RAIL PASSENGER ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA
1017 L Street PMB 217, Sacramento, CA 95814    www.railpac.org  Danger in “Signal Gaps”?

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RailPAC President’s Message   December 22nd, 2008

 RAIL PASSENGER ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA  1017 L Street PMB 217, Sacramento, CA 95814  New Year message from Paul Dyson, RailPAC President:    I think it’s fair to say that RailPAC has had a moderately successful year in 2008, a year that has involved a lot of swimming upstream and around all sorts of obstacles.

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Rail Photos for Christmas   December 19th, 2008

From Phoenix, Arizona; Santa Fe, New Mexico, Dallas-Ft. Worth Texas, and California.   Comments by Russ Jackson, RailPAC Secretary-Emeritus.   Photos by contibuting photographers with our thanks.

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Placer County Transportation report   December 10th, 2008

Reported by Chuck Robuck, CC Riders President, RailPAC Member from Auburn

FYI, I attended this meeting as a CC Rider rep and wanted to give you a brief recap.

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CA Corridors November stats   December 10th, 2008

Reported by Gene Skoropowski
In spite of the big Thanksgiving weekend travel surge, ridership growth for November 2008 in all of California was quite modest, likely reflecting the impacts of both the economic downturn, as well as falling gas prices.

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Metrolink Weekend Schedule   December 5th, 2008

RailPAC Letter from President Paul Dyson

December 4, 2008

Supervisor Mike Antonovich

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Tracking the News: December 2008   December 3rd, 2008

. . . PHOTOS and Commentary by Russ Jackson

. . . December, 2008. Dare I say “what a month” again? What else can you say about a month that saw the election of a new direction for our country and presumably for passenger rail transportation, and the approval of many rail initiatives including RailPAC-supported high speed rail in California. The same month saw gasoline prices falling faster than the stock market and the economy, with corresponding implications for continued high ridership on commuter and light rail trains.

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What is Next for Amtrak?   November 30th, 2008

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer

Amtrak was created by politics and remains a child of politics. The recent resignation of Amtrak President Kummant doesn’t come as a major surprise. It is doubtful that he would have the support of the new administration. There are stories of friction between Mr. Kummant and the Amtrak Board. Also the credit problems hitting the world economy are also having an effect on Amtrak which may be a factor in Kummant’s calling it quits. The issue of who will be the next Amtrak President is secondary as to what is to be done about the Amtrak bureaucracy. Presidents seem to come and go but the culture of the Amtrak bureaucracy stays the same.

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By Noel T. Braymer

Proposition R raises the sale tax another half cent in Los Angeles County. This money will be used to help build the “subway to the sea” which will extend subway service west down Wilshire Blvd. There will be money to extend Light Rail on the Gold Line east from Pasadena towards Montclair and the Expo Line west from Culver City to Santa Monica. There is planning for a downtown connector for new trackage to connect the Blue and Expo Lines to the Gold Line. There are plans for extending the Green Line to LAX. But there are no new services planned for the San Fernando Valley. What can be done is improving what the Valley has, which would be Metrolink and the Orange Line.

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Tracking the News: November 2008   November 19th, 2008

Commentary and Photos by Russ Jackson

NOTE: This column first appeared in the November, 2008, issue of the Western Rail Passenger Review. Tracking the News will now also appear here monthly, with color pictures added. Your comments will be appreciated.

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