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#1 Rail Freak

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 01:43 PM

Being from Florida, combined with the CL & LSL Diner changes, I'm looking for the best flight connection(from Tampa) to an Amtrak connection for trips out West! In my mind, Denver,LAX,PDX or SEA fits nicely. Any suggestions?


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 01:48 PM

Why not Chicago?

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 01:56 PM

Why not Chicago?

How easy is it to get from airport & station? Never did it. Also I have walking issues more than 200 feet (circulation)!


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 02:01 PM

Why not Chicago?

How easy is it to get from airport & station? Never did it. Also I have walking issues more than 200 feet (circulation)!

I was thinking Midway, Southwest flies in there.

I have seen in another thread the way to get to Union Station from there
I’m sure someone will explain the route.
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 02:04 PM

Sorry, I'm confused by the question. Are you asking where the easiest connection is to get from a flight to an Amtrak train west? If so, do you want to take the train end-to-end? If that's what you're asking then Chicago and New Orleans are the only options, period.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 02:07 PM

I've done the CL, LSL & Card so many times the scenery isn't exciting anymore & with the Dinning changes, I've decided to fly to save money or points!


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 02:10 PM

I've done the CL, LSL & Card so many times the scenery isn't exciting anymore & with the Dinning changes, I've decided to fly to save money or points!

So are you asking what the ideal station/airport is to connect to a western train?


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 02:13 PM

Sorry, I'm confused by the question. Are you asking where the easiest connection is to get from a flight to an Amtrak train west? If so, do you want to take the train end-to-end? If that's what you're asking then Chicago and New Orleans are the only options, period.

I've done the NOL airport/station connection & found it to be a long cab ride. I forgot to mention ABQ, but  it's a nice connection where a hotel isn't necessary!


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 02:13 PM

 

I've done the CL, LSL & Card so many times the scenery isn't exciting anymore & with the Dinning changes, I've decided to fly to save money or points!

So are you asking what the ideal station/airport is to connect to a western train?

 

Yes, Thanx!


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 02:15 PM

 

 

I've done the CL, LSL & Card so many times the scenery isn't exciting anymore & with the Dinning changes, I've decided to fly to save money or points!

So are you asking what the ideal station/airport is to connect to a western train?

 

Yes, Thanx!

 

And you want to take the train end to end or close to it?


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 02:19 PM

 

 

 

I've done the CL, LSL & Card so many times the scenery isn't exciting anymore & with the Dinning changes, I've decided to fly to save money or points!

So are you asking what the ideal station/airport is to connect to a western train?

 

Yes, Thanx!

 

And you want to take the train end to end or close to it?

 

Haven't got that far yet,LOL! 

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 02:22 PM

Well, Chicago (either O’Hare or Midway) you can take CTA, but they stop a few blocks from Union Station. in LA, you can get the Flyaway bus right at your airline’s terminal at the airport and it goes right to Union Station.

In Denver, you board right at the airport and the line ends at Union Station. In Portland, you can board the Red Line right at the airport and transfer to the Green Line which stops less than 1 block away from Union Station. St Louis has a line that begins at the airport and goes right to the station. I “think” TRE has a line from DFW to both Dallas and Ft Worth stations. (I could be wrong.)

Burbank has the train station literally across the street from the airport. Milwaukee has a station at the airport served by the Hiawatha and METRA.
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 02:51 PM

San Diego's airport is very close to the Amtrak station. It wouldn't be an expensive Uber, but a public bus runs for $2 and takes like 15 minutes tops.

Seattle also has a light rail from the airport to downtown, right across from King Street Station. I've used that and it's very convenient.

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 03:03 PM

San Diego's airport is very close to the Amtrak station. It wouldn't be an expensive Uber, but a public bus runs for $2 and takes like 15 minutes tops.

Seattle also has a light rail from the airport to downtown, right across from King Street Station. I've used that and it's very convenient.

Though it is a looong walk through an obscure parking structure from the LRT Airport station to the Airport terminal.

 

In Los Angeles there is the Flyer Bus connection from LAX Terminal buildings to LAUS. Very convenient.

 

In Portland from the airport Red and then Yellow/Green LRT to Union Station.

 

In Denver Union Station to Denver International on the A line. Very convenient.

 

Salt Lake City Amtrak Station to Airport on LRT involving one change as I seem to recall - Blue to Green TRAX.



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Posted 08 May 2018 - 03:16 PM

Burbank is the best airport/rail connection out here, IMHO. As mentioned, the Flyaway bus at LAX is very convenient, too.

 

In the Bay Area, Oakland airport has a BART extension that takes you to the Coliseum BART station. From there, you can walk to the Coliseum Capitol Corridor station, or take BART to downtown Oakland. It's a bit of a hike, though, to Jack London Square. Or you can take BART to the Richmond station, and connect to the Zephyr, Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins (no connection at Richmond for the Starlight, though).

 

San Francisco airport has a BART station, and you can do the same – go to Oakland or Richmond. Or take BART (either via San Bruno or direct) to Millbrae, connect to Caltrain, and hook up with the Starlight or Capitol Corridor in San Jose.

 

Getting from San Jose airport to the train involves a bus to Caltrain or light rail. Or just take an Uber, it usually costs me about $10.

 

Sacramento airport isn't convenient to the train station, the couple of times I've done it, it's cost me $20-$30 on an Uber.

 

San Diego airport is very close to downtown and there's good city bus connections to the station. Haven't tried an Uber there, but I'd guess it would be similar to San Jose.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 03:18 PM

I have walking issues more than 200 feet (circulation)!


I've connected through LAX, PDX, SEA, ORD, MDW, and SAN with every pair mentioned exceeding your walking limit at some point in the chain.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 03:29 PM

DA is right. I was wondering, with a 200' walking limitation, how do you even get from the gate to the terminal exit at any of these airports? i suppose you can get them to cart you over some of the way on those Club Carts. But then what?

 

Oddly enough at LAX if you can get to just outside the terminal you can probably get on the bus. But then there is the daunting walk at Union Station to deal with too.



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Posted 08 May 2018 - 03:41 PM

Milwaukee has a station at the airport served by the Hiawatha and METRA.


Metra doesnt go anywhere near Milwaukee (airport or otherwise).
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 03:46 PM

In addition to thr cities already mentioned, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis/St. Paul airports can be reached via light rail with one connection.
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 04:11 PM

DA is right. I was wondering, with a 200' walking limitation, how do you even get from the gate to the terminal exit at any of these airports?  

I get a sky Cab (wheel chair assistance), I find Denver,Houston,PDX,ELP & even ABQ airports a little challenging!!!

Atlanta & Reagan,even as a young man, have always been challenging!!!


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