National Train Day… in L.A.?

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Leave your car at home and take the train this weekend, as Metro unveils its brand new city-wide subway system!

Just kidding. L.A. does not have the money nor the political brains for that.

May 10th is National Train Day. Amtrak wants to teach you some history about riding the rails in America. You know, traveling like your grandparents did. If you’re looking to get out of town for the weekend, they’re running specials for trips out of Los Angeles. Specifically, 25% off coach fare on three California routes—including Pacific Surfliner trains between San Diego, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo—for travel on Saturday only.

Fun Facts:

  • When Amtrak was created by Congress in 1970 to take over passenger rail services, it eliminated over half of the passenger routes operated by the freight railroad companies.
  • Out of the 25 busiest Amtrak stations in 2006, L.A. ranked number 5.
  • The Acela Express is the fastest train in North America, operating a speeds up 150mph. It runs from Boston to New Haven.
  • The official spokesman for national Train Day is Al Roker. Because weather and trains go together.

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3 Replies to “National Train Day… in L.A.?”

  1. We just rode the Coast Starlight from San Jose to Union Station and really enjoyed it. Granted we were coming back from a funeral and so taking it slow was really what we wanted. It was a gorgeous day, the seats were comfy (we got a roomette and it was cheaper than 2 last minute tickets on Southwest plus meals!) and it was a great relaxing way to return to “real life.”

  2. The Amtrak would be more practical if it didn’t have to yield right of way to frieght trains. It once took me 24 hours to get from Portland to San Francisco, and the friend I was travelling with commented that she had just been in Vietnam and Thailand and the trains were much more reliable. It’s a real pity we don’t have a more functional train system, because it’s so much more enjoyable than flying…

  3. A friend took Amtrak roundtrip from LA to SF a few weeks ago and told me this: Two and a half hours late getting to SF. Four and a half hours late getting back to LA.

    Buyer beware.

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