San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee meeting report March 10th, 2007
Reported by Bruce Jenkins, RailPAC Director, with Bill Kerby, RailPAC Treasurer and Art Lloyd, RailPAC VP North
News and a Photo from the Capitol Corridor March 8th, 2007
Gene Skropowski, the Capitol Corridor Managing Director, replied to RailPAC regarding the photo story about the group traveling to Sacramento from Davis (below the meeting notice) and gave us an advanced look at other important Corridor news including the latest statistics from the other California corridors. NEW Photo added!
RailPAC/NARP Joint Membership Meeting & Conference March 8th, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007 Gateway Center, MTA BOARD ROOM, 3rd Floor, the tall building east of Los Angeles Union Station platforms.
The Rail Passenger Association of California, the National Association of Railroad Passengers, and the Transit Coalition invite you to the biggest rail meeting of 2007!
Amtrak President Alex Kummant (pictured, left, with RailPAC President Paul Dyson) is the Keynote Speaker at 10:30am.
The 11:30 session, “Amtrak & the Future” Andrew C. Selden (pictured) from URPA, Ross Capon from NARP, and Bill Bronte, Caltrans Rail Chief. RailPAC VP/NARP Director Art Lloyd is the moderator.
At 1:00 former Amtrak Board Vice Chairman Michael Dukakis
Afternoon panels include “Southern California Regional Rail”, with RailPAC President Paul Dyson, and Mike McGinley, retired SP and Metrolink, moderated by Dennis Lytton, NARP Diector; “Transit Rail”, with Gerald Francis, Manager, LACMTA Rail, and Jerard Wright and Bart Reed from the Transit Coalition, moderated by James Smith, RailPAC VP; and “High Speed Rail Update” by Dan Leavitt, CAHSRA
The RailPAC members’ business meeting will follow the afternoon session. Adjournment will be in honor of Byron Nordberg, RailPAC’s founding father.
CA Corridor Rail Meetings March 7th, 2007
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board, Suisun City Hall, 10:00
Group rides Zephyr from Davis to Sacramento March 2nd, 2007
Instead of using a Capitol train. The scene below is the Davis, CA train station this morning, March 2, 2007. The train is the eastbound California Zephyr, #6, which arrived only a few minutes late enroute eventually to Chicago. A PHOTO report by Russ Jackson, RailPAC.
Amtrak needs leadership, not more managers March 1st, 2007
Commentary by Noel Braymer, Editor, Western Rail Passenger Review
On January 30th of this year, train 50, the CARDINAL, departed Chicago with 6 cars, one locomotive and one working toilet. Over the protests of the trainâ€™s conductor, the Chicago trainmaster ordered the train out of Chicago. The train had gone no further than Dyer, Indiana, just 29 miles from Chicago, when the decision was made to terminate the train in Cincinnati and supply busses for the 46 passengers.