The RailPAC Mission: Passenger rail advocacy, Publications…both print and electronic, Representation at regional meetings, and Rail education. Join us! More memberships increase our strength in presenting the case for rail to policymakers at all levels!
Report and Commentary by Russ Jackson
January in any year brings the anticipation of problems for passenger trains encountering winter weather all across the country. January, 2015, was no exception what with the winter storms that dominated the news along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. All intercity train service north of New York City into New England was […]
The Steel Wheels Column
An occasional commentary by Paul Dyson, RailPAC President
The departures of Art Leahy and Michael DePallo came as no surprise to insiders.
Rumors were rife that Art had more than hinted that he was not going to seek a contract renewal in April, and DePallo left before the Board carried out a performance review. […]
By Noel T. Braymer
By next year LA Metro will have Light Rail service running on the Expo Line from Culver City to Santa Monica and on the Gold Line from east Pasadena to Azusa. By 2019 the Crenshaw Line should be running between LAX and the Expo Line. The Regional Connector subway extending the Blue […]
A Metro man from a transit family wants the lines to keep growing
Los Angeles Times-Jan 17, 2015
Leahy, rumor had it, might not be leaving transit when he steps away from MTA. He might not even leave the building, because Metrolink is looking for a new chief. The regional rail agency is a much smaller operation, […]
From David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
December 2014 marks the ninth consecutive month of ridership and revenue
increases for the Capitol Corridor. The Capitol Corridor trains carried
116,309 passengers in December 2014, a 4.1% increase compared to December
2013, with revenue increasing by 0.8% compared to December 2013. With year
to-date (YTD) revenue 5.5% above projections, […]
By Noel T. Braymer
In my opinion in one word: Good ! We have come a long way since 1979 when I first became involved in rail advocacy and no one was sure then that there would even be any Rail Passenger service in 2015. The question is no longer if there will be any Rail […]
A long, cold wait: Amtrak passengers finally depart Chicago 13.5 hours late CNN – Jan 8, 2015 The delay for Amtrak 48/448 was caused by mechanical problems, including frozen brakes, said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.
The fault for the Lake Shore being late wasn’t the weather, it was Amtrak’s. The train should never have been allowed to leave […]
Commentary by Andrew Selden, President, United Rail Passenger Alliance
Amtrak recently told a U.S. Senator in writing (from an Amtrak senior executive officer) that elimination of all of the long distance trains (after transition costs) would increase its need for annual federal subsidy, because the same costs would continue to exist but be spread over a […]
By Noel T. Braymer
A lawsuit against the $219 Billion dollar San Diego County Transportation Plan up to 2050 was upheld in a State Appeals court last November. The lawsuit is based on the fact that the current transportation plan doesn’t meet the State’s target for reducing Greenhouse Gases by 2050. The State’s goal is to […]
Fred Frailey-Amtrak’s new look
Trains Dec 18, 2014
Amtrak is downsizing practically every one of its long-distance trains, between January 12 and February 28 and in some instances longer. This is what railroads routinely did in pre-Amtrak days, in those times of the year when business drops off.
Several people have sent me the preliminary changes, and of […]