Published Sunday, Jun. 17, 2012
The train – its cars full of government officials, families, students, business people and a few tourists – leaves Oakland, rolls along the edge of San Pablo Bay, travels past wetlands and cropland and arrives in Sacramento.
During the two-hour trip, the scenery is stunning – everything from a view of Marin County's mountains across the bay to glimpses of small, isolated homes beside wetlands populated by egrets, ducks, geese and red-winged blackbirds.
If someone had told me in the 1970s, when I lived and worked in Sacramento, that a few decades hence such a passenger-filled train would exist and that it would be a national leader with its on-time performance record, I would have dismissed that person as a befuddled dreamer.
California's love affair with the automobile has been, as we all know, notorious.
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