I've spent most of my life in the Midwest and on the East Coast--where taking the train was, for me, a fairly normal occurence. From Ann Arbor to Chicago, from D.C. to New York or Boston, the train was the best, least expensive, and easiest way to get around. However, though born and newly returned to living on the West Coast, I'd never ever been in (or near) a train here--it never seemed practical. The flight to San Francisco is barely an hour and the price rarely is too much above $100.
But . . .
Getting in and out of the airlines at both ends is more difficult than ever, the traffic at LAX sometimes suspends belief, and the flight itself is not very comfortable, with delays more usu...Read More