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  •  The Coast Starlight is not known as the ... (10+ / 0-)

    ... Coast Starlate for nothing ... in many parts of its route, its running on the primary freight corridor through the area, and since so much of its route is Union Pacific, its constantly being delayed by freight trains running on a "whenever we get there" schedule.

    One of the ongoing questions when it comes to HSR alignments is whether it runs along or intersects a Union Pacific alignment.

    The more BNSF track a Western Amtrak train runs on, the more likely it is to be on time, and the more UP track a Western Amtrak train runs on, the more likely it is to be late.

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    by BruceMcF on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 07:36:09 PM PDT

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    •  Is there any chance this will change? (3+ / 0-)
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      If I ride, this is my train. Seattle to SF. I rarely do anymore because of some very bad experiences waiting and waiting and being a day late for short trip.

      You would think that with GPS tracking and computer management, Union Pacific could get it together a bit more such that the Starlight would be mostly on time.

      Any chance? Or does UP just not want to?

      •  I don't think they want to. (8+ / 0-)

        It's corporate culture. UP seems to have one of they are are freight railroad and the passenger trains are a nuisance. BNSF has an attitude that passenger trains are a customer, and there job is to get a customer through ontime.

        Its also infrastructure, because long single track sections mean if you miss a chance to go through, you have to wait until the train coming the other way clears the section. But if investing in infrastructure to let passenger trains through with less delays, be wary of having UP operate that infrastructure.

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        by BruceMcF on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 10:37:03 PM PDT

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    •  Just took the train from Davis to Paso Robles... (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think the train ever hit more  than about 15 mph on the last leg into Paso.  I've taken some very slow, local trains in Europe that are faster than the Starlight.  

      My other pet peeve is that if you get on at Davis for this route, you can't bring your bike even if it's boxed.   I was heading to Paso to ride my bike for the weekend and had to find someone to drive my bike there. Ridiculous.

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      by QuarterHorseDem on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 04:33:50 PM PDT

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      •  You could probably box it (0+ / 0-)

        and drop it at Sacramento, yes? They've got full-service luggage there.

        •  Could do but it would be a pain and a bit of risk. (0+ / 0-)

          Considering I've ridden trains in both Italy and France with my bike and never had a problem, it just galls me.  

          To take my bike on the Starlight train, I would have to get on the Capital Corridor train in Davis, take it the wrong direction to Sac. then I would have about 5 min to get onto the Coastal Starlight.  These two trains don't "connect."  Not to mention the pain of putting the bike in the bike box....

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          by QuarterHorseDem on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 03:13:47 PM PDT

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