Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to do away with air travel (for the unwashed masses at least, and almost assuredly not for the proggie nomenklatura and their cronies). So are buses and trains a viable substitute for air travel today?
I recently had to travel cross country from near Atlanta, Ga. to Los Angeles, Calif., though I was in no great rush to get there. I looked at routes by air, bus and train. I was surprised to find that cross country travel is, if you buy the ticket two weeks out, as cheap or cheaper by air than it is by bus, train, or some combination of the two. Moreover, the flight takes only 5 hours to 8 hours to complete, while the bus or train take at least 48 hours — or so it was advertised. So flying cross country is more efficient in terms of travel time by a minimum factor of eight.
I have flown across country often, but I had never taken a bus or a train to do so. The opportunity to actually see “fly-over country” sounded interesting, so I booked the “express” bus from Greyhound, the one taking only forty seven hours to reach LA. The route led through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico. and Arizona before finally reaching California, promising only two short stops to change buses along the route. [Read more…]