California Transportation Commission Meets in Sacramento

Notes submitted by Bill Kerby, January 10, 2008
Commissioners were relieved when Executive Director John Barna corrected the minutes from the past meeting that stated “no members were present” to “no members were absent.”

Today, the newly elected chair of the California Transportation Commission, John Chalker of San Diego, efficiently led the commissioners and [...]

Monterey County Rail Meeting Report

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County Rail Policy Meeting, held on January 7, 2008
“Progress is being made on the Monterey Branch Line service!”
Reported by Chris Flescher, RailPAC Associate Director

During public comments, one person said that he had rode the Sprinter once, and he was impressed at how high quality the train was. After the [...]

San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee report

January 10, 2008
Merced, California
Reported by Bruce Jenkins, RailPAC Director
The meeting was abbreviated because train #701 (north) was delayed due to a grade crossing accident south of Merced.

The SJVRC Board entertained a request to change the meeting date to the 3rd Thursday of the month. However, because of schedule conflicts with a majority of [...]

What is the final word for California High Speed Rail?

By Noel T. Braymer
George Skelton of the Capital Journal from Sacramento wrote some rather discouraging things about what is being proposed for the California High Speed Rail Project. This is what he wrote as published in the December 24 issue of the Los Angeles Times.”Turns out, as a Sacramentan, I wouldn’t be allowed to use [...]

America wants more Rail Passenger Service

By Noel T. Braymer
Back in November 4th of last year PARADE Magazine ran a story about Amtrak entitled “With high gas prices and airport delays, could we make our trains…A Better Way To Travel?” With this story PARADE Magazine ran a poll of its readers asking “Should America Invest more in Trains? In the December [...]

Sprinter Inauguration – December 28, 2007

I was delighted to receive an invitation from NCTD to represent RailPAC at these ceremonies in Escondido this past Friday. It’s been nearly 27 years since a group of us, including the late Byron Nordberg and Adrian Herzog, and the very much alive Russ Jackson and Noel Braymer, met at Oceanside and discussed the [...]