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Florida notes [transportation]

I flew on Frontier Airlines, an Airbus of some sort. It is true that the seats are extremely close together and don't recline. I didn't mind that quite as much as I'd feared, although I didn't get anything resembling particularly good sleep. The non-recline aspect means less interactions with passengers fore and aft, which I appreciate. And given how much fuel airplanes burn, it seems like a good thing to maximize fuel economy where possible by filling planes as full of people as possible (assuming that translates into higher fuel efficiency per passenger). Also, if it's a sufficiently unpleasant experience maybe more people will be motivated to try out other, better modes of travel, like trains.

When I landed, I went in search of the city bus. The system here is called the Lynx. It was confusing to find at first, because there are hundreds and millions of Disney buses and other exotic resort vacation carriages festooning the various airport entrances, but eventually I found the city buses.

I was going to take the bus to the Convention Center and then walk the rest of the way to the La Quinta, but in some respects this part of Florida makes Texas look laughably compact. At least there are sidewalks everywhere.

In addition to the city buses, there are these "i-Ride Trolley" things that must be run by the tourism bureau or something to help ferry people around without clogging the roadways. I was pleased to see them but it's weird to see them using the same stops as the city bus, with people refusing to get on the city buses (cost the same and cover similar routes). That's America for you, though.

I had thought I'd made reservations at the La Quinta closer to the Convention Center, but it turned out my reservations are at one that's another mile away. So I may be using those trolleys and buses slightly more than I'd thought.

Time for a nap.


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Sep. 23rd, 2016 06:46 pm (UTC)
There were a lot of people who worked at Plum Creek who would never ride the bus because poor people did that. They're all unemployed now ha.

I kind of wish city employees would board random buses and give out free lotto tickets to people they saw doing nice things on the bus.

There's an article somewhere about how people don't mind traffic speed cameras so much if a portion of ticket money goes to one random winner per day who drives below the speed limit. I think it was the Netherlands.

Sep. 23rd, 2016 07:38 pm (UTC)
I wish I could take trains more often (trains are fun!) except I don't think I could justify spending more money on a 70 hour train ride to replace a three hour flight. :( And of course with Amtrak make that a 70-100 hour train ride...
Sep. 24th, 2016 06:31 pm (UTC)
"Better forms of transportation"? *scratches head* Better for what? Trains are [faster|more fuel efficient|more convenient] for some trips for some purposes. I like trains, but I wouldn't take one to the corner store any more than I'd bicycle to Europe. :)
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