I love transportation. This is my home page, and I should be talking about some of my favorite stuff. Well, I can't feel guilty talking about transportation. I am a great fan of public transit. I absolutely despise taxicabs. But buses, planes, and trains I deal with quite nicely.
Of course, there are many different types of transport, but the main ones I'm concerned about here are shipping (sending objects from one place to another), travel (going from one geographic area to another), and local (moving from point to point within a city, metropolitan area, or small state (like New Jersey).) Within each of the three sections, I've got links to various agencies that can help you get oriented.
Shipping | Travel | Local
Airlines | Airports | Trains | Buses | Roads
These days, at least in the United States, most people travel by air. Train travel, much more common in Europe and elsewhere, is hampered by the rail system here, which is designed for freight traffic. Roads lack the convenience and speed of most "leave the driving to us" travel, even if one takes an intercity bus.
Most airline web sites these days allow searching for flights and making reservations online, a far cry from 1996, when I could only find four airlines who would give me a reservations phone number online. In addition, several third-party travel sites claim to be one-stop shops for travel reservations. I look at the third-party sites Travelocity and Orbitz occasionally, but I would never book a flight via them, nor would I ever use a travel agent. A page from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's web site pointed me to ITA Software's Matrix engine, the same engine Orbitz uses, which allows me to not look at Orbitz and get info. I suppose using a travel agent might not be quite as distasteful as taking a taxicab, but I still don't like the whole idea.
I haven't flown all these airlines -- just the ones marked Airside -- and I don't endorse them, necessarily. But they're all quite useful airlines.
|ASA/QXE||AS/QX||Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air||reservations|
|DAL||DL||Delta Air Lines||reservations|
|KLM||KL||KLM Royal Dutch Airlines||reservations|
I haven't flown into all these airports, either. (I have flown into 12 -- oops, make that 13 -- airports in my life, including old Denver Stapleton. The 12 that are still open are all listed here, marked Airside. I've been to a couple others groundside only, but that hardly seems important.) But if you are considering flying somewhere, often the airport site (or the managing agency site) can be quite useful.
|City||Airport Name||Managing Agency|
|KACY||ACY||Egg Harbor Township||New Jersey||Atlantic City International Airport||South Jersey Transportation Authority|
|KATL||ATL||Atlanta||Georgia||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport||City of Atlanta Department of Aviation|
|KBDL||BDL||Windsor Locks||Connecticut||Bradley International Airport||Connecticut Department of Transportation|
|KBIL||BIL||Billings||Montana||Billings Logan International Airport||City of Billings Aviation and Transit Department|
|KBLV||BLV||Mascoutah||Illinois||Midamerica St. Louis Airport||County of St. Clair|
|KBMI||BMI||Bloomington||Illinois||Central Illinois Regional Airport||Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority|
|KBOS||BOS||East Boston||Massachusetts||Boston Logan International Airport||Massachusetts Port Authority|
|KBUF||BUF||Cheektowaga||New York||Buffalo Niagara International Airport||Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority|
|KBWI||BWI||BWI Airport||Maryland||Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport||Maryland Aviation Administration|
|KCLE||CLE||Cleveland||Ohio||Cleveland Hopkins International Airport||City of Cleveland|
|KCLT||CLT||Charlotte||North Carolina||Charlotte Douglas International Airport||City of Charlotte-Mecklenberg County|
|KCMH||CMH||Columbus||Ohio||Port Columbus International Airport||Columbus Regional Airport Authority|
|KCMI||CMI||Savoy||Illinois||Willard Airport||University of Illinois Institute of Aviation|
|KCOS||COS||Colorado Springs||Colorado||Colorado Springs Airport||City of Colorado Springs|
|KCVG||CVG||Cincinnati||Ohio||Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport||Kenton County Airport Board|
|KDAL||DAL||Dallas||Texas||Dallas Love Field||City of Dallas Department of Aviation|
|KDCA||DCA||Arlington County||Virginia||Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport||Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority|
|KDEC||DEC||Decatur||Illinois||Decatur Airport||Decatur Park District|
|KDEN||DEN||Denver||Colorado||Denver International Airport||City & County of Denver Department of Aviation|
|KDFW||DFW||DFW Airport||Texas||Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board|
|KDTW||DTW||Romulus||Michigan||Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport||Wayne County Department of Airports|
|KERI||ERI||Erie||Pennsylvania||Erie International Airport | Tom Ridge Field Airport||Erie Municipal Airport Authority|
|KEWR||EWR||Newark||New Jersey||Newark Liberty International Airport||Port Authority of New York and New Jersey|
|KFLL||FLL||Fort Lauderdale||Florida||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport||Broward County Aviation Department|
|KGRR||GRR||Grand Rapids||Michigan||Gerald R. Ford International Airport||Kent County Department of Aeronautics|
|KGSP||GSP||Greer||South Carolina||Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport||Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Commission|
|KHOU||HOU||Houston||Texas||William P. Hobby Airport||Houston Airport System|
|PHNL||HNL||Honolulu||Hawaii||Honolulu International Airport||Airports Division, Hawaii Department of Transportation|
|KHPN||HPN||White Plains||New York||Westchester County Airport||Westchester County Department of Transportation|
|KIAD||IAD||Dulles||Virginia||Dulles International Airport||Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority|
|KIND||IND||Indianapolis||Indiana||Indianapolis International Airport||Indianapolis Airport Authority|
|KIAH||IAH||Houston||Texas||George Bush Intercontinental Airport||Houston Airport System|
|KJFK||JFK||New York||New York||John F. Kennedy International Airport||Port Authority of New York and New Jersey|
|KLAF||LAF||Lafayette||Indiana||Purdue University Airport||Purdue University|
|KLAS||LAS||Las Vegas||Nevada||McCarran International Airport||Clark County Airport System|
|KLAX||LAX||Los Angeles||California||Los Angeles International Airport||Los Angeles World Airports|
|KLGA||LGA||New York||New York||LaGuardia Airport||Port Authority of New York and New Jersey|
|KMDW||MDW||Chicago||Illinois||Midway International Airport||City of Chicago Department of Aviation|
|KMHT||MHT||Manchester||New Hampshire||Manchester | Boston Regional Airport||City of Manchester Aviation Department|
|KMIA||MIA||Miami||Florida||Miami International Airport||Miami-Dade Aviation Department|
|KMSP||MSP||Minneapolis-St. Paul||Minnesota||Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport||Metropolitan Airports Commission|
|KMSY||MSY||Kenner||Louisiana||Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport||New Orleans Aviation Board|
|KOAK||OAK||Oakland||California||Oakland International Airport||Port of Oakland|
|KONT||ONT||Ontario||California||LA/Ontario International Airport||Los Angeles World Airports|
|KORD||ORD||Chicago||Illinois||O'Hare International Airport||City of Chicago Department of Aviation|
|KPHL||PHL||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania||Philadelphia International Airport||City of Philadelphia Airport Agency|
|KPHX||PHX||Phoenix||Arizona||Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport||City of Phoenix Aviation Department|
|KPIT||PIT||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania||Pittsburgh International Airport||Allegheny County Airport Authority|
|KPMD||PMD||Palmdale||California||LA/Palmdale Regional Airport||Los Angeles World Airports|
|KPVD||PVD||Warwick||Rhode Island||T. F. Green Airport||Rhode Island Airport Corporation|
|KSBA||SBA||Santa Barbara||California||Santa Barbara Airport||City of Santa Barbara Airport Department|
|KSEA||SEA||Seattle||Washington||Seattle-Tacoma International Airport||Port of Seattle|
|KSFO||SFO||San Francisco||California||San Francisco International Airport||Airport Commission of City of San Francisco|
|KSGF||SGF||Springfield||Missouri||Springfield/Branson National Airport||City of Springfield Airport Department|
|KSJC||SJC||San Jose||California||Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport||City of San Jose Department of Aviation Services|
|KSLC||SLC||Salt Lake City||Utah||Salt Lake City International Airport||Salt Lake City Department of Airports|
|KSNA||SNA||Santa Ana||California||John Wayne Airport||Orange County Airport Commission|
|KSPI||SPI||Springfield||Illinois||Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport||Springfield Airport Authority|
|KSTL||STL||St. Louis||Missouri||Lambert-St. Louis International Airport||St. Louis Airport Department|
|KTUS||TUS||Tuscon||Arizona||Tuscon International Airport||Tuscon Airport Authority|
|KVNY||VNY||Van Nuys||California||Van Nuys Airport||Los Angeles World Airports|
|CYUL||YUL||Montréal||Québec||Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport||Aéroports de Montréal|
Passenger train travel in this country is effectively a one-horse race. There's the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, and that's it.
Bus travel in this country is also effectively a one-horse race, or perhaps I should call it a one-dog race. Oddly enough the times I have taken an intercity bus (which I have done twice), the route was between points served by Amtrak. So I've never used buses to go places I couldn't get by train.
I used to have a link here for road condition reports from the Illinois Department of Transportation. But IDOT changed their page. And they made me dig. Shame on them, because I found this site instead, which is far more useful, as it is run by the USDOT and has links to all state agencies' reports.
Well, all that traveling is fine, but what do you do once you get to the area you're trying to get to? That's what most people, myself included, usually mean by "public transit". Depending on the area (and the area covered), public transit agencies may use heavy commuter rail, light rail, buses, or even ferries to move people around.
I've finally overhauled this section, using tables like I did above. This time, though, I've consolidated the links by agency: if one agency provides three serviced, that agency has one row and not three. I've used columns in the tables to designate each service; the links are still service-specific.
|Boston||Massachusetts||Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority|
|Champaign||Illinois||Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District|
|Chicago||Illinois||Chicago Transit Authority|
|Chicago||Illinois||Regional Transportation Authority|
|Culver City||California||City of Culver City||Culver CityBus|
|Las Vegas||Nevada||Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada||Citizens Area Transit|
|Los Angeles||California||Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority|
|Montréal||Québec||Société de transport de Montréal|
|New Jersey||NJ Transit|
|New York||New York||Metropolitan Transportation Authority||Long Island Rail Road|
|New York||New York||Metropolitan Transportation Authority||Metro-North Railroad|
|New York||New York||Metropolitan Transportation Authority||New York City Transit|
|New York||New York||New York City Department of Transportation||Staten Island Ferry|
|New York||New York||Port Authority of New York and New Jersey||Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)|
|Philadelphia||Pennsylvania||Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority|
|Santa Monica||California||City of Santa Monica||Big Blue Bus|
|Springfield||Illinois||Springfield Mass Transit District|
|Washington||Washington State Department of Transportation||Washington State Ferries|
|Washington||District of Columbia||Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority|
I always have had a couple shipping links here. Shipping is part of transportation, too; sometimes, you've just got to send stuff. I usually use the USPS, but I won't mail a $2000 computer weighing 32 pounds over 1700 miles. That is what UPS is for.