Abbreviated travelogue dispatched from my destination in Fort Worth:
I left my parents' house in Grand Rapids, Mich., at 10:28 a.m. ET on the Southbound No. 5 Rapid bus with my luggage. I transferred to the Southbound No. 17 Rapid bus at the Kentwood station and got off at the GRR airport around 11:13 a.m. I had plenty of time to check my bags, go through security, run into a distant cousin, and have lunch before taking off on SWA flight 260 to MDW at 1:45 p.m.
Ironically, that flight was 20 minutes early into MDW, landing at 1:20 p.m. CT, and my flight to DAL was 30 minutes delayed. It would be a tight connection at Love Field.
SWA flight 51 took off from a rainy MDW airport at 4:45 p.m. We made up a bit of time in turbulent weather and landed at DAL at 7:07 p.m. There was a chance. I rushed to baggage claim, got my bags, and ran to the DART bus stop at the end of the curb. A 524 bus arrived at 7:33 p.m. I'd made it—or so I thought. I boarded the bus (City of Miami, you're right, the bus fare is free to Inwood Station) but we weren't moving. It was almost 7:40 p.m., and I still had to catch the Green Line to Victory Station for an 8:05 p.m. Westbound TRE. I realized that I'd needed to take the 7:25 p.m. 524 bus, which I had missed with the flight delay. I stepped off the bus and called a Lyft to take me to the Market/Medical Center TRE station—closer to Love Field and with a WB train time of 8:10 p.m. After a bit of riff raff with the Lyft app and navigation, I arrived at the train station with seven minutes to spare. I ran up the concrete ramps with my bags to the platform, bought a $5 2-hour regional ticket (what a bargain!) and took the 8:10 p.m. Westbound TRE to T&P Station in Fort Worth (a jewel of a station!), where my family picked me up at 9 p.m.
Final thoughts: All in all, I took two local buses, two domestic aircraft, almost a local bus, a rideshare, a commuter train, and a car. I don't take mid afternoon flights often (primarily for the cost savings of daybreak flights), and I don't think I will again unless the destination's transit system has more than an hourly frequency at the time of my arrival. Had I taken the 7:45 p.m. 524 DART bus instead of a Lyft, I wouldn't have gotten on the TRE until 9:05 p.m., adding an entire hour to my travel time.
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Edited by Pere Flyer, 12 January 2018 - 11:58 AM.
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