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Old Posted May 21, 2009, 2:17 AM
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I am actually surprised Kelowna and Victoria are so high on the list. I guess they are both located in heavy tourist areas and are both the gateways to their local regions?
Victoria is actually much lower than it would be if not for its proximity to Vancouver. In other words, the numbers are low precisely because Victoria's airport isn't the gateway to its local region. Strange but true, a lot of Victorians prefer to drive to YVR and fly from there rather than fly from their own airport. And up until very recently, Victoria's airport was hardly advertised at all as a means for travellers to get to the island.

Also, 300,000+ passengers fly downtown-to-downtown every year, so they aren't counted in YYJ/YVR passenger stats.
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Old Posted May 21, 2009, 3:35 AM
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Again driving to florida

Hell vegas/nevada and L.A/cali are closer to Vancouver than florida is to montreal.

Is the recession that bad in the east?
Driving to Florida is cheaper than flying to Florida(gas prices in California are more expansive than any other state, except Hawaii and Alaska).
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Old Posted May 21, 2009, 3:54 AM
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Driving to Florida is cheaper than flying to Florida(gas prices in California are more expansive than any other state, except Hawaii and Alaska).
It's only cheaper if you don't value your time very highly.
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Old Posted May 21, 2009, 3:59 AM
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I haven't made it all the way to Florida driving (flew there once), but I very much enjoyed my road trip to Myrtle Beach a few years ago. Stopped in Richmond, visited friends in Raleigh, and stopped in DC/Baltimore on the way home. There's a big difference between driving a long distance just to get to an airport to fly somewhere else and taking a road trip.
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Old Posted May 21, 2009, 4:02 AM
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It's only cheaper if you don't value your time very highly.
It's also about the long road trip. It's like a tradition. You stop to visit Raleigh, then you stop again to visit Jacksonville before heading to Miami. You can't do that on a plane. Always did road trips and will always do, it's so much more exciting than taking a plane.

You can take my own exemple: We started a long road trip from Montreal to Key West. When I was back, I had pictures of New York City, Washington DC, Richmond, Burlington, Albany, Fayetteville, Jacksonville, Orlando, Daytona, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Key West
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I always thought the best part of the annual trip to florida was the stop-over in NYC, personally.
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Again driving to florida

Hell vegas/nevada and L.A/cali are closer to Vancouver than florida is to montreal.

Is the recession that bad in the east?
Lots of people do California road trips here.
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Again driving to florida

Hell vegas/nevada and L.A/cali are closer to Vancouver than florida is to montreal.

Is the recession that bad in the east?
Driving to Florida from Quebec (from all of Canada east of Manitoba in fact) is not a new, recession-influenced phenomenon. It's been the norm since at least the 60s and 70s.

For those people who maintain that flying is cheaper (or close in price), I guess that's only if you're a single person or perhaps a couple. But pack a family of four or five into a car and it's much, much cheaper to drive. Plus you don't have to rent a car once you get down there.

In this part of the world, "going down south" usually involves two choices:

- driving to Florida

OR

- flying somewhere even further south for an all-inclusive holiday (usually in Cuba, Dominican Republic or Mexico)
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Driving to Florida is not cheaper than flying if you're going for less than a week. It's just what people in the eastern part of Canada (Ontario and Quebec) do.

But it makes sense if you own a second home (or are renting one) or are traveling with several people (or don't want to incur the cost of a rental car if you are staying for prolonged periods). But in high season, the cost of a return flight is probably no more than $300.00 per person.
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In this part of the world, "going down south" usually involves two choices:

- driving to Florida

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- flying somewhere even further south for an all-inclusive holiday (usually in Cuba, Dominican Republic or Mexico)
Or Wildwood, NJ for some strange reason..
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Lots of people do California road trips here.
Yup! We're doing San Francisco/Napa this summer, stopping along the way in Portland for a couple.
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The furthest we've ever driven was to Moncton, New Brunswick from Toronto. We were hoping to make it to at least Halifax, and possibly go onto PEI, but we were too tired and decided to turn around.

I can barely stand the drive to New York, I don't know how people manage to drive all the way down to Florida.
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I think most people that drive to Florida are going there for longer than a week stay. Also, you can't really live in Florida without a car.

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It's still better than sitting on the tarmac at Laguardia for two plus hours
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Those aren't road trips, now this is a road trip (sorry for the Crocodile Dundee ref.) Winnipeg-Minneapolis-Milwaukee-Chicago-Cleveland-D.C-Philadelphia-New York-Toronto-Winnipeg this is our road trip this summer(so pumped) and no we are not Aerosmith
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That would be awesome...I love driving. I wish that we had time to drive to Nova Scotia rather than flying.
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Common BC road trips (besides local ones in BC) are to Alaska, Alberta, Oregon coast, Las Vegas, California and Arizona.
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The thing with Florida is that you really need a car to get around when you are there. In the east, taking a car to Florida is so popular that Amtrak runs the Auto Train from Lorton VA to Stanford FL, for people who don't care much for the long drive.
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I thought I would bring this thread back from the dead.

The underground train station at Dorval Airport in Montreal is pretty much complete. The second picture is over a year old.





At the moment the Airport Authority (Aéroports de Montréal) and the Regional Transit Authority (Agence métropolitaine de transport) are bickering over which line is best to connect Dorval Airport to downtown by rail. Aéroports prevers the CN route (in red), while the AMT prefers the CP route (in yellow).



Both have a lot of pluses and minues.

Here is the ADM's proposal. It involves contracting out a private train service to Bombardier. It would be direct between the Airport and Central Station. It would run at intervals of 20 minutes and have only 3 cars.
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The AMT on the other hand proposes linking the airport with a new transit hub to be located across the street from the Bell Centre and Windsor Station. Trains would run on its Dorion–Rigaud Line commuter rail line.

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Trains would circumvent the Bell Centre using elevated tracks over St. Antoine. Trains would arrive and leave from platforms in a new building on Peel and St. Antoine, Gauthier said.

Passengers would enter via Windsor Station's la Gauchetière St. entrance, where they would find ticket counters and commercial space, Gauthier said.

To reach train, bus and tramway platforms, passengers would then use an aerial passageway over St. Antoine.
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St. John's Airport is working on getting provincial and federal funding for a $25million category 3 landing system. The new landing system will mean that 99%of flights will be able to land in St. John's even when it's foggy. I cannot find the exact story on it but this story is about plans for a business park around the airport and it also mentions the new landing system.
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