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I’m Been Sitting on the Railroad

I’m Been Sitting on the Railroad

How does a long-distance/overnight train account for the change to and from Daylight Savings Time? Well:

“Amtrak operates according to prevailing local time, either standard time or daylight saving time. At the spring time change (second Sunday in March), Amtrak trains travelling overnight will become one hour late and will attempt to make up the time. At the fall time change (first Sunday in November), Amtrak trains travelling overnight will normally hold at the next station after the time change then depart on time. Arizona does not observe daylight saving time. Please observe footnotes in schedules for trains serving Arizona to determine your departure or arrival time.”

Now, I don’t know how a train “makes up the lost hour” on the tracks, unless there’s some shortcut they don’t usually take! And as for today, they will actually wait around for an hour until the clocks and their schedules mesh once again! We can mine rocks on asteroids, but we can’t adjust train schedules.

Are you waiting around for the time to catch up to you, or are you out there leading the pack? I’ve never had a problem being somewhere first and, not being tied to tracks, I do know how to take shortcuts to make up for lost time.

If you live in Arizona, you may disregard this message.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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