By John Dornoff, RailPAC Associate Director/InterMountainRail.org

The Inaugural run of Utah’s new FrontRunner communter rail service took place starting at the historic Ogden train station on Saturday, April 28, 2008.

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April 25, 2008, San Carlos, CA
Report and Commentary by Russ Jackson

“I cannot make a statement that there will be no train-offs,” said Amtrak’s Jonathan Hutchison in reply to a question from this reporter. “But,” he added, “I cannot say there will be train-offs, either.”

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A Purple Surfliner to Indio   April 26th, 2008

The “Coachella Express” from Los Angeles to the weekend all-star outdoor rock Festival in Indio
April 24, 2008
Photo report by Robert Manning, RailPAC Director

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State of the Association
By Paul Dyson, RailPAC President

Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

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California State Rail Museum, Old Sacramento
Reported by Russ Jackson

Photos by the writer except where noted.

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In The Stanford Room at the California State Rail Museum, Old Sacramento (west of the main museum building)
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PROGRAM INFORMATION and RESERVATION FORM
THIS EVENT IS NOW S O L D O U T!
Confirmed Speakers:
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  • Don Phillips, long time rail writer and special columnist for TRAINS Magazine! (Photo © 2008 TRAINS Magazine. Reprinted with permission of Kalmbach Publishing. All rights reserved)
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    Reported by Gene Skoropowski, Managing Director, Capitol Corridor

    Americans won’t ride trains? Are you sitting down? If any evidence to the contrary is needed, just use these California statistics. If the “auto capital of the world” is attracting this kind of intercity passenger market, the naysayers for rail investment can indeed be effectively countered with these actual statistics.

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    The Sunset Limited has a future?   April 10th, 2008

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    SMART: Sunset Marketing and Revitalization Team
    Meeting Report, New Orleans, March 29, 2008
    PHOTOS and trip report, by Robert Manning, RailPAC Director

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    NOTE: Information about the day’s schedule is posted on the Event post.
    Dear RailPAC members and friends,
    Amtrak is sponsoring National Train Day on May 10. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about RailPAC and the need for more passenger rail service.

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    Editorial by Noel T. Braymer

    Ridership on Amtrak, commuter and transit trains is growing and reaching all time records. Los Angeles will see the extension of the Gold Line from LAUS out to East Los Angeles by late next year and the start up of the Expo Line to Culver City by 2010.  Metrolink will be running trains in Orange County every half hour by late 2009 and is working on extending service to Perris in Riverside County by 2011. We are very close to seeing the Coast Daylight running with the first direct service between Los Angeles and San Francisco in over 30 years. With gasoline prices going higher almost every day people are looking for economic alternatives to their dependence on oil and the automobile.

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