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  1. trainman74

    #1 LAX Arrival

    Heh, that's a lot of padding coming into L.A. If it was running on time (I know, a big if), its actual arrival time could have been more like 9:00.
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    California Trains?

    I didn't pick King of Prussia as my comparison randomly! (It's the home of a huge mall.) But maybe I should have used Conshohocken, where there is an IKEA.
  3. In fact, the conductors will strongly urge people who are able to climb stairs (which it sounds like the original poster is) to sit on the upper level, due to the lower-level seating being a much more limited quantity.
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    California Trains?

    I assure you, people in the Bay Area can find Emeryville just as easily as people in the Philadelphia area can find, say, King of Prussia.
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    Who's Flown Icelandic?

    I've gotten an automatic refund from United for being downgraded from Economy Plus to regular economy.
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    Cafe on the Star gets 5 stars

    Pretty sure they can figure out who deserves the praise based on the train number and date -- I wouldn't let "didn't get the name" stop you from sending a compliment in for him.
  7. There are a few full-service restaurants within a few blocks, but nothing right at the Old Town transit center.
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    TPS Tour 2019

    Hopefully you won't end up staying at all the Hilton brands!
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    Mini-Marts Near Tampa Station

    Between Steinbrenner Field and Union Station, probably the easiest place to stop for snacks and drinks would be the 7-Eleven at Dale Mabry and Spruce. If you want a more substantial selection, there's a Walmart a couple blocks down, closer to I-275 (although it's on the "wrong" side of the street and would probably take quite a bit longer to stop than the 7-Eleven).
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    City of New Orleans Hits a Tree

    This is an excellent story. Thanks for sharing!
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    Why do they call them "motors?"

    Los Angeles has a street called Motor Avenue, which Waze sometimes routes me on during my commute. I looked for info on the origin of the name, but didn't find anything definitive -- streetcars seems to be the obvious answer, and the Pacific Electric Railway's Palms Depot was located near the intersection of Motor and National Blvd., but the tracks ran along National. (The Expo Line is now on that right-of-way, and its modern-day Palms station is a bit further east, at National and Palms Blvd.)
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    AGR numbers and kids

    Note that if you do decide to enroll him, it's against the terms of service to enroll people under 13 online, so you'll have to call the Guest Rewards phone number (1-800-307-5000) to do it.
  13. Unfortunately, I'm not very familiar with that area (it's about a 12-mile drive from where I live). I just took a peek at Yelp, and nothing is really jumping out at me.
  14. Another data point: I have only the Platinum version, and I did get bonus points.
  15. For the record, the Metropolitan Lounge in L.A. is the permanent lounge location.
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    Toys For Tots Train Sees Hope

    Like this? This is the official design from the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
  17. Around what intersection on Roscoe? (Pretty much any bar, or restaurant with a TV, will have the Rose Bowl game on.)
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    Los Angeles

    Here's a good list of L.A. breakfast places, although some of them don't have very good public transit options. The previously mentioned Original Pantry, and Russell's in Pasadena (which is near the Gold Line) are definitely transit-friendly -- if something else looks good to you, we can try to help you get there.
  19. The Budweiser brewery in Newark couldn't resist.
  20. More like this shape (this is the actual Sugar Loaf that gave its name to the station):
  21. I've had my checked luggage take an earlier flight than me on United several times (they even have an automated email when this happens, to tell you to go to the baggage service office). I think the key is that the passenger has no advance knowledge that the luggage is going to be sent early.
  22. Most jurisdictions do require escalators to be periodically inspected in the same manner as elevators, although few require an inspection certificate be posted on the escalator.
  23. If you don't end up going all the way to Catalina, there are other whale-watching options. I've been on one of this company's 2-hour whale-watching cruises, which are out of Newport Beach. We didn't see any whales, but there were other things to look at, particularly dolphins that followed the boat for quite a while.
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    TE/SL: Which Direction?

    I love that first picture, with the Union Station platforms in the middle distance. It's just too bad you don't really get any of the downtown L.A. skyline from that angle.
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    Fullerton Long Term Parking

    Long-term parking is on the top floor of the parking structure west of the train station (labeled as "SOCO Structure" on this official city of Fullerton map). You'll need to get a permit from the ticket agent at the station.