A-66038, OCTOBER 22, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 324

A-66038: Oct 22, 1935

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IS AUTHORIZED ONLY WHEN THE COST THEREOF TO THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT EXCEED THE COST BY RAIL. WHERE THE TRAVEL IS SUCH THAT PULLMAN CHARGES WOULD HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED. AS FOLLOWS: THIS OFFICE IS IN RECEIPT OF INFORMATION INDICATING THAT PULLMAN SERVICE IS NO LONGER BEING FURNISHED IN CONNECTION WITH TRAINS OPERATING BETWEEN ST. IS DELAYING GOVERNMENT BUSINESS SINCE EMPLOYEES ARE PERFORMING THEIR TRAVEL DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS. YOUR ADVICE IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER AIRPLANE TRAVEL. SINCE THE SITUATION OCCASIONED BY WITHDRAWAL OF THE PULLMAN CARS FROM SERVICE IS NOW ACUTE. YOUR ADVICE IN THIS MATTER WILL BE APPRECIATED. INDICATES THAT THERE IS NO NIGHT PULLMAN SERVICE BETWEEN ST.

A-66038, OCTOBER 22, 1935, 15 COMP. GEN. 324

TRANSPORTATION - GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES - USE OF AIRPLANES THE USE OF AIRPLANES FOR OFFICIAL TRANSPORTATION, IN CASES OTHER THAN EMERGENCY OR EXIGENCY FROM THE GOVERNMENT STANDPOINT, IS AUTHORIZED ONLY WHEN THE COST THEREOF TO THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT EXCEED THE COST BY RAIL, PLUS PULLMAN, WHERE THE TRAVEL IS SUCH THAT PULLMAN CHARGES WOULD HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE ADMINISTRATOR, WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION, OCTOBER 22, 935:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 1, 1935, AS FOLLOWS:

THIS OFFICE IS IN RECEIPT OF INFORMATION INDICATING THAT PULLMAN SERVICE IS NO LONGER BEING FURNISHED IN CONNECTION WITH TRAINS OPERATING BETWEEN ST. PAUL, MINN., PIERRE, S. DAK., BISMARK, N. DAK., AND DES MOINES, IOWA.

THE SITUATION ABOVE MENTIONED HAS BECOME THE SOURCE OF CONSIDERABLE PERSONAL INCONVENIENCE FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, THE NATURE OF WHOSE DUTIES REQUIRE INTERMITTENT TRAVEL BETWEEN THESE POINTS, AND IS DELAYING GOVERNMENT BUSINESS SINCE EMPLOYEES ARE PERFORMING THEIR TRAVEL DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS.

YOUR ADVICE IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER AIRPLANE TRAVEL, AT A RATE NOT TO EXCEED THE COST OF RAIL PLUS PULLMAN, MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR W.P.A. AND F.E.R.A. EMPLOYEES IN THAT REGION.

SINCE THE SITUATION OCCASIONED BY WITHDRAWAL OF THE PULLMAN CARS FROM SERVICE IS NOW ACUTE, YOUR ADVICE IN THIS MATTER WILL BE APPRECIATED.

AN EXAMINATION OF THE OFFICIAL RAILROAD GUIDE FOR SEPTEMBER 1935, INDICATES THAT THERE IS NO NIGHT PULLMAN SERVICE BETWEEN ST. PAUL, MINN., AND PIERRE, S. DAK.; THAT BETWEEN ST. PAUL AND BISMARCK, N. DAK., ONE THROUGH TOURIST SLEEPER IS OPERATED, LEAVING ST. PAUL AT 10:40 P.M., ARRIVING AT BISMARCK AT 12:07 NOON. ON THE RETURN, THE TRAIN LEAVES BISMARCK 5:33 P.M., ARRIVES AT ST. PAUL 7:45 A.M. THERE IS ONE DAY TRAIN OPERATED IN EACH DIRECTION WITH PARLOR-CAR ACCOMMODATIONS.

BETWEEN ST. PAUL AND DES MOINES THERE ARE 2 NIGHT TRAINS CARRYING STANDARD SLEEPER ACCOMMODATIONS; 1 ON THE C.G.W. LEAVING ST. PAUL AT 10:50 P.M., ARRIVING AT DES MOINES AT 7 A.M., AND 1 ON THE C.R.I. AND P. LEAVING ST. PAUL AT 11:20 P.M., ARRIVING AT DES MOINES 7:10 A.M. THIS SAME SERVICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE RETURN JOURNEY AS TWO LATE NIGHT TRAINS LEAVE DES MOINES, WITH EARLY MORNING ARRIVAL AT ST. PAUL. TWO DAY TRAINS BETWEEN THESE POINTS ARE ALSO OPERATED IN EACH DIRECTION.

HOWEVER, THE USE OF AIRPLANES FOR OFFICIAL TRANSPORTATION IS AUTHORIZED WHEN THE COST THEREOF TO THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT EXCEED THE COST BY RAIL PLUS PULLMAN WHERE THE TRAVEL IS SUCH THAT PULLMAN CHARGES WOULD HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED. TRAVEL BY AIRPLANES AT A COST IN EXCESS OF THE COST BY RAIL PLUS PULLMAN IS NOT AUTHORIZED, EXCEPT IN CASE OF EMERGENCY OR EXIGENCIES FROM THE GOVERNMENT STANDPOINT MAKING THE USE OF THE MORE EXPENSIVE FORM OF TRANSPORTATION NECESSARY. SEE PARAGRAPH 8 OF STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.