A RailPAC Special Report, November, 2004. — In its September issue, the Train Riders Association of California’s (TRAC) “California Rail News” displays a front page photograph taken without permission from the RailPAC website. The photo isn’t shown in its entirety. The entire photo was published in the August 2004, “Western Rail Passenger Review” magazine (on […]

What California Needs From High Speed Rail

by Noel T. Braymer, RailPAC President — Faster Rail Passenger service not only increases ridership but also improves productivity. It does this by carrying more passengers per day with the same number of train crews and equipment. To achieve these results require major investments in equipment and trackwork. A fast, efficient railroad […]

The Gods Help Those Who First Help Themselves

by Noel T. Braymer, RailPAC President
The gods help those who first help themselves: Or, It is easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission.

Generally the state of rail passenger service in this country is bleak. Many large cities in this country have no service. Some of the largest cities […]

On my August 2004 commentary

by Noel T. Braymer, RailPAC President
NOTE: The following was received from Elizabeth O’Donoghue, Director-Communication Public and Government Affairs (West) Amtrak. My comments follow hers, and refer to my August commentary.
To: Editor, Western Rail Passenger Review
One thing – you wrote in the Western Rail Passenger Review that “…if Amtrak receives this money the Northeast Corridor will […]

What Do We Need From Amtrak?

by Noel T. Braymer, RailPAC President – Amtrak over the last thirty plus years never seems to change. Amtrak always seems to want more money from Congress, and threaten to shut down most or all service if it doesn’t get what it wants. Most of the money Amtrak gets goes […]

Technology is not the Solution

by Noel T. Braymer, RailPAC President — When it comes to transportation, many people get hung up on technology. People argue we need the latest in monorail, or maglev, bullet trains or whatever. Naturally the people most hung up on the technology are the people trying to sell a particular technology. Now, technology can be […]

Take the Train, not MagLev to the Airports

by Noel T. Braymer, RailPAC President — SCAG, the Southern California Association of Governments continues to promote its plan to build a regional MagLev system in Southern California. This would start with a 54 mile starter line connecting Ontario Airport with Downtown Los Angeles and West Los Angeles. Eventually this starter […]

The Terrorists Among Us

by Noel T. Braymer, RailPAC President — Since the bombing of commuter trains in Madrid, Spain that killed 190 people this March, there has been a heightened state of awareness for transportation security. It is true there are terrorists among us in America. Many kill themselves in their terrorist deeds, some are unknowing […]