Best way to visit AhnuldAnd safely down a beer at 80 mph

Amtrak

If you’re pissed off at the Man, you could take your protestations straight to Sacramento. You don’t even have to drive. The diesel locomotive, a transportation choice eschewed by auto-addicted Americans, isn’t just for hobos and denizens of other continents. A host of people from the East Bay and beyond ride the rails instead of the roads, allowing them to read, knit, or sleep while they travel. (California law prohibits performing these activities while operating a car.) The intelligentsia bring laptops and books, for Amtrak trains have electricity and ample table space. Families bring games. Trains even have cafe cars, which serve beer, wine, and those miniature bottles of liquor. Where else can you unwind with a whiskey on the rocks while hurtling along at 80 mph? There’s food, too, if you’re so inclined, but unlike movie theaters, Amtrak doesn’t mind if you brown-bag it. Amtrak is integrated with other forms of transportation: Most stations have free auto parking. The Richmond station is also a BART stop. Many riders bring their bicycles; a train typically has more rack space than a block of Shattuck Avenue. The Capitol Corridor line runs from Jack London Square to downtown Sacramento, stopping along the way in Emeryville, Berkeley, Richmond, Martinez, Suisun-Fairfield, and Davis. A one-way ticket from Emeryville to Davis costs $14, but the cost drops to $9.10 if you buy ten at once.

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