OTP on the Southwest Chief lately   September 21st, 2007

How has Amtrak train 3/4, the Southwest Chief, (and others) been doing lately?
Commentary by Russ Jackson
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When a long distance train has a very good on time performance it’s a time to celebrate, and while the Southwest Chief regularly has one of Amtrak’s best records it’s good to look once in a while.

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CA Corridor August statistics   September 21st, 2007

Summary of August 2007 ridership and ticket revenue on the California Corridors As received from Amtrak.
Reported by Gene Skoropowski
These results are good news for all intercity passenger rail services across California, and particularly good news for the Capitol Corridor service.

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TAMC Rail Policy Committee meeting   September 21st, 2007

Transportation Agency for Monterey County
Rail Policy Committee,
September 10, 2007. Salinas
Reported for RailPAC by Chris Flescher

There is a strong interest in trying to reduce the cost for the Branch Line Project (the light rail and/or bus rapid transit from Castroville to Monterey). Parsons has come up with a list of options to consider:

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CCJPB September Meeting Report   September 19th, 2007

Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board meeting
September 19, 2007
Suisun City Hall
A PHOTO report by Russ Jackson

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As Capitol Corridor JPB Managing Director, Gene Skoropowski, said in the meeting, “Good news is always easy to report,” and that seems to be the theme of all of the CCJPB meetings to the delight of the board members as well as the staff.

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RailPAC September Meeting Report   September 17th, 2007

California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento
September 15, 2007
Reported by Russ Jackson and Bob Manning

Photos by the authors
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The CSRM is a perfect place for a rail advocacy meeting. The atmosphere and hospitality were outstanding. The Rail Passenger Association of California board of directors (shown below with President Paul Dyson presiding) met in a morning session to discuss items pertaining to the operation of the organization, which is this year celebrating 30 years of passenger rail advocacy in California.

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CA Rail Photos: An Arizonan comes to CA   September 13th, 2007

From Bill Lindley, RailPAC Associate Director, and Arizona Rail Passenger Association Treasurer. Taken on his vacation from the Arizona heat this summer.
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An original series San Diego Trolley train is in downtown San Diego on August 6, 2007.

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September 5, 2007.
PRESS RELEASE: RailPAC President Paul Dyson today called for continued expansion of Metrolink train service throughout the region.
In welcoming the additional trains on the Antelope Valley line on Saturday, and service for the first time on Sunday, Dyson said that: “At last Metrolink is beginning to fulfill its potential as a true Regional Rail system.”

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By Noel T. Braymer

The recent collapse of the I-35W Freeway Bridge in Minneapolis highlights a problem that has been growing for years: the deferred maintenance of much of America’s infrastructure. There is an old saying in Economics: “There is no such thing as a free lunch“. The “free lunch” referred to was the practise in the past of Bars serving a “free lunch” with the purchase of a beer. The purchase of the beer paid for the “free lunch” and besides the lunch was usually made up of salty foods which tended to make the bar patron thirsty for what else; more beer. The point is one way or the other you or someone pays for what you get. Any money “saved” putting off work on the I-35W Bridge was more than lost when the bridge collapsed. To quote another old saying “a stitch in time save nine.”

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RailPAC September MEETING NOTICE   September 1st, 2007

  • 10:00 Board Meeting
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 General Meeting

  • At the California State Rail Museum in the Museum Theater (use east “group” entrance), in Old Sacramento! Reserve your space NOW! Only a few days left to reserve! EVERYONE is welcome! And, it’s FREE! Our topic: “Running Trains WITHOUT Money!” A Presentation from Operation Lifesaver just added! See new parking information above! New 9/8/07
    Confirmed Speaker lineup of top California rail Leaders:
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    Kempton, Bronte, Skoropowski, Mortensen, Hutchison

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