Pomona — A Grand Transit Hub for the Nation

Did you know that Pomona has an Amtrak station? Yes friends, it is true! I got curious today and thought I’d look up and post some about the passenger trains that depart and arrive from downtown Pomona.

Two routes have stops in downtown Pomona, the Texas Eagle whose final destination is Chicago, and the Sunset Limited whose final destination is New Orleans. When the train arrives in San Antonio, it sounds like the cars are switched around to take you wherever your final destination is.

Pomona’s train station.

Directly from Downtown Pomona to St. Louis or Chicago, one way, the lowest rates appeared to be $142. To New Orleans $138. To Austin or San Antonio $136. To Tucson $39. To Palm Springs $32.

Yes, friends, have no fear that the blues club is now Lake Pomona, or having to drive all the way to Downtown Disney to go to the Blues Club there – you can walk to downtown Pomona and for a mere $138 and a couple of days of travel be in the sheik city of New Orleans enjoying the blues played there. For a mere $136 and a couple of days of travel, you can enjoy the simply amazing Riverwalk of beautiful downtown San Antonio, Texas. Or for a mere $39 and a half day of travel, you can enjoy the sultry cultural city of Tucson as a wonderful winter get-away. The possibilities are limitless!

Hunting around, I found two interesting articles about these routes, one called, “Out and About in St. Louis, Missouri: Enjoying a Train Ride to a Great City by the Great River” and “Family of Strangers on the Sunset Limited.”

Shortly after 9-11, as the airport security nationally ramped up a ton, and after finding that getting to and from the Ontario airport was just not very public transit friendly, I stopped taking the plane and have only traveled by train for the past maybe eight years now. For those of you unfamiliar with the train, unlike taking a plane or visiting the local teleport station, you are not traversing the landscape very rapidly, so when you ride the train, bring stuff to do; you will eventually grow tired of looking out the window for hours on end.

If you are traveling to say Chicago, it will take you approximately four and a half days to get there, so bring your laptop to do work on, your peapod for music or whatever else you use it for, playing cards, a couple of fun books to read, and if you’re on a budget, pack lots of food, so you won’t have to eat in the dining car all that often! Taking the train is very much about enjoying the journey.

Yes, Craigslist rideshare is growing increasingly popular, I have utilized it myself on several occasions for simple, low-cost travel, but the train offers a wonderfulness that you can’t get from riding in a car. You meet so many amazing new people, see sites and landscapes in a manner unique in and of itself, and travel in an air of grandness and wonderment like none other. And taking the train at night is actually one of my most favorite things, pulling into stations in the dead of the night, who knows where, climbing and twisting through the mountains, awaking in the darkness to stare out like it was a dream into the passing silhouettes all around me, or waking ever so barely at dawn to the subdued roaring of the train like a bullet across the desert.

It’s quite amazing the train, and we have a train station sitting, waiting, in our very midst. There is no ticket office downtown, so you have to book ahead of time and have the tickets mailed to you, or you could even just get on the train and purchase them once you’re onboard, though I believe that it costs a little more to do that. Get your tickets at: www.amtrak.com!

And just so you’ll have a little better idea about the trains and their departure and arrival times I put together this quite simple table below, included with several destinations!

Texas Eagle & Sunset Limited
Leaving Pomona Arriving in Pomona
3:41 p.m. Sun, Wed, Fri Pomona Sun, Wed, Fri 6:56 a.m.
5:35 p.m. Sun, Wed, Fri Palm Springs Sun, Wed, Fri 4:54 a.m.
12:26 p.m. Mon, Thr, Sat Tucson Sat, Tue, Thr 9:40 p.m.
9:50 p.m. Mon, Thr, Sat San Antonio Fri, Mon, Wed 9:55 p.m.
Texas Eagle
9:31 a.m. Tue, Fri, Sun Austin Fri, Mon, Wed 6:30 p.m.
7:19 a.m. Wed, Sat, Mon St. Louis Thr, Sun, Tue 6:22 p.m.
1:52 p.m. Wed, Sat, Mon Chicago Thr, Sun, Tue 1:45 p.m.
Sunset Limited
2:55 p.m. Tue, Fri, Sun New Orleans Fri, Mon, Wed 11:55 a.m.

So, every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 3:41 p.m., just a short walk from your doorstep, from right in downtown Pomona, you can catch the train DIRECTLY to glamorous locales all across the nation, DIRECTLY to New Orleans! or Chicago! and to so many points all in between!!!! Pomona — a grand transit hub for the nation!!!! :)

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