Regional affiliate should form to take over Coast Starlight train

(Op-Ed from the San Jose Mercury News, Published July 23, 2006) By Arthur L. Lloyd and Paul Bendix — Bay Area Amtrak service to Seattle and Los Angeles has declined so dramatically that state rail agencies must intervene.

The Coast Starlight, once the most popular train in America, now limps into San Jose hours late, in […]

Why I oppose the plan to reopen the Santa Paula Line

By Paul J. Dyson, RailPAC President — It may come as a surprise that a 40 year veteran of passenger and freight rail advocacy is opposed to the idea of reopening the former Southern Pacific line linking Santa Clarita with Ventura (“the Santa Paula line”). The line parallels the busy state highway 126 for most […]

San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee

Sacramento — Reported by Russ Jackson.  Highlights:

Improvement seen in on time performance of San Joaquins (photo)
New engineer crew districts
Two new studies in the works, and an interesting possibility of a new rail line south of Bakersfield
Yosemite service to return
New ACE train starts August 28, connecting with San Joaquins
Liz O’Donoghue to leave Amtrak (photo)

The SJVRC meets […]

Connections, Connections, Connections

By Noel Braymer, Editor, Western Rail Passenger Review — The biggest turn-off for most people using public transportation is the need to transfer between services to make connections to get to where they want to go. It has been estimated that half the potential ridership on a trip is lost each time people have to […]