February 17, 2007
Re "Bullet trains won't get us anywhere," Current, Feb. 11 James Moore seems to love air travel and disdain train travel. He also disparages the safety of train travel, yet it surely is safer than travel by car and is probably safer than travel by air. Perhaps most important, his analysis never mentions that planes must be fueled by oil, inevitably adding carbon to Earth's atmosphere. In contrast, trains can run on electricity, which can be generated by solar and wind power. Indeed, in California, such power can be generated in close proximity to a San Francisco-to-Los Angeles railway right of way. Or one from L.A. to Las Vegas.
August 12, 1990 |
Getting to Denali by train: Princess Tours and Westours/Gray Line offer a number of packages for travel between Anchorage and Fairbanks, with a stop at Denali. Packages can include train travel, accommodations and various tours of the park. Prices range from $299 to $689, depending on type of lodging, activities and length of stay. Travelers can also ride the train straight through, without stopping at Denali, for $149 on Princess or $140 on Westours. Contact Princess Tours, P.O.
July 29, 1989 |
Trains and buses are not nearly as accommodating as planes to children traveling alone. Amtrak has seen the same increase in the numbers of unaccompanied children passengers but has much tighter rules than the airlines: Unaccompanied children must be 8 or over. Children under 12 cannot travel alone on an overnight train, nor can they travel on a train scheduled to arrive at its destination after 8 p.m. Unaccompanied children must travel to a staffed station.
February 3, 2013
EUROPE Presentation Distant Lands' rail agent Susan Hickman will discuss the ins and outs of train travel in Europe, including trip planning and choosing individual tickets or rail passes. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. WILDLIFE Slide show Wolf Haven International will present "Journey's Journey," a look at OR-7, a.k.a. Journey, the first documented wild wolf in California in more than 88 years, and discuss the importance of wolves as a keystone species in an ecosystem.
September 16, 2012
EUROPE Presentation Distant Lands rail agent Susan Hickman will discuss the ins and outs of train travel in Europe, including planning your itinerary and buying a ticket or rail pass. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena Admission, info: Free; RSVP to (626) 449-3220 HIKING Presentation Craig Carey, author of the new book "Hiking and Backpacking in Santa Barbara and Ventura," will discuss destinations in the Los Padres National Forest.
January 25, 1998
A new 30-day North America Rail Pass, allowing unlimited train travel in the U.S. and Canada, goes on sale Tuesday for the first time. Offered by Amtrak and Via Rail Canada, it costs $450 through May 31, the off-peak season; from June 1 to Oct. 15, it will cost $645. The pass covers coach/economy class only; sleepers are not included. The itinerary must be specified when buying the pass--unlike similar European passes--although changes can be made en route without an extra charge.
October 19, 2012 |
What can you see in Italy in a week? Plenty, and you won't have to pay a fortune either. Virgin Vacations offers an eight-day rail package (without airfare) that starts at $469 a person. The deal: The trip price is based on double occupancy. It features two nights each in Venice, Florence and Rome where you can set your own sightseeing pace or pay for a night or daytime tour. Participants take the train from city to city via passes included in the package. It starts in Venice and ends in Rome; you can make your own flight arrangements or ask for a quote from Virgin Vacations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 |
Commuters were rushing by. An update blared on a loudspeaker. An agitated young woman shouted a name again and again. At 5:30 p.m. on a weekday, in Union Station's main concourse, strangers arranged themselves shoulder to shoulder in a circle. They had come for a free tour of public art in three downtown subway stations. They had just been asked to raise their hands if they had taken Metro trains before. Then artist Alex Amerri, one of the tour leaders, had smiled and said, "OK, so we have some people who are inexperienced.