The present 'Coast Starlight' timetable has its advantages, especially with the 'tourist friendly' departure times from Los Angeles Union Station and Seattle King Street.
However, the late arrivals in both (compounded by unpunctuality fairly often) are relatively unattractive.
Perhaps commuter trains such as the 'Sounders' around Seattle and Metrolink around Los Angeles are a hindrance, but wouldn't it be sensible to bring forward each departure by an hour?
Northbound, as well as hopefully enabling an earlier Seattle arrival, it would also mean a more passenger-friendly arrival and departure time from the major intermediate stop of Sacramento.
Of course it may make connections from San Diego northbound challenging.
What do others think (I'm only a foreigner, but one who has travelled extensively by rail worldwide)? As Amtrak's most popular LD train (average patronage each way of about 620 passengers, though not all aboard at once), it deserves the best possible timetable.
Edited by unitedstatesfan, 11 August 2016 - 11:31 PM.