Coast Rail Coordinating Committee   April 21st, 2006

Reported by Paul Dyson — For the benefit of new readers, the CRCC exists to coordinate activities of the various regional governments who are attempting to expand rail passenger service on the coast route between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Trip report for April 7, 8, 9, 2006, By James Smith, RailPAC VP South.

(NOTE: Mr. Smith writes this as a veteran train rider, not in his official RailPAC capacity. The opinions are his, not necessarily those of RailPAC.)

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SCAG Maglev Task Force   April 12th, 2006

Reported by Paul Dyson, RailPAC President — This is the first of these meetings that I have attended and so some of these observations may be old news to many of you.

Although the Task Force is meant to focus on the core line from West Los Angeles to Ontario Airport, the majority of those attending the meeting were from Anaheim and South Eastern cities not along the line of route. Because Orange County voters have rejected an airport at El Toro, northern OC cities, especially Anaheim, are desperate to find means of moving passengers to and from airports. Anaheim is especially anxious to protect its tourist and convention business. The OC reps called for further studies for a link along the 57 to join the Ontario line. Read the rest of this entry »

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SPECIAL REPORT — Food and beverage service on Amtrak doesn’t have to be something akin to a national shame. It has the potential to be pleasant, profitable, and nourishing. It has the potential to be good, rather than a necessity begrudgingly dished out by a common carrier with no ambition for good passenger service.

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By RailPAC Director and Review Editor Noel T. Braymer — Major airports generate lots of traffic. LAX alone averages over 160,000 passengers a day. Airports are also major employment centers, with many airport employees commuting to the airport every day. Further, airports are commercial centers with many businesses that want to be close to the airport. Traffic congestion is common around airports, and parking at most airports is expensive and hard to find. Airports are often second “downtowns” in their region. Caltrans Rail Division has been getting many letters for years asking about connections to California airports via Amtrak trains. Caltrans has on their web page an extensive list of the transit connections between rail stations and California airports at www.amtrakcalifornia.com/airports/access.htm.

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By RailPAC President Paul Dyson — I’m writing this on 24th of February on a typical news day; an attack on a Saudi Refinery, controversy over a toll road route through a state park, and Burbank is the sixth sootiest city in the US. Everyday there are reminders of the wrong direction of our transportation priorities. Everyday there seem to be new battles to fight, all too many of them re-argued actions against the paving over of more of California.

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