Freeway traffic is more congested than ever making it nearly impossible to travel on the 405 and 5 freeways in Los Angeles. Why not use the Metrolink or Amtrack as an alternate form of transportation? It is easy and it relieves freeway congestion and pollution. Have you ever taken the Metrolink or Amtrack? If you haven't tried California's transit system, it is not too late to try. All aboard with Jack Nealy from Los Angeles!
That is why I am exploring alternative transportation to the airport. Jack Nealy is the conductor of the Antelope Valley line which begins in Lancaster and to the final destination of Los Angeles. "C'mon N'Ride It" with us and then learn about the differences and similarities between Amtrack and Metrolink. Jack has a great voice and announces every stop with clarity, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to train 209 to Los Angeles. Please stand clear, the doors are closing." The Conductors for Amtrack have those pill box hatted conductors scan your tickets. They are not as entertaining as Jack, but no change of trains is required. Jack from Metrolink is far more colorful in his demeanor than other conductors .
Amtrack is more for the long haulers (i.e. vacationers). The Los Angeles based Metrolink has lines ending with LA Union Station are as follows: Antelope Valley, Inland Empire-Orange County, Orange County, Riversie, San Bernardino, Ventura, and 91 (Riverside-Fullerton-LA). Amtrack begins in San DIego and goes north to Sacramento making incremental stops at most cities (largest stations are Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, Oakland, and Sacramento). Both lines use Los Angeles Union Station as a major hub.
Most of the train parking lots are free and large. The Amtrack ad Metrolink lines share tracks, not trains or schedules. The indoor offices/lounges are actually used for Amtrack. Metrolink attracks more of the transit crowd (i.e. workers). The Metrolink train is usually congested at Burbank near the Bob Hope Airport. The Amtrack seems to be most crowded going north to Sacramento. The best part of train transportation is the fact that the driving is left to someone else and for the most part it is safe and secure.
"C'mon N'Ride It" with us. Sit back and take out your kindle or tablet. You'll enjoy the ride. I promise.