I have been doing this for a while, traveling between my summer home/business location in Reno, NV. and winter hangout in Tucson, AZ. Connections between the CA Zypher and Sunset Limited are pretty good as CA held onto their rail system and are expanding it. I can also travel to one of my main work areas (Sante Fe) on the SW Chief. Depending on the time of day, I either go by coach or 1st Class (LA to Tucson is a night run so I grab a compartment, but the coaches are not bad if you bring a pillow.) Another great and very significant plus -- no TSA patdown and "lost" luggage. I rarely fly any more. This program is a great move. On a recent trip from Sacramento to Reno through the Sierras they had historians giving a desciptions about the area as I sat in the observation car. That was the best 3 hrs I've spent in a long while, listening, learning, viewing, and totally relaxed.