Wife considering attending a conference at the Universal City Hilton in the Fall (after daylight savings time ends). If we take Amtrak from Seattle, we could disembark at Van Nuys, Burbank Airport or Union Station. Burbank would be the closest, but my recollection is that it's rather dark and quiet at night, with shelter from rain (hey, it could happen, even in L.A.) only at the middle of the platform, and one needs to walk to Empire and then call the airport shuttle bus to come. Certainly no wait for taxis once we get to the terminal. Van Nuys station may or may not have taxis waiting, and would be a slightly more expensive taxi ride to the hotel, but wouldn't it be a safer, more comfortable location to wait? Union Station would definitely have taxis, but I don't see the sense of staying on the train all the extra time to come back to the Valley.
If I were traveling alone, I'd probably get off at Burbank, but with my wife, less sure.
Any experiences at the Van Nuys or Burbank Airport stations in the evening (after 8 p.m.)? I realize the train could be late, so it could conceivably be a late night arrival.