|Subject: Train travel in the U.S.|
Joel mentioned that Amtrak trains are notoriously late. While you mentioned that the Long Island trains run hourly, I think the concern is this - Amtrak can be HOURS late - I've had a two hour journey arrive 4 hours late! Freight lines own the tracks in the U.S., so the freight trains take priorty on any track. So, if you are arriving late at Penn Station - make sure the Long Island trains don't stop running at 10 PM or midnight - you might have to spend the night in NYC.
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