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Caltrain punctuality question

Postby Tadman » Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:57 pm

I'm booked on the Starlight out of SJC to LA in a few Sundays. It has a 9:55a-10:07a layover in SJC. Caltrain's first train of the day is scheduled to arrive SJC at 9:51a, 16 minutes ahead of Amtrak 11's departure.

How much can I trust Caltrain to make this connection work? It's a 16 minute connection contingent on a Sunday AM commuter train, which is probably half-empty, so it sounds good, but if Caltrain has a hard time keeping this schedule, I'll get a taxi. Thoughts?
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Re: Caltrain punctuality question

Postby kaitoku » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:18 pm

Caltrain should be alright, barring a grade crossing accident or the like. It's the Starlight I'd be concerned about. The southbound run can be very late. You won't miss the train, but you may have a long wait at San Jose Diridon.
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Re: Caltrain punctuality question

Postby Fan Railer » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:48 pm

Well, I will say that from my two week experience with the system during my recent (last 3 weeks) visit, Caltrain weekday service is more reliable than its weekend service. Weekend service averages around 15-20 minutes late consistently. Weekdays are, I would say, 80% on time.
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Re: Caltrain punctuality question

Postby ExCon90 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:07 pm

Maybe your best bet would be to call Julie before breakfast and see how the Starlight is doing.
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Re: Caltrain punctuality question

Postby Tadman » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:54 pm

I like the way you're thinking. Too bad Julie has massive ADD...
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Re: Caltrain punctuality question

Postby diburning » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:52 am

Julie needs a hearing aid. She can't understand what you're saying.
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Re: Caltrain punctuality question

Postby Patrick Boylan » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:09 am

What's especially frustrating is when she can't hear things that you could better do punching numbers. "Say yes or no" usually will accept pressing telephone numbers 1 or 2, but many times like this Julie doesn't respond properly to either voice or touchpad.

In her defense, there are other robots besides Julie who also have hearing problems.
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Re: Caltrain punctuality question

Postby ExCon90 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:30 pm

. . . so it isn't just me. I was sure I've been speaking distinctly.
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