AEP logistics?

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  1. walterd

    walterd Member

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    I have received a full appointment to USCGA and have signed up for the Academy Experience (AEP) on April 9th-10th. I am traveling from North Carolina so I have a few questions. How do I get from the airport to the Coast Guard Academy, an hour long taxi ride sounds impractical? Do they run a shuttle or send people to pick up prospective cadets from the airport? Where should I spend the night on the 8th? Does USCGA provide a bed to students on the 8th so they can more easily make it to the academy experience the following morning? If they do not, where should I stay? Also, should my parents come with me or will they have not much to do? Can someone who has already done the academy experience or knows some about it please enlighten me.
     
  2. GAUSNA2018

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    I flew into Boston and then took and train directly into New London. Then Uber (really cool taxi app) to the CGA. They do not provide transportation. I stayed in Boston overnight with family and went by myself.
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    If you're flying in, I'd highly recommend Providence (PVD) over Boston or Hartford.
     
  4. GAUSNA2018

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    (*THE instead of and in my first post.) My ticket into Boston was a hundred dollars cheaper than the other 2 airports and only an additional 17 for the train ride. Definately fly into Boston if cost is an issue (and it's only an extra hour away).
     
  5. walterd

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    Thanks for all the help guys. I was originally planning on flying but I think I will drive up with my mom since flying involves 2 tickets at $400 (yeah we waited too long) and a car rental versus 1200 miles with around 25 mpg at around $3.20 per gallon it comes out to under $115.
     
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    We were there for the last one and several candidates had taken the train. Apparently it is only 2 miles or so from the Academy.
     
  7. AlexT

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    Don't forget to take plenty of cash for tolls or consider getting an EZ pass with at lease $80.00 on it. You will get hit in Maryland at least twice, once in Delaware, and multiple times in NJ and NY, depending on your route. An EZ Pass will definitely save time.
     
  8. walterd

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    Does it matter which state I register the EZ-pass through?
     
  9. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Where you get your EZ Pass from CAN matter. For instance, if you get an EZ Pass at the Newport, RI, bridge, you pay a fraction of what "out of town" EZ pass users use.

    My EZ Pass is from NJ. I got it while I was stationed in NJ. I still use it now that I'm outside of DC.
     
  10. AlexT

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    In general, it doesn't from a usability standpoint. All EZ-passes will work at all EZ-pass equipped toll boths, regardless of states. However, LITS is correct in that it CAN matter in that toll rates could be discounted in states in which they are registered. But I'm not sure which states have discounts and how big those discounts are. Also some states also charge a monthly maintenance fee (deductions from the EZ Pass account) if the EZ-pass isn't used each month. I know Maryland does, and Delaware does not. I'm not sure if Virginia charges a monthly maintenance fee, but I don't think so.
     

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