RailPAC Position Statement

Adopted by the membership at the March 17 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles
Whereas RailPAC since its inception has been a supporter both of the existing National Passenger Rail System (“the National System”) of Long Distance and Regional trains operated by Amtrak, and of the incremental growth of that system,

And Whereas the National System is under [...]

SUNSET LIMITED FLAG STOP “STATIONS” continued

PART 2: Deming, NM, PHOTOS and Commentary by Russ Jackson, RailPAC
In Part 1 we showed what passengers can expect at Benson, Arizona, and Lordsburg, New Mexico, when they choose those stations as their destination on Amtrak train #2, the Sunset Limited.

After departing Lordsburg, another hour later #2 arrives at Deming. To [...]

High Speed Rail Authority Adopts Phase 1: Anaheim to “the Bay Area”

Meeting Report and Commentary, May 23, 2007
By Russ Jackson, RailPAC
The California High Speed Rail Authority, with four RailPAC members in attendance, met at the State Capitol on Wednesday, May 23, to adopt a definitive “Phase 1″ of its project, “taking into consideration the cost, ridership, and revenue data presented to the Board on April 18, [...]

Message to RailPAC Members

from Paul Dyson, RailPAC President
Dear RailPAC members and supporters:
After the enthusiastic response to our March 17 meeting in Los Angeles, the Board of Directors met in April to discuss the next steps for RailPAC. We have come a long way. We now publish a monthly Newsletter, the Review, with articles and news of [...]

The Salinas station has a big future!

Letter to the Daily Californian from Chris Flescher, RailPAC Associate Director, Salinas To Dave Nordstrand: I read your article (May 19, 2007) about trains and the city of Salinas, and I wanted to make a few comments.

I agree that cars and airplanes will probably continue to be the dominant mode of transportation in this [...]

BULLETIN: Caltrans request for new cars is BACK IN THE BUDGET!

Reported by Marcia Johnston, RailPAC Director
Some news from the State budget analyst: “The May CA State Budget Revision, released today, also proposes to spend $187 million in 2007-08 from Proposition 1B transportation bonds approved by the voters in Nov. 2006 for the purchase of intercity rail cars and locomotives.”

Heavy lobbying by the Capitol [...]

April results for the 3 California corridor trains

Reported by Gene Skoropowski, Managing Director, Capitol Corridor JPA
We received the April 2007 results for ridership and revenue. While California ridership remains strong overall, the Capitol Corridor is going through the roof. Once again, a new record has been set. We will have to re-adjust the scale on our monthly [...]