Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Joy of Amtrak



I traveled south on the Coast Stairlight Amtrak train last Thursday.



The rail line from Seattle to Los Angeles has been notoriously late and unreliable for decades...



...but on Thursday the train was actually early into the station at Oakland, which points to either serendipity or a serious improvement in service, or both.



California is subsidizing Amtrak's in-state rail and feeder bus system, which makes for low fares ($40 from Oakland to SLO).



Maybe some of those high-speed rail billions could be diverted into improving the existing infrastructure...



...which rolls beside the Monterey estuary...



...as you point out the sights to young Australian backpackers.

3 comments:

Kathleen McCormick, LCSW, MPH said...

Nice to see the train ride reviewed. I have taken the train from Oakland to Seattle and from Oakland to LA. I really enjoyed both trips. I love trains. Nice pics.

Michael Strickland said...

Dear Kathleen: Thanks for the kind words.

Hattie said...

Make me homesick for that particular California gold.