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January, Amtrak Consists, and the Southwest Chief

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 […]

What’s next for Los Angeles Rail Transit?

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 […]

RailPAC eNewsletter for January 20, 2015

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, […]

Capitol Corridor statistics for December, 2014

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, […]

RailPAC eNewsletter for January 12, 2015

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 […]

RailPAC eNewsletter for January 5,2015

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 […]