How to save money when traveling by rail and truck: The real cost of freight trains
By Mike Corderie and Michael Fenton, CBC News Staff WriterFor the past few months, freight rail and freight train stations have been a regular feature of our trip to the Great Lakes, thanks to the freight trains that ply the region.
We’re always looking for ways to save even more money when buying, renting or leasing a vehicle.
Here’s how to do it, starting with finding a train station that offers you an economical way to get to and from your destination.1.
Find a trainstation near you.
There are a number of rail stations in the Greater Madison Area, including the one we’re currently traveling from.
But if you’re not sure where to go, you can search for a train with the GreaterMadisonRailways.com app or by entering a station’s name into the search box.2.
Make sure you know where you’ll be going.
Before you buy, rent or lease, it’s important to know where to stop.
If you don’t know where the nearest train station is, check the list of nearby stations on the GreaterMetroRailway.com website or call the Greater MetroRailways customer service line at 1-877-727-0267.3.
Find out the track conditions.
Many of the stations have an air-conditioned station and an open track, so they’re easy to spot.
If not, check out the conditions of the station or call a station to find out the tracks and air conditioners available.4.
Know what the fares are.
Some stations offer cheaper fare packages than others.
Check the schedule of your train or bus service, as well as the price of your fare, to see if the station offers a cheaper fare.5.
Find the nearest freight train station and make sure you have enough room for your belongings.
If your trip is shorter than a day or two, consider using a car.
If it’s longer, consider renting a car to get you from one station to another.6.
Know the cost of a cab.
A cab is a one-way trip that requires a passenger to pay a fare and an attendant.
Depending on the size of the trip, you may be able to get a fare as little as $1.50 per mile or as much as $3.75 per mile.
If this is your case, make sure to check out some of the different cab rates.7.
Ask questions about the trains and trainscar.
Ask about the safety and security measures in place.
Ask if there are any safety notices or announcements that are posted or posted on the train.8.
Learn about freight cars.
Some freight trains can have a different color or design than the train itself, so make sure that you know the type of car you’re getting before you buy.9.
Get the right luggage.
Make an informed choice.
While we can all agree that it’s better to travel in a way that doesn’t involve using public transportation, sometimes the cheapest option is to simply pack your own items.
For example, if you buy a $300 luggage bag for your trip, make an effort to make sure it’s filled with your favorite food, beverages and other necessities.10.
Learn the train’s schedule.
Some of the trains in our route are only open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., but you should know what time the train will be running and what time it will be leaving your destination, especially if you don.
Find all the train schedules in GreaterMetroRide.com.11.
Find tips and tricks for getting the most out of your trip.
Here are some tips and things to consider if you have a busy schedule.12.
Consider buying a cab and renting a vehicle if you can.
For the same price as a cab, you might be able get a higher quality car or even a better one that’s less expensive.
If the fare is more expensive, renting a private vehicle may be more cost-effective.