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Why You'll Want to Avoid Newark Airport for 75 Days This Summer

April 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Granted, our usual NYC travel advice is to avoid Newark Airport whenever possible, but take it doubly serious this summer as public transportation to/from the airport is going to be the worst.

FlyerTalk alerted travelers to the situation, confirmed by the Port Authority and local news reports.

The Newark Airport AirTrain will be closed for necessary repairs for 75 days during summer's peak travel season: May 1 - July 15. Rubbing salt into the wound, not even Amtrak will be stopping at Newark Airport's train station, meaning the only option for public transportation is a replacement shuttle bus leaving from downtown Newark.

Additionally, with no AirTrain, travelers making transfers between terminals or heading out to the parking or rental car lots will also need to pile in the shuttle buses. Yuck.

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The Panama Canal's Newest Neighbor is a Modern Subway System

April 7, 2014 at 7:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Several spots in Central America have been on the "cool places to visit" list for a few years now, but Panama's popularity gains momentum with every headline event. Just this year, the country has had several new hotel openings (including an Ace!), it's the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal, and now Panama has debuted a brand new subway system.

It’s not every day you get to catch a ride aboard public transportation free from graffiti and litter, and of course on a train that still retains that new subway smell. Panama City debuted their new trains and tracks earlier this month, and they’re the first country in Central America to have such a system.

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Will Smog Affect Your Next Trip to Paris?

Where: Paris, France
March 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’re not here to cause panic and have you choke on your macaron, baguette, or cotton candy, but Paris had a problem a little under two weeks ago when an usual amount of smog rolled in and blanketed the city.

Concerned officials went as far as to throw open the turnstiles to public transportation, offering free rides on subways and buses for three days in hopes of improving air quality and easing congestion throughout the region. It wasn't just the pollution, though. According to the BBC, some unique weather patterns made things that much worse, resulting in an Air Quality Index of 185 that put Paris on par with Beijing.

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There is a Dream to Update the Abandoned Metro Stations of Paris

Where: Paris, France
February 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Things are still every much on the drawing board, but we couldn’t be more in favor with the plans for some of the forgotten metro stations over in Paris. For one reason or another some of these stations haven’t been doing the public transportation thing for quite some time, and now one group is looking to upgrade and update things into a little bit of an urban oasis.

As part of the city’s current race for mayor, one candidate is proposing new ideas to utilize some long forgotten bits and pieces of city real estate. She envisions swimming pools, nightclubs, and art installations, as the city would bring these deserted spots across the city back to life—and better than ever.

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Onboard the NYC Subway's 1930s Vintage Train (and How You Can Still Catch It)

December 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

What is, in our own opinion, the coolest event of the holiday season in New York City is almost over, but you've still got one more chance to hop onboard the MTA Nostalgia Train.

The holiday “Nostalgia Special” is a regular subway train, running on the M line from Queens Plaza to 2nd Avenue, and it's made up of historic cars from the 1930s through the 1980s. It operates on Sundays only, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., on December 1, 8, 15 and 22. That leaves December 22.

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Wrap a Subway Around Your Wrist with Map-Print Cuffs

October 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've all been there—traveling in a foreign city enjoying the sights, but having to pull out the paper map or Google Maps to re-orient. Not only is the action embarrassing and a tell-tale sign that you're a tourist, but it increases the risk that you'll become the victim of petty crime.

Fear not, for the folks at Design Hype have created metal cuffs embossed with public transport maps of a handful of cities. Now, when jumping from Uptown to Downtown Manhattan, you merely need glance at your wrist to determine if the A, C or E train is the one to hop on for your desired destination.

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Getting to Cape Cod and the Islands Without Traffic, by CapeFlyer Train

August 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s still plenty of summer left, and by that we mean that there are a few days to enjoy the warmer weather as the calendar flips from August to September. For those who call Boston home—or just the Northeast in general—there’s never been an easier way to escape towards Cape Cod and the islands. Thanks to the CapeFlyer you can skip the traffic jams, and that’ll especially be the case during the upcoming holiday weekend.

The new train service has been doing its thing since around Memorial Day, and it will continue to do so through Columbus Day. Once aboard the train you can enjoy all the usual train stuff including the chance to grab some snacks and beverages, and they’re even beaming some free WiFi throughout the cabin. Feel free to bring you bike along too—as well as your kids—as both of them are permitted to ride for free.

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Do Not Do: Take a Taxi into NYC from Newark Airport

August 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM | by | Comment (1)

The days of fretting over whether taxicabs take credit cards are practically over--as most taxis in major cities and at major airports have long ago installed credit card machines, freeing you up from having to take out cash at the ATM when you land. Except at Newark International Airport taking a taxi into Manhattan and paying by credit card is still a hassle.

For starters, there is an additional $5 charge to all points in the state of New York (except Staten Island.) Second, the taxi stand makes you pre-pay for your ride at one of these machines. You then give the slip to your driver, with your desired destination and he will process the full payment at the end. That does not include tolls (which are about $10 and up) and tips (whatever you feel is appropriate.)

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On Taipei's Metro: The Newbie Traveler and a Massive Love of Mass Transit

Where: Taipei, Taiwan
July 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Every so often here at Jaunted, we get a dispatch from The Newbie Traveler Andy Miles, who, despite his passion for travel, is still working on getting out there in the world. His unique perspectives are those of a first-timer, and today we're excited to hear about his very first trip on a subway in Asia. In this case, the fateful journeys went down in Taipei, Taiwan:

Air conditioning worthy of combating the most oppressive humidity, surfaces clean enough to eat off of, concierge-like customer service, and a type of thorough organization that is exceptionally rare. No, I'm not describing a 5-star hotel, but rather Taipei's Metro system.

The subway stations and cars on Taipei's metro are spotless. This means no paint marker tags or key-scratched initials on windows. While this cleanliness is most likely due to the ample security cameras, my more romantic view is it's because even the youth take a certain pride in the appearance of their mass transportation. Seeing as how the metro system carries over 1.5 million people a day, staying this spick-and-span is quite a feat.

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New York's Subway Stops May Go to the Highest Bidder

July 23, 2013 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

As far as we’re concerned it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping list, and if you’re looking to get something for us—thanks in advance—we have a great idea. It looks like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over in New York City is thinking about adding some sponsorship deals to their subway stations. So if you’ve got a little extra cash, we certainly would appreciate our very own Jaunted subway stop.

Basically advertisers can throw in some cash, and they can name a stop after a company. It sounds like nothing is happening immediately, so don’t expect Times Square presented by American Express anytime soon. However, the public transportation people have outlined some rules and regulations, and they are meeting to chat about the possibility of adding some ads to boost their revenue.

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Are Panama's Red Devil Buses Now a Thing of the Past?

April 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Panama City, though less visited and talked about than its neighbor to the north, San Jose, is by no means an outdated place. For evidence of that, simply look for the skyscrapers shooting up in high-end nabes like Punta Pacifica, the new promenade being constructed along the coast, as well as the recent arrival of big name hotels (Trump, Hard Rock, Waldorf-Astoria).

But there's one part of the city that has remained a glaring anomaly in the city's tireless campaign to bring itself into the 21st century: los diablos rojos. Translated literally as "red devils," these are second-hand schoolbuses that careen around the city, decorated vividly with cartoon characters and graffiti-style imagery, offering cheap rides to anyone brave enough to flag one down. Needless to say, these bad boys were hard to miss.

The only problem was they weren't the safest way to get around. Drivers were often more worried about what songs were playing on the radio, or how to fill their dashboard with as many dolls, statues, and toys as possible, than what was actually happening on the road.

For years, the city fought to put an end to the red devils—against the wishes of locals, who enjoyed the festive vibes on their morning commute (not to mention the 25¢ ticket price!). Again and again, the government would announce an expiration date for the red devils, and again and again, they would fail to do away with them.

But as of last month, it appears the lawless jalopies have been put to rest once and for all.

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New York City's Subway Station Maps Finally Enter the 21st Century

March 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

For tourists and locals traveling below the streets of New York City, there’s a new way to get around the massive subway system. The traditional subway map is getting an upgrade, and that means they’ll finally replace some of those printed ones that have long been missing information due to too many people running their fingers along popular routes.

Digital maps have already invaded some subway stops, like Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station and the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center stop over in Brooklyn, but now the the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is planning to hook up stops with at least 77 more touchscreen "On the Go!" panels.

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