Here's something to consider: many airlines schedule once-a-day service to leave their terminals at o'dark thirty. I took Air New Zealand to Apia, Western Samoa one time from L.A. Arrival in Apia was at 2:30 AM. Going back to L.A. departure time was at 3 AM. I point this out because Amtrak is not the only one that has "poor" departure/arrival times. As always, the solution to this dilemma for Amtrak is service that occurs more than once a day. The host railroads won't like that, though.