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9/11 museum to charge admission

Faced with hefty operating costs, the foundation building the 9/11 museum at the World Trade Center has decided to charge an admission fee of $20 to $25 when the site opens next year. The exact cost has not yet been decided.

Entry to the memorial plaza with its twin reflecting pools will still be free.

Airlines

Silver completes fleet upgrade

Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways last week announced that it has completed its Florida/Bahamas fleet upgrade and now flies 34-seat Saab 340Bplus aircraft exclusively on all 14 routes within the state and on its nine routes between Florida and The Bahamas. The new Saabs replace smaller 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft. www.GoSilver.com.

Frontier adds a fee — with an out

Frontier Airlines announced that this summer it will become the third U.S. airline to charge passengers a fee to bring carry-on bags into the cabin. Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air already impose a carry-on fee.

But Frontier added a twist to its charge. Passengers can avoid the fee ($25 in advance, $100 at the gate) by booking the flight directly through the airline, at FlyFrontier.com. (There is also no charge if the bag fits under the seat.)

By directing fliers to book with FlyFrontier.com, the airline avoids the booking fees it pays when passengers buy tickets through travel websites such as Expedia or Orbitz.

“I suspect we will see other airlines study this move and perhaps copy it in the future,” said George Hobica, founder of the consumer website Airfarewatchdog. “This is an effective way to force consumers to book directly with the airline.”

Frontier will also begin to charge $1.99 for coffee, tea, soda and juice. But passengers will get a full can of soda or juice and the coffee will come with free refills.

New York

Bike-share program in the works

New York City, with its constant hum of subways, buses, cabs and ferries, has long had one glaring exception to its many transportation options: bicycles for the masses. But bike sharing is finally coming to the Big Apple, which could help the city overcome its reputation as a commuter obstacle course of speeding cabbies, horn-honking drivers and sharp-elbowed pedestrians who treat crossing signals as a mere suggestion.

City officials say the nation’s largest bike-sharing system will begin sometime this month with 6,000 bikes at 330 stations in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, with plans to expand eventually to 10,000 bikes and 600 docking stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

National Parks

Mount Rainier’s open for business

Mount Rainier National Park’s Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise was scheduled to begin daily operations this weekend. The visitor center is open only on weekends during the off-season, typically from October through May. More than a million people visit the Washington State park every year, and many of them head to Paradise, on the south side of the 14,410-foot volcano.

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