This year we decided to have an entire section devoted to transportation as there are so many different options to get to Brant Lake Camp! Depending on where you live, there are planes, trains, and busses that come up as far as Albany. Some local clubs are providing van transportation, and others are organizing carpools. The best thing to do before arranging your transport is to contact your local club to see what options are being provided in your area.
THE MOCA BUS
Whether you are arriving by plane, train or bus, we'll do our best to pick you up in Albany and get you to camp. Our MOCA bus will pick up at the Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station at 2:20 p.m., will stop at the Greyhound Bus station at 2:40 p.m., and will continue on to the Albany Airport for a 3:00 p.m. airport pick-up. ARRIVING BY PLANE
Please plan to fly into the Albany Airport (ALB). You want to secure your tickets as soon as possible as flights are limited and it is a holiday weekend. Note that Southwest Airlines flies into Albany, and is by far the cheapest carrier on most routes. You can compare other prices at Travelocity or Orbitz, but you must look directly on the Southwest website (www.southwest.com for their information.
Plan to arrive at ALB no later than 2:00 p.m. on 8/31 so you can catch the MOCA bus. If you plan to rent a car in Albany, feel free to arrive whenever you wish, although camp will not open until 3:30 p.m. Make your return arrangements to leave ALB no earlier than 12:30 p.m. on September 4th.
ARRIVING BY TRAIN
From New York City: There are Amtrak trains leaving Penn Station periodically throughout the day. In order to meet the MOCA bus, your best bet is to catch the 11:45 a.m. train which gets to Albany at 2:10 p.m. Train fare ranges from $68 to $120 round trip depending on seat availability. The New York Club recommends that you wear a Mosaic shirt, carry a sign, or otherwise identify yourself as a Mosaic member so you can find others traveling on the same train. Better yet, why not try to sit in the car either just in front of or just behind the lounge/snack car? Once the train is on its way out of the station, stand up and look around. Many friendships have developed out of meeting someone during travels to and from our events. For your return, please plan to take a train that departs Albany after 12:00 noon on September 4th.
From Boston: Train times are tricky from Boston, and your best bet is likely to take the bus instead. The only Albany train arrives at 5:35 p.m., so you'd need to find your own transportation up to camp. (Price ranges from $42 to $84 roundtrip to Albany).
From Toronto: There is a train from Toronto, but it arrives at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $157 round trip. You'd need to find your own transportation to and from camp. Return train departs at 10:00 a.m.on September 4th.
ARRIVING BY BUS
From New York City:There is an 11:15 a.m. bus arriving in Albany at 2:05 p.m. The MOCA bus will meet you and take you up to camp. For the return, please take the 1:35 p.m. bus which will get you back to NYC by 4:15 p.m. Round trip is $73. Remember also to register for the MOCA bus from Albany to camp.
From Boston: There is a 10:00 a.m. Peter Pan bus arriving in Albany at 2:35 p.m. The MOCA bus will meet you and take you up to camp. For the return, please take the 1:40 p.m. bus which will get you back to Boston by 5:30 p.m. Round trip is $128. There may be a cheaper option going by Greyhound, but it involves sitting at a bus station for four hours.... Remember also to register for the MOCA bus from Albany to camp.
It looks like Alamo, Enterprise and Hertz have the cheapest rates in Albany that weekend. Expect to pay between $200 and $300 for an economy sized car, and between $250 and $300 for a Full sized car. Sharing rental cars can help offset the costs.
LOCAL CLUB OPTIONS
Some clubs (such as Maryland) are providing van service to camp. Others are helping to coordinate carpools. Please indicate on your registration form if you're interested in vanpooling or carpooling, and we'll pass your info on to your local club for follow up.