You’ll really get lost on the way to this terminal

Posted on July 21st, 2009 – 9:40 AM
By Roadguy

It’s official: Highway signs around MSP will be changed to say Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (story here). One of the things I was told during the debate was that the federal government has rules about how many words or characters can be on an official sign on a freeway. With that in mind, check out this sign I saw yesterday in Illinois, where there are apparently no limits on words, pseudo-italic fonts or parentheses:

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My favorite sign, however, was the one below. If travelers find it confusing to have two terminals three miles apart (as MSP does), their heads must really spin when they drive past an airport that has “Chicago” in its name but is 80 miles from Chicago:

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The major airlines stopped serving Rockford years ago — I recall that one offered connecting service from O’Hare by bus. So I feel bad that the place needs to drum up business. But putting “Chicago” in the name doesn’t change the fact that Rockford is closer to Madison than it is to the Windy City — or the fact that the airport code is RFD.

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