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January 12th, 2003
03:46 pm


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Train or car...
So here's the thing. It's about a 4.5 hour drive and a 4.5 hour train ride (not counting time to, from, and in stations at each end).

I'm sure we could get a pick-up at the other end.

We might be able to get a drop-off at this end.

But the tickets for the 3 of us are $350. If you believe some environmental activist publications, the actual cost of driving a car including so-called "societal" costs, is nearly $1.00 per mile. I don't have a societal cost figure for being three passengers on a train, per mile, but I'm guessing it's lower than the $0.32 per mile cited by the study I read.

So, cost for train: $350 + $58.62 ($0.97 per mile for 30 miles to and from train station) + $45 (guesstimate for 3 day's parking) = $453.62

Claimed total cost of driving: 504.2 round trip @ $0.977 = $492.60

Talk about your toss-ups...especially considering that if I erase the $0.322 "societal" cost, it's a no-brainer, and some of the specific driver direct costs they cite don't apply to me. (Not sure if there's any they don't cite, that do...doubt it).

No matter how you slice it, though, our direct right now out-of-pocket costs are like $40 or $50 of gas (+/-) vs. $350. Sigh.

If it were just me going, this would also be a no-brainer.

Okay, if this is a no-brainer, and I'm just being dumb about how I'm thinking about it, hit that comment link and enlighten me.

Oh yeah, context: it's finally time for Arisia again! Yay!

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Date:January 12th, 2003 01:45 pm (UTC)
My suggestion, if cost isn't an issue, is to take the mode of transportation that will cause the least stress.

If you take the train you don't have to deal with the traffic, but you do have to deal with meeting the train’s schedule. Whither it is easier to travel with your child in a car or a train, I don't know. Also, I guess the amount of stuff you have to haul around would make a difference too.

Since there will be three of you in the car, you will already be car-pooling.
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Date:January 12th, 2003 02:12 pm (UTC)

just ran into another wrinkle with the train...

What looks like the nearest station, Boston Back Bay, doesn't have checked baggage service.

Oh, wait, I take it back...the Boston South station, which does have service, is only a mile from the train station.

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Date:January 12th, 2003 02:45 pm (UTC)

Parking costs in Boston

From Arisia's web site:

The cheapest parking within walking distance of the hotel is at the Boston Common Garage. The weekend rate is $9/day. In addition, we will be selling tickets at the Arisia Sales table on the mezzanine (where you can also buy a fine commemerative T-shirt, and sign up for Arisia '04), which will effectively save you $5 per stay at the garage.

The most expensive, but most convenient, option is the Motor Mart/Kinney Systems Garage across the street from the hotel. Actually, if you're staying in the hotel, the most expensive, most convenient option is valet

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Date:January 12th, 2003 06:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! Arisia! See you guys there! :)
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Date:January 13th, 2003 07:33 am (UTC)

I'm excited!!!

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Date:January 13th, 2003 01:00 pm (UTC)
Hi Happy!!!

For my transit, I am taking a lovely bus from Penn Station NYC to South Station with a company called Entertainment Tours (http://www.coachne.com). If you buy a round trip ticket, it's $20 each way. If you buy a one-way ticket, it's $25. I've used this service twice already and I really like them.

See you at the hotel!

Eva (aka Bryt's Evil Twin Skippy)
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Date:January 13th, 2003 01:51 pm (UTC)


Can't wait...

I think we're going to end up driving.

The equation is complicated by the Toddler Management Factor.

He's a very sweet little guy, but no two year old is well known for impulse control. :)
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