LOOK! IT’S THE SUNSET LIMITED!!! October 22nd, 2007
How’s the timekeeping on Amtrak trains 1 and 2?
A Report and commentary by Russ Jackson
Each month we have been charting on time performances of the Amtrak long distance trains that enter/leave California. This month its the Sunset Limited’s turn.
RailPAC promotes weekend Metrolink connections October 19th, 2007
Correspondence between RailPAC President Paul Dyson and SCRRA. The original message is at the bottom of this file.
Skunk Train trip PHOTO report October 18th, 2007
October 16, 2007
Report and PHOTOS by Russ Jackson
The California & Western Railroad has been carrying passengers for 100 years! While passengers today are mostly tourists, some travel still occurs to the isolated locations enroute. Our trip on a rainy Tuesday was from Ft. Bragg to Northspur.
LOSSAN TAC Meeting Report and Commentary October 18th, 2007
October 16, 2007, Los Angeles
Report and Commentary by Paul Dyson
NOTE: An important letter from Mr. Dyson to Caltrans Division of Rail Chief Bill Bronte is included in this report.
The technical Advisory Committee for LOSSAN met at Los Angeles on Tuesday 16th October. This was the first full meeting of the TAC since June, which is a statement in itself.
Why we need to protect the Sunset route October 18th, 2007
Commentary by Paul Dyson, RailPAC President
Those of you who are NARP members will have received a letter from Matt Melzer, former RailPAC director and now Communications Associate at NARP HQ. Matt points out the ongoing threat to the Sunset Limited and calls for action by NARP members to draw attention to the danger to this service.
San Joaquin Meeting Report and News October 13th, 2007
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY RAIL COMMITTEE
Meeting Report, October 11, 2007
Reported by Russ Jackson
RailPAC was well represented at the quarterly meeting of the San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee, led by Director Bruce Jenkins, and Associate Directors George Gaekle, Mike Barnbaum, and this writer. What made the meeting important was some news that we heard for the first time.
San Joaquin lapel pin distributed at the meeting.
San Joaquin train station PHOTOS October 13th, 2007
From Sacramento to Bakersfield: two round trips daily on Amtrak California’s San Joaquin Valley trains. Here’s a look at all 10 intermediate stations, Lodi to Wasco, on this route. Photos were (mostly) taken 10/11/07 from the door of train 702, southbound, which departs Sacramento at 6:35 AM. That day ridership was light until Modesto.
Photos and comments by Russ Jackson
Monterey County Rail October Meeting October 13th, 2007
TAMC Rail Policy Committee meeting
October 1, 2007, Salinas
Reported by Chris Flescher, RailPAC Associate Director
Most of the meeting consisted of two presentations. The first was from a planner who worked on the Sprinter project in North San Diego County. The second one was from a planner who works for Monterey Salinas Transit (MST), on a proposed Bus Rapid Transit project.
September CA Corridor stats and comments October 12th, 2007
September 2007 Results- and FY 2006-07 Capitol Corridor and California stats (our best year yet)
By Gene Skoropowski
Progress continues on the Capitol Corridor. We have just received the September 2007 stats from Amtrak, and the end-of-fiscal year stats as well. For California, they are very good. For the Capitol Corridor, the numbers continue to go ‘off the chart’. Amtrak reports for :
Southern Californian Rail Connections: the good and the bad. October 3rd, 2007
By Noel T. Braymer
The reality of most travel without a car is you have to transfer to get to where you want to go. Good rail passenger sevice depends on quick and easy connections. Perhaps the best feature of BART is it is designed to allow passengers to transfer easily within BART. Connections are repeatedly announced at transfer stations where the wait between trains is usually on the same platform and often last no more than 5 minutes. While such levels of connectivity are still off in the future for Southern California, simple steps can be made to publicize the connections that exist and improve or create more connections with little effort.