...
Replies: 9
Views: 796
Posted By marcelin

I think you should also drop the "40-something,...

I think you should also drop the "40-something, overweight" remark, or say that your only reason for including it is to identify the employee.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jul 6, 05, 1:45 am
Replies: 5
Views: 655
Posted By marcelin

People who want to get to San Francisco...

People who want to get to San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport by public transit have excellent alternatives to BART. These alternatives are always cheaper and often...
Jun 18, 05, 10:24 am
Replies: 10
Views: 988
Posted By marcelin

This is ridiculous. That one stop happens to be...

This is ridiculous. That one stop happens to be Amtrak's single busiest station. Over 8 million people got on or off there in 2001! Each NEC state ought to contribute to NEC passenger service...
Jun 17, 05, 11:58 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 988
Posted By marcelin

New York State does not fund its trains. Yeah, it...

New York State does not fund its trains. Yeah, it funds a few trains to Albany, but it doesn't contribute to the massive operating and capital expenses of the Northeast Corridor. When they realize...
Jun 11, 05, 7:01 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 781
Posted By marcelin

Nope. Some of the airlines that now want queer...

Nope. Some of the airlines that now want queer money were, just a few years ago, fighting queers tooth-and-nail. For example, the Air Transport Association of America fought San Francisco's domestic...
Jun 11, 05, 6:24 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 4,021
Posted By marcelin

Ah, a (partial) voice of reason! Any off-airport...

Ah, a (partial) voice of reason! Any off-airport rail project would be a waste of money. The density is indeed too low.* This is not Europe! As someone who remembers the Gray Coach Airport Express, I...
Jun 11, 05, 10:21 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,760
Posted By marcelin

I too prefer proper data. The BTS results are...

I too prefer proper data. The BTS results are domestic-only (http://www.bts.gov/programs/airline_information/airline_ontime_statistics/), and hence, completely irrelevant to this discussion of...
Replies: 25
Views: 2,150
Posted By marcelin

Hi, jimmyw9. If you do not get satisfaction from...

Hi, jimmyw9. If you do not get satisfaction from the airline, you may wish to file a complaint with the Aviation Consumer Protection Division (http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/problems.htm) of the U.S....
May 27, 05, 4:42 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,534
Posted By marcelin

Actually, there is nothing new here. OAK has had...

Actually, there is nothing new here. OAK has had 24-hour public transit service for several years now. The AC Transit Route N Owl bus (http://www.actransit.org/riderinfo/schedules/N.html) runs from 1...
Forum: Europe
May 24, 05, 1:04 am
Replies: 7
Views: 840
Posted By marcelin

Tip: It sounds as if you are already familiar...

Tip: It sounds as if you are already familiar with the range of fares, but if not, be sure to check out Prem's, Derniere Minute, and Smilys, which can be lower than Carte 12-25, Decouverte 12-25, and...
Forum: TravelBuzz
May 24, 05, 12:42 am
Replies: 49
Views: 5,162
Posted By marcelin

At SFO, I once overheard a couple ask how to get...

At SFO, I once overheard a couple ask how to get to OAK as fast as possible, as they hadn't bothered to check which airport was listed on their ticket. I thought this was riotously funny. My partner,...
Forum: Europe
May 23, 05, 11:31 am
Replies: 7
Views: 840
Posted By marcelin

Hi, SchmeckFlyer. I'm sorry to hear about your...

Hi, SchmeckFlyer. I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience with SNCF. I've had good experiences with online ticket purchases, but with other discount fares than the one you mentioned. It does...
May 22, 05, 9:08 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Posted By marcelin

Again, hmm... A transatlantic journey, even from...

Again, hmm... A transatlantic journey, even from an East Coast gateway (for the OP) to a European gateway, would max out the battery life of the iPod shuffle. Per Apple, it's 12 hours. Think: 1 hour...
Forum: TravelBuzz
May 22, 05, 6:00 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,376
Posted By marcelin

I have only good things to report about Rick...

I have only good things to report about Rick Steves' store. My parents bought rail passes from Rick some time ago, with no problems. I was about to buy a money belt, but was concerned about shipping...
May 22, 05, 4:50 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 2,386
Posted By marcelin

That's a good question. I am not sure what the...

That's a good question. I am not sure what the Times did. In the BTS figures I quoted, the carriers were penalized for cancellations and diversions.


Use the BTS link in my prior post. The number...
May 22, 05, 4:15 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Posted By marcelin

Hmm... For someone who: always travels...

Hmm...

For someone who:
always travels with a computer or wants to pack an optional $30 battery charger (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore?productLearnMore=M9837LL/A);...
Forum: TravelBuzz
May 22, 05, 3:48 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 17,540
Posted By marcelin

I'm with you, Jassy-50. I like to arrive with...

I'm with you, Jassy-50. I like to arrive with some local currency in-hand. In fact, I hold on to 16.00 euro in coins just for Paris. That way, my partner and I can step on the first RER train while...
May 22, 05, 3:16 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 2,386
Posted By marcelin

Either New York Times reporter Lisa Kalis is bad...

Either New York Times reporter Lisa Kalis is bad with statistics, or she selected figures to confirm something she had already made up her mind about. The text...
May 22, 05, 2:05 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Posted By marcelin

I recommend Sony's NW-E99...

I recommend Sony's NW-E99 (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=NWE99&Dept=audio&CategoryName=pa_clearance).

Price:...
Forum: San Francisco
May 22, 05, 1:17 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 636
Posted By marcelin

Check with Club Quarters...

Check with Club Quarters (href://www.clubquarters.com/). This business subscription chain seems to go to great lengths to fill up empty rooms on weekends. The San Francisco location is near the...
Forum: TravelBuzz
May 22, 05, 12:17 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 17,540
Posted By marcelin

It is a shame that foreign currency is so hard to...

It is a shame that foreign currency is so hard to obtain. I usually end up going to one of the main bank branches (Wells Fargo, in my case) on Market Street in San Francisco. I prefer to buy...
May 21, 05, 11:34 am
Replies: 1
Views: 861
Posted By marcelin

Participating in focus groups can be lucrative --...

Participating in focus groups can be lucrative -- and fun. Anyone who hasn't already should call Plaza Research (http://www.plazaresearch.com/) and ask to be put on the list. I have no idea whether...
May 21, 05, 11:10 am
Replies: 8
Views: 896
Posted By marcelin

Hi, scottish2. Just a tip: because in-seat power...

Hi, scottish2. Just a tip: because in-seat power has limited availability, and because it will never be universal (or the equipment, completely standardized), it may be worth investigating more...
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