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  Xamry14  |  10

Lol yeah. We have no taxis here so OP may live in an area without them as well. It sucks when you need a ride.

I mean we have places that call themselves taxi businesses but you have to call them to send a cab out, wait 45 minuets, and pay for their gas they used coming to you and pay for the ride to where your going. It's like 30-40 bucks minimum.

  Shade1982  |  20

@46: That depends. I don't know about Amtrak specifically, but if a train departing early unannounced causes you serious financial losses, it's time to ask for some compensation.

  PavlovsCat  |  5

Not so much with trains, but DEFINITELY busses. In Oxford it can be pretty obvious when the driver is reaching the same end of their shift.

They leave before the scheduled time, run red lights and even drive past people who have hailed the bus!

  tygerarmy  |  35

It happens in some places. It's never supposed to. With public transit in NYC the general rule is they are expected to be late, but not allowed to be early.

  SixthSinEnvy  |  39

Not in Chicago. Trains and buses are forbidden to do so. In fact, I've been on a bus where they pulled over to the curb because they were going to be early. The driver said they're allowed to be late, but they can be written up for being early.

By  PavlovsCat  |  5

I do feel very sorry for you. But think you were incredibly unwise to rely on the last train of the day -especially if it was the only option available. There are too many opportunities for failure! (Trust me, UK trains are incredibly unreliable! )

There could have been engine failure, kids playing on the track, cuows and on the line, signal failure, another train breaking down blocking the line, end of drivers shift so he wants to get a move on, people who haven't paid for a ticket so the driver won't move until they get off or pay... Just a few things that I have experienced whilst travelling. :-)