Where do you think you're going?

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.

My Airline Links

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.

Airline Name
AALAAAmerican Airlinesreservations
ACAACAir Canadareservations
AFRAFAir Francereservations
ASA/QXEAS/QXAlaska Airlines/Horizon Airreservations
JBUB6JetBlue Airwaysreservations
BAWBABritish Airwaysreservations
COACOContinental Airlinesreservations
DALDLDelta Air Linesreservations
TRSFLAirTran Airwaysreservations
KLMKLKLM Royal Dutch Airlinesreservations
NKSNKSpirit Airlinesreservations
NWANWNorthwest Airlinesreservations
QFAQFQantas Airwaysreservations
AMTTZATA Airlinesreservations
UALUAUnited Airlinesreservations
USAUSUS Airwaysreservations
SWAWNSouthwest Airlinesreservations

My Airport Links

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.

CityAirport Name
Managing Agency
KACYACYEgg Harbor TownshipNew JerseyAtlantic City International AirportSouth Jersey Transportation Authority
KATLATLAtlantaGeorgiaHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportCity of Atlanta Department of Aviation
KBDLBDLWindsor LocksConnecticutBradley International AirportConnecticut Department of Transportation
KBILBILBillingsMontanaBillings Logan International AirportCity of Billings Aviation and Transit Department
KBLVBLVMascoutahIllinoisMidamerica St. Louis AirportCounty of St. Clair
KBMIBMIBloomingtonIllinoisCentral Illinois Regional AirportBloomington-Normal Airport Authority
KBOSBOSEast BostonMassachusettsBoston Logan International AirportMassachusetts Port Authority
KBUFBUFCheektowagaNew YorkBuffalo Niagara International AirportNiagara Frontier Transportation Authority
KBWIBWIBWI AirportMarylandBaltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall AirportMaryland Aviation Administration
KCLECLEClevelandOhioCleveland Hopkins International AirportCity of Cleveland
KCLTCLTCharlotteNorth CarolinaCharlotte Douglas International AirportCity of Charlotte-Mecklenberg County
KCMHCMHColumbusOhioPort Columbus International AirportColumbus Regional Airport Authority
KCMICMISavoyIllinoisWillard AirportUniversity of Illinois Institute of Aviation
KCOSCOSColorado SpringsColoradoColorado Springs AirportCity of Colorado Springs
KCVGCVGCincinnatiOhioCincinnati/Northern Kentucky International AirportKenton County Airport Board
KDALDALDallasTexasDallas Love FieldCity of Dallas Department of Aviation
KDCADCAArlington CountyVirginiaRonald Reagan Washington National AirportMetropolitan Washington Airports Authority
KDECDECDecaturIllinoisDecatur AirportDecatur Park District
KDENDENDenverColoradoDenver International AirportCity & County of Denver Department of Aviation
KDFWDFWDFW AirportTexasDallas-Fort Worth International AirportDallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board
KDTWDTWRomulusMichiganDetroit Metropolitan Wayne County AirportWayne County Department of Airports
KERIERIEriePennsylvaniaErie International Airport | Tom Ridge Field AirportErie Municipal Airport Authority
KEWREWRNewarkNew JerseyNewark Liberty International AirportPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
KFLLFLLFort LauderdaleFloridaFort Lauderdale-Hollywood International AirportBroward County Aviation Department
KGRRGRRGrand RapidsMichiganGerald R. Ford International AirportKent County Department of Aeronautics
KGSPGSPGreerSouth CarolinaGreenville-Spartanburg International AirportGreenville-Spartanburg International Airport Commission
KHOUHOUHoustonTexasWilliam P. Hobby AirportHouston Airport System
PHNLHNLHonoluluHawaiiHonolulu International AirportAirports Division, Hawaii Department of Transportation
KHPNHPNWhite PlainsNew YorkWestchester County AirportWestchester County Department of Transportation
KIADIADDullesVirginiaDulles International AirportMetropolitan Washington Airports Authority
KINDINDIndianapolisIndianaIndianapolis International AirportIndianapolis Airport Authority
KIAHIAHHoustonTexasGeorge Bush Intercontinental AirportHouston Airport System
KJFKJFKNew YorkNew YorkJohn F. Kennedy International AirportPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
KLAFLAFLafayetteIndianaPurdue University AirportPurdue University
KLASLASLas VegasNevadaMcCarran International AirportClark County Airport System
KLAXLAXLos AngelesCaliforniaLos Angeles International AirportLos Angeles World Airports
KLGALGANew YorkNew YorkLaGuardia AirportPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
KMDWMDWChicagoIllinoisMidway International AirportCity of Chicago Department of Aviation
KMHTMHTManchesterNew HampshireManchester | Boston Regional AirportCity of Manchester Aviation Department
KMIAMIAMiamiFloridaMiami International AirportMiami-Dade Aviation Department
KMSPMSPMinneapolis-St. PaulMinnesotaMinneapolis-St. Paul International AirportMetropolitan Airports Commission
KMSYMSYKennerLouisianaLouis Armstrong New Orleans International AirportNew Orleans Aviation Board
KOAKOAKOaklandCaliforniaOakland International AirportPort of Oakland
KONTONTOntarioCaliforniaLA/Ontario International AirportLos Angeles World Airports
KORDORDChicagoIllinoisO'Hare International AirportCity of Chicago Department of Aviation
KPHLPHLPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia International AirportCity of Philadelphia Airport Agency
KPHXPHXPhoenixArizonaPhoenix Sky Harbor International AirportCity of Phoenix Aviation Department
KPITPITPittsburghPennsylvaniaPittsburgh International AirportAllegheny County Airport Authority
KPMDPMDPalmdaleCaliforniaLA/Palmdale Regional AirportLos Angeles World Airports
KPVDPVDWarwickRhode IslandT. F. Green AirportRhode Island Airport Corporation
KSBASBASanta BarbaraCaliforniaSanta Barbara AirportCity of Santa Barbara Airport Department
KSEASEASeattleWashingtonSeattle-Tacoma International AirportPort of Seattle
KSFOSFOSan FranciscoCaliforniaSan Francisco International AirportAirport Commission of City of San Francisco
KSGFSGFSpringfieldMissouriSpringfield/Branson National AirportCity of Springfield Airport Department
KSJCSJCSan JoseCaliforniaNorman Y. Mineta San José International AirportCity of San Jose Department of Aviation Services
KSLCSLCSalt Lake CityUtahSalt Lake City International AirportSalt Lake City Department of Airports
KSNASNASanta AnaCaliforniaJohn Wayne AirportOrange County Airport Commission
KSPISPISpringfieldIllinoisAbraham Lincoln Capital AirportSpringfield Airport Authority
KSTLSTLSt. LouisMissouriLambert-St. Louis International AirportSt. Louis Airport Department
KTUSTUSTusconArizonaTuscon International AirportTuscon Airport Authority
KVNYVNYVan NuysCaliforniaVan Nuys AirportLos Angeles World Airports
CYULYULMontréalQuébecPierre Elliott Trudeau International AirportAéroports de Montréal

My Train Links

Passenger train travel in this country is effectively a one-horse race. There's the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, and that's it.

My Intercity Bus Links

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.

My Road Links

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.

LocationAgencyService NameTrip
BostonMassachusetts Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Black Happy White Happy White Happy
ChampaignIllinois Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District White Happy
ChicagoIllinois Chicago Transit Authority White Happy White Happy
ChicagoIllinois Metra White Happy
ChicagoIllinois Pace White Happy
ChicagoIllinois Regional Transportation Authority Green Happy
Culver CityCalifornia City of Culver CityCulver CityBus White Happy
Las VegasNevada Regional Transportation Commission of Southern NevadaCitizens Area Transit Green Happy White Happy
Los AngelesCalifornia Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Green Happy
MontréalQuébec Société de transport de Montréal White Happy Black Happy
New Jersey NJ Transit Green Happy White Happy Black Happy White Happy
New YorkNew York Metropolitan Transportation AuthorityLong Island Rail Road White Happy
New YorkNew York Metropolitan Transportation AuthorityMetro-North Railroad Black Happy
New YorkNew York Metropolitan Transportation AuthorityNew York City Transit White Happy White Happy
New YorkNew York New York City Department of TransportationStaten Island Ferry White Happy
New YorkNew York Port Authority of New York and New JerseyPort Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) White Happy
PhiladelphiaPennsylvania Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority White Happy White Happy White Happy
Santa MonicaCalifornia City of Santa MonicaBig Blue Bus White Happy
SeattleWashington Metro Bus Green Happy White Happy
SpringfieldIllinois Springfield Mass Transit District White Happy
Washington Washington State Department of TransportationWashington State Ferries White Happy
WashingtonDistrict of Columbia Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Green Happy White Happy Black Happy


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.

My Shipping Links