SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY RAIL COMMITTEE

Meeting Report
January 11, 2007, Bakersfield
Reported by Bruce Jenkins, RailPAC Director

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Caltrain Faces Electric Hurdles   January 16th, 2007

There’s a new twist in the quest to electrify Caltrain, as ANG Newspapers (which includes the San Mateo County Times and Oakland Tribune) reports. With Caltrain eying non-FRA-compliant Electric Multiple Units to increase capacity and reduce trip times — and Positive Train Control as added safety, there is new pressure on the Federal Railroad Administration to re-examine its perspective: Read the rest of this entry »

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Capitol Corridor riding high   January 14th, 2007

15 years of clean comfortable trips leave most passengers satisfied as commuter line marks anniversary. — San Francisco Chronicle, 13 December 2006.

Fifteen years ago, Amtrak and Caltrans began a new passenger train service connecting the Bay Area and Sacramento with three round-trip trains a day. The Capitol Corridor trains quickly drew standing-room crowds on some trains and prompted some predictions of a rail renaissance…

Today, the rail service runs 16 round-trip trains between Oakland and Sacramento, including seven of those that go as far as San Jose and one that goes to and from Auburn. A total of 1.3 million passengers rode the Capitols in the past 12 months compared with 273,000 in the first year of operations…

Passenger rail advocates are also pleased with the Capitol Corridor.

“It’s been more successful than anyone expected,” said Richard Silver, head of the Railroad Passengers Association of California. “I don’t think anyone anticipated that they would ever add so many trains.”

Rest of the story at San Francisco Chronicle

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Trains, Trolleys finally hook up   January 14th, 2007

from the Sacramento Bee, 8 December 2006.

For two decades, Sacramento’s light-rail system has been running on its own loop, unconnected to the greater train-travel world.

Until today.

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Our new site   January 13th, 2007

We are pleased to announce that our new web page will be more up-to-date than ever, and more useful as well. You will find all the previous content here, with the exception of the older meeting reports; those are all still at the archived 2006 site. We hope to move those remaining articles here within the next few weeks. So browse around a bit, try the new Search feature, and let us know what you think.

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Here are this month’s four California Rail Pictures of the Month. Note: Previous California Rail Pictures of the Month have been reactivated and are temporarily archived at our Gallery.

December was a busy month at the Sacramento Valley Rail Station. In addition to the daily comings and goings of passengers, the Sacramento RT dedicated its extension into that facility, and the Capitol Corridor celebrated its 15th birthday. In this picture, a 5-car Capitol trainset and an RT light rail car share a platform on December 12. How’s that for “cross-platform transfer-ability?” For more photos see the Special Photo Report. (Photo by Russ Jackson) Read the rest of this entry »

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Looking ahead with delight   January 1st, 2007

Editorial by Noel Braymer

To get a good idea what improvements we in California can expect in the near future, the best place to look is at is the current CALIFORNIA STATE RAIL PLAN prepared by Caltrans Division of Rail. You can study the entire document on line at the Caltrans web page at www.dot.ca.gov/rail/go/dor/division-of-railreports . There is much to enjoy in this document. While not written in stone it reflects the projects that after years of planning are nearest to being started. With the passage last November of the transportation bonds, there is additional funding to make these projects happen.

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Sacramento, December 2006   January 1st, 2007

The Sacramento train station hosted two big events in December… A Photo Report by Russ Jackson, RailPAC Secretary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Operation Lifesaver

On a cold rainy night on Saturday 16th December, RailPAC along with the Southern California Transit Advocates and Operation Lifesaver supported the Van Nuys Station holiday open house organized by station agent Gail Cunningham. The event coincides with the Metrolink Holiday Toy Express and was attended by about 150 parents and children. SoCaTa volunteers Dana Gabbard, Lionel Jones and others assisted handing out Metrolink and Amtrak schedules and souvenirs as well as information about our own organizations, and in spite of the inclement weather everyone had a good time. I donated a couple of railroad encyclopedias to the Toy Drive on behalf of RailPAC. We’ve got to start educating these kids at an early age!

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