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. 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 four of the first five, and the ninth one -- and I don't endorse them, necessarily. But they're all quite useful airlines.

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.) But if you are considering flying somewhere, often the airport site (or the managing agency site) can be quite useful.

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. I've never actually taken an intercity bus, but they do exist; I've seen them and met a passenger who got off one.

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.


Heavy Rail | Light Rail | Buses | Ferries | Planners

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.

At some point, I may get around to listing services and agencies in places I have never been, like Boston, San Francisco, London, or Paris. I will denote those somehow. Meanwhile, every link here is a system I have actually used, at some point. (I do so love transit.)

My Commuter Rail Links

My Light Rail Links

My Bus Links

My Ferry Links

My Local Planner Links

Several cities or regions have "trip planners", which are highly useful for trying to get from one point to another when you don't care how. Often these trip planners incorporate two or three of the above-linked services to get the job done.


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