BY: Maria Valencia
A luxury overnight train between Los Angeles and San Francisco could be introduced soon.
Dreamstar Lines, a California-based company, has developed the passenger train idea, which could be on the market as early as this year. According to the company, passengers would travel between the two cities in California “overnight by hotel train.”
To make the train a reality, Dreamstar still needs to obtain the necessary agreements. But if all goes according to plan, this would be the first overnight train to run on the route in decades, according to SFGate reported.
“We’re a different kind of service than high-speed rail,” Dreamstar founder and advisor Tom Eastmond told SFGate. “Halfway between transportation and hotel.”
The departure time for passengers would be about 10 p.m. with an estimated arrival time at the destination of 8:30 a.m. the next morning. The train has advanced technologies such as electronic ticketing and an application that allows passengers to order food and other services.
The train will have five to six sleeping cars. There will be no separate dining car, but there will be a lounge where customers can order food and drinks. According to Dreamstar, tickets will cost about $300 for a sleeping car for one person, $600 for a sleeping car for two people and $1,000 for a premium room.
Dreamline’s train will operate along the same route as Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, which runs from Seattle to Los Angeles in roughly 35 hours, the railroad company noted. If Dreamline receives approval, the train will also stop at existing stations along the route, such as Santa Barbara, San Jose, and San Luis Obispo.
In addition to taking the train, many people choose to drive the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Francisco because there are many places to stop. Alternatively, you can take a flight on one of the many airlines that serve the route, which takes about 1.5 hours.
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