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Transportation in the U.S.

Transportation in the U.S.

Auto. The most common form of transport in the USA - of course, car. To rent a car, you must have a driver's license and be over 21 years. Typically, the rent by credit card. The basic rules of conduct on the road: do not exceed the speed you need to give priority to pedestrians, which came to a controlled crossing, must stop at the signal special purpose vehicles (eg fire) can not be kept in the car opened the bottle with alcohol. Failure to comply with one of the rules can cost you a human.

Taxi. If you decide to take a taxi, you can order it by phone or stop by hand. Keep in mind that in cities such as New York or Los Angeles, because of the long distance taxis can be quite expensive. In most large cities in the U.S. system of taxis is developed well enough and find a taxi easily enough. As a rule, taxis are painted yellow. American taxi driver must have a license and the counter in the salon. The calculation you must be issued a receipt. To add the account taken of 10-15% tip. Every passenger is a licensed taxi automatically insured against accidents on the road. Therefore, avoid using the services are not licensed, so-called Gypsy taxis. In such machines usually do not go counter and, of course, no insurance passenger is not allowed. Using a taxi is not always convenient, since most American taxi drivers - recent immigrants who have poor command of English. It often turns out that the tourist knows better city than the taxi driver.

Public transport. In big cities public transport in most cases consists of a subway, bus and suburban electric trains. Metropolitan America is notorious for high crime, dirty and unkempt. Nevertheless, the metro - is the fastest and most convenient way of intra-communication. Millions of Americans use every day subway and manage to avoid becoming a victim of a robbery. Of course, you should follow certain precautions: keep a firm hand in hand bags and personal belongings, do not wear jewelry, avoid unlit and scarcity of wagons, keep up with the main crowd of passengers. These same precautions should be taken in suburban trains, which carry out and a large portion of intercity passenger traffic. It is much cleaner and safer in buses. In the U.S., there are bus connections within large cities, and suburban and intercity bus routes.

Bus companies can be public or private. Route network of a major U.S. bus company Greyhound BUS lines covering almost all regions of the United States and some territories Kanady.Greyhound offers tourists a special ticket that is valid for a specified period for any number of transfers and temporary stops (Ameripass, 7, 15 and 30 days). Approximate cost of round-trip from New York to Chicago about $ 150 from New York to Washington about U.S. $ 50 is particularly highly developed bus traffic in New York and Chicago (where, for about 100 thousand inhabitants account for 45 buses ). Americans often use the bus at any interval of the path, passing the remainder of his car (it helps to avoid traffic jams or dictated by the high cost of parking in the downtown).

Entrance to the bus - through the front pad. The driver - he's comptroller. Beside him cash in the form of round-tables, the top is transparent, made of plastic. In the opening coin is lowered, and the driver keeps their number and he has no right to exchange the banknotes. When clicked automatic, assuming a certain amount from the other compartments will ticket. American coaches are usually comfortable, air conditioned, "standing seats" in them do not. Buses are equipped with thumb index routes. Cost of bus ticket in different cities are different. For example, in New York on the lines within a single area (Bronx, Manhattan or other) ticket price is 1,25 U.S. trip on a route that passes through different areas, costs twice as much. In the hours (morning and evening) tickets cheaper than in the daytime. When the bus fare elderly passengers enjoy the benefits.

The highest ticket price in the long lines. For example, in New York on a route between the airport named after John F. Kennedy Airport and La Guardia "ticket costs $ 12 per two-hour trip to the country place costs about 25-30 dollars pay for bus travel feature is the use of" transfer "- a coupon, which operates 2-3 hours and allows free travel on buses another route. "Transfer" to ask the driver for transportation (or exit). By "transfer" can be free to return to the same bus route. Intervals of buses vary during the day, evening, weekends and holidays. On bus routes have the opportunity to make a transfer to other routes. Typically, the cost of the ticket within the city limits is the same regardless of the distance.

In New York Subway ticket sold tokens whose value is equal to the cost of a bus ticket (ie, 1.25 dollars). They can also be used on public land transport. These chips are very convenient, because do not worry about trifles. Intercity bus routes start from the central bus station. By phone you can get information on schedules and ticket prices. It should arrive at the station for at least half an hour before the departure of the bus. To buy a ticket in the peak hours or on holidays, it is better to come earlier. On long-haul routes in the bus have toilets, but also includes stops on the schedule at the roadside restaurants. For coaches, things are loaded in the trunk driver.

The most famous long-distance bus company: "Greyhound", "Treylveyz", "Blue Bird". In buses, even on short routes usually have air conditioning, and more often, and toilet and wash basin. There are buses with a bar and music lounge. Weight of luggage is limited (60 kg), but, surcharge, you can take more. The rules prohibit children under 12 traveling alone, but there are many ways to circumvent this obstacle, if there is an urgent need and the child is independent enough to fend for yourself - you can always ask someone to look after the older child. Lunch time starts passengers usually during the stop, which lasts 30 - 40 min. Or short stays for leisure -15 min. Places passengers own choosing, but it has remained for the passenger seat before the end of the trip.

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