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Outlander  ·  2620 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Washington Derailed Amtrak

I recently tried to take the Amtrack from Austin to Dallas, departing at 9:31am. At 9:29am, in the waiting area, I received an automated phone call telling me that my train would be late. I asked the young man at the ticket booth how long the delay would be and he said that our train would be pulling into the station at noon at the earliest.

How do trains get delayed over 2.5 hours? It doesn't make sense to me, there's no traffic on the tracks.

I was really excited to ride the train, but I ended up catching a ride with a friend who happened to be heading north that morning so I wouldn't be late. Hopefully I'll get a chance to ride in the future, but I'm not going to count on it being on time.