Taking Initiative on San Joaquin Service

A Report from Fresno on “Collaboration”
By Bill Kerby, RailPAC Treasurer
In a five step plan, AMTRAK and Caltrans on March 27th presented results to the San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee (SJVRC) of a performance enhancement initiative that began in mid-2007.

The first of these steps elevated service delivery, fare structure and marketing changes for […]

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Coast Starlight News from Amtrak’s Richard Phelps

Official letter received March 21, sent by e-mail to RailPAC President Paul Dyson.
Dear Mr. Dyson:

Thank you for your email (not posted here) that I received yesterday. At the direction of our President and CEO, Alex Kummant, Amtrak is already in the process of reviewing our current operation of the Coast Starlight as we are […]

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Auburn Amtrak station dedicated to the late Bob Conheim

Report and photos by Marcia Johnston, RailPAC Sacramento Director

Ceremonial cake created by Toni Tidman, CC Rider, in honor of Bob.

I attended the Robert F. Conheim, aka “Lord Mayor,” Auburn Station Dedication on Friday, March 14, 2006.

I boarded Capitol Corridor train 536 at the Sacramento station with the CC Riders Group to participate in […]

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February Capitol Corridor statistics

From the CCJPA. For a full report of each train’s on time performance, go to www.capitolcorridor.org
The February 2008 statistics show a continued upward trend in the growth of Capitol Corridor’s ridership and revenue.

— even factoring in that there was an extra day in the month, and in comparison to low ridership and poor […]

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Amtrak and Metrolink maintenance work north of Oceanside will delay weekend trains until May

Special report from Ed von Nordeck
Starting April 12, each Saturday and Sunday through May 4, Bridge work, north of Oceanside, along with replacement of street crossings will see cut back of Amtrak and Metrolink service.

Metrolink will operate between Laguna Niguel and Los Angeles. Bus service provided for points south of Laguna Niguel.
Amtrak will […]

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Letter from Senator Feinstein re Amtrak and the Coast Starlight

This letter was received by RailPAC Sacramento Director, Marcia Johnston, in reply to her inquiry of the Senator about needs for Amtrak survival. It is apparent that the Senator needs educating on the subject, and the principal reason is her statement we have highlighted in bold.

From: senator@feinstein.senate.gov [mailto:senator@feinstein.senate.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 4:25 PM
To: […]

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RailPAC followup letter to Amtrak about Coast Starlight resumption

RAIL PASSENGER ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA
1017 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
March 10, 2008
Mr. Alex Kummant
President and CEO
National Railroad Passenger Corporation
60 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

COAST STARLIGHT CONTINUED TRUNCATION
Dear Mr. Kummant:
I have reviewed Amtrak’s statements about the suspension and truncation of the Coast Starlight and the lack of first class accommodation on […]

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What’s the Holdup on the Sprinter?

By Noel T. Braymer
The PUC gave approval to start service for the Sprinter two days before the March 9th start up

The DMU Light Rail Service between Escondido and Oceanside is now scheduled to start service on March 9th.
The North County Transit District last year had hoped to start service on December 16; then the 30th; […]

RailPAC Participates! Dyson and Dukakis in Santa Barbara

“COAST,” the COALITION FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION
Meeting Report for March 1, 2008, in Santa Barbara
COAST is a Santa Barbara County regional organization promoting environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable transportation and reduced dependency on automobiles. The following report is from the COAST newsletter. RailPAC Director, Dennis Story, (shown with Gov. Dukakis) is a COAST member

The […]