I have not. It would be really helpful if the folks who want to bus could
On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 10:49 AM, Paul W. Frields <stickster(a)gmail.com>
On Wed, May 13, 2015 at 11:49:27AM -0400, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 10:49:08AM -0400, Stephen Gallagher wrote:
> > On Wed, 2015-03-25 at 18:10 -0400, Ruth Suehle wrote:
> > > The logical thing might be to wait a few weeks and check the
> > > registration list.
> > >
> > > On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 6:04 PM, Paul W. Frields <
> > > > wrote:
> > > > For FUDCon 2009 Toronto, we contracted a bus to shuttle people from
> > > > the Westford, MA Red Hat office to the event, and back. The cost
> > > > ended up more reasonable than flying so many people to Toronto. It
> > > > also wasn't a terribly longer process once you factor in
> > > > and
> > > > other mass transit.
> > > >
> > > > This year Flock is an even shorter distance away (6 hours vs. 8-9).
> > > > So a bus might again be reasonable, if the number of people
> > > > attending
> > > > warrants it. There are also different size buses. I think we had
> > > > a
> > > > large 50+ seater, but I believe there are smaller and cheaper ones
> > > > available.
> > > >
> > > > Is there any idea yet how many people from Westford are attending
> > > > Flock 2015?
> > So as of this moment, there are 17 pre-registered attendees who have
> > indicated that they are in/near Westford. We should figure out if a
> > bus is sensible at that number (assuming as many as 24 riders might
> > be wise, as some folks may not yet have decided whether they are
> > coming). Doing a quick search of local charter bus companies, we
> > could probably rent a minibus (30 seats) for about $1250 each way
> > ($3.25/mi for 385 miles, based on Google maps). Alternately, they
> > have a larger (56-seat) bus for $3.75/mi and a couple of "luxury"
> > buses whose price is not listed on their website. Obviously, other
> > bus companies likely exist, but this is hopefully useful information
> > for starting an investigation. 
> > 77.608359!2d43.156472
> From my back of the envelope scribbling, that seems like a much better
> deal than paying for gas (I'm not even considering mileage rate
> itself), much less flights.
> Local Motion of Boston is the company we used for the FUDBus to FUDCon
> Toronto 2009, FWIW. Although the bus ended up not being wifi/power
> equipped, this was due to timing. Looks like things changed in the
> last several years:
> Q.v.: <http://www.localmotionofboston.com/bus/deluxe-motor-coach.htm>
> I would be surprised if most buses now weren't comparably equipped.
> * * *
Is someone in OSAS getting quotes for a bus already? It's going to
make a big difference for folks who are planning expenditures for
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