Sunday, August 31, 2014

St. Louis: Linking Yourself With the Metro

Arch-Laclede's Landing is the Metrolink Station for the world-famous monument

It's been over 10 years since I last visited this historic city, so with Delta Air Lines offering incredible last-minute fares over Labor Day weekend, it was a great opportunity to evaluate its awesome transit system while earning some miles.

Metro Transit is best known as the operator of the public transportation system for the bi-state St. Louis metropolitan region, with MetroLink (light rail), MetroBus and Metro Call-A-Ride. Light rail consists of two lines, the Red Line (Lambert Airport <> Shiloh-Scott) and the Blue Line (Shrewsbury <> Fairview Heights), overlapping between Forest Park and Fairview Heights.

Between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and downtown
Red Line

Red and Blue serve all at and between Forest Park and Fairview Heights

Getting Around Forest Park
Forest Park is the city's main park complex, and the former grounds of the World's Fair. The brightly painted Bus Line 3 is also known as the Forest Park Trolley, and all Metro tickets are valid on this line. It's a seasonal service, providing frequent trips and quick connections from the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station to various attractions in Forest Park, such as the Missouri History Museum, Forest Park Visitors Center, Grand Basin, Norman K Probstein Golf Course, St Louis Art Museum, St Louis Zoo, Boat House, World's Fair Pavilion, Pagoda Circle, the Muny, Jewel Box, Steinberg Skating Rink, Central Fields, Planetarium and St Louis Science Center.

Downtown and Vicinity
Behind the Arch, downtown St. Louis is served by the two train lines as well as many bus routes, and also easily covered on foot. Highlights include the Old Courthouse, Kiener Park, City Garden, Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours, Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village, Union Station and many others.

A world-famous monument viewed from an 1800's bridge spanning America's greatest river

Tips for Iconic Arch Photos!
  • Gateway Arch and skyline - take any rail line to East Riverfront Station and walk toward the Casino Queen parking lot.
  • Old Courthouse with the Arch behind it - go to Kiener Plaza, in the area around the Running Man sculpture and fountain
  • Arch within an arch - platform of the Arch-Laclede's Landing Station, where you can see the Gateway Arch peeking from within one of the arches of Eads Bridge
St. Louis Metro Transit's "next" bus and train schedules a clickable on your phone's Google Maps app. Just activate the transit layer, zoom in to your location and click on the bus or train station icon.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Double Qantas Points offer with US Airways and TAM

Qantas excited to announce two new airline partners have joined the oneworld® alliance and expanded their global network. With the addition of US Airways and TAM Linhas Aéreas, you'll be able to fly throughout both North and South America and beyond, while earning Qantas Points and Status credits.

USA is calling! US Airways joined oneworld® as an affiliate of American Airlines and a Qantas Frequent Flyer partner on 31 Mar 2014. To celebrate, they're offering you double Qantas Points on eligible US Airways flights when you register and travel between 31 Mar and 30 Jun 2014. One of South America's best airlines, TAM Linhas Aéreas joined oneworld® and the Qantas Frequent Flyer program on 31 March 2014. They're excited to offer double Qantas Points4 on eligible TAM flights when you register between 31 Mar and 31 May for travel from 1 May until 31 May 2014.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dallas: Easy Breezy in a Complex Metroplex

Like Denver, I have connected through the colossal Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) many times. In fact, it was the very first Central Time Zone city I had ever been to, so it will always have that special place in my travel memories. I finally got a rare opportunity to experience this big city on the outside while on a long layover en route to Omaha.

The DART Shuttle (No. 500) stop outside Concourse A

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) gets you around Dallas and 12 surrounding cities with modern public transit services and customer facilities tailored to make your trip fast, comfortable and economical. The  extensive network of DART Rail, Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and bus services moves more than 220,000 passengers per day across a 700-square-mile service area.

Between DFW and the city:
DART via Belt Line Station [INFO]
Trinity Railway Express via Centreport/DFW Station [INFO]

Between Love Field and the city:
DART via Inwood/Love Field Station [INFO]

DART Buses
DART operates local and express bus routes serving Addison, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glenn Heights, Highland Park, Irving, Richardson, Rowlett, Plano and University Park. [INFO]
The combined DART and TRE map. Soon, Orange Line will be extended to DFW.

DART Rail and Trinity Railway Express
The DART Rail System provides fast, convenient service to work, shopping and entertainment destinations in Dallas, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Garland, Irving, Plano and Richardson. Plus, the TRE commuter line links DART customers to DFW International Airport and downtown Fort Worth.
Cowboy country!

Useful Tip
When traveling in downtown Dallas, visit the DART Store at Akard Station for printed schedules or a system map. Schedules are also available at many libraries and other government centers in the DART Service Area.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Montevideo: I Think I'm in Love!

It was my second visit to South America and definitely the first where I actually step out of the airport and explore! The simple life along the coastal environs of Montevideo, Uruguay simply took my breath away.

Enjoying the gorgeous seaside suburb of Piriápolis.

Carrasco International Airport is an interesting spaceship-shaped structure located in the suburb of Canelones, and is served by the COPSA, COT and Cutcsa companies. In the city, the main transport agency is STM.
The STM app for Android.

Useful COT Route:
Montevideo <> Aeropuerto <> Piriapolis <> Punta del Este

More Information: (Spanish) (Spanish)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Raleigh: Traveling in the Triangle of Knowledge

It was exciting for me to be in the State of North Carolina for the first time. The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, better known as the Research Triangle, is a metropolitan area of about 2.5 million people and world-famous for its various R&D facilities and institutions. It is served by none other than the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

The lofty terminal area of Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

Between the airport and the city:
Triangle Transit 100 [INFO]

Transit Agencies
  • Capital Area Transit (CAT) provides bus service throughout the city of Raleigh.
  • Cary Transit (C-Tran) provides bus service throughout the town of Cary.
  • Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) provides bus service throughout Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and the UNC community; and an Express route from Pittsboro to UNC.
  • Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA) provides bus service throughout the city of Durham.
  • The Wolfline provides bus service to all three NC State University campuses and the surrounding area.
  • Triangle Transit provides regional bus service to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, Hillsborough, and Wake Forest.
There is a one-stop portal called GoTriangle, which is a partnership of public transportation agencies, and organizations funded to promote commuter benefits in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Together they form a “family of services” that provides public transportation, ridesharing, bicycling, and teleworking services, incentives, and resources. GoTriangle partners work together to provide viable commuting options that enhance the quality of life in the region and improve accessibility to their communities’ assets while reducing roadway congestion, air pollution, and oil consumption.


The R-Line
The R-LINE is Downtown Raleigh's free bus service to connect employees, residents and visitors to retail, restaurants, entertainment venues and parking in the Central Business District (CBD). The service has its own distinct look and feel from regular Capital Area Transit bus service. This makes the R-LINE distinguishable for riders from a distance.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lima: Gateway to the Andes

Souvenir shopping at Lima International.

After arriving at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport, you can take an authorized taxi cab to the city center using the following companies:

1. CMV Taxi Remisse Ejecutivo
3. Taxi Green

Metro de Lima
El 23 de Diciembre del 2010, el Presidente de la República Dr. Alan García Pérez, suscribió el Decreto Supremo No. 059-2010-MTC, el cual fue refrendado por el Ministro de Transportes y Comunicaciones. Decreto Supremo, que aprueba la Red Básica del Metro de Lima – Sistema Eléctrico de Transporte Masivo de Lima y Callao.

La norma señala que la Red Básica del Metro de Lima aprobada, permite definir cuencas de intervención, en el ámbito de ejes viales para el desarrollo de estudios base y de ingeniería para la definición de los trazos finales, localización de estaciones y áreas de reservas para líneas que lo componen.

[More information]

El Metropolitano
Metropolitano es el nuevo sistema integrado de transporte público para Lima, que cuenta con buses articulados de gran capacidad que circulan por corredores exclusivos, bajo el esquema de autobuses de tránsito rápido BRT (Bus Rapid Transit en inglés).
El primer corredor del Metropolitano conecta Lima Sur con Lima Norte, recorriendo 16 distritos de la ciudad desde Chorrillos hasta Comas.

[More information] 

From Lima, you can then explore further and head out to the historic city of Cusco and up the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu.