Coast Starlight at SLO; Before and After PHOTOS

Before the re-launch
After the re-launch
But, what’s NOT there?

Photos and Comments by Russ Jackson

Coast Starlight train 14, the northbound, arrived on the station track usually used by the southbound #11 at San Luis Obispo, close to on time, on May 18, 2008.

This crowd of passengers for the Starlight were riding the old consist after the […]

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Coast Rail Coordinating Council June Meeting Report

Meeting, June 20, 2008
Santa Barbara
Reported by Paul Dyson, RailPAC President

The meeting was well attended. Clem Bomar, Division of Rail, Pete Rodgers and Tim Gillham, SLOCOG, Mike Powers SBCAG, Rob Dayton, (staff) and Council members Helene Schneider and Roger Horton of RailPAC member city Santa Barbara, Tom Mulligan of […]

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Capitol Corridor JPB June Meeting Report

Reported by Bruce Jenkins, RailPAC Director
The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board met in Suisun City Hall on June 18, 2008.

The Board approved the “Interregional Improvement Program” consisting of four projects, e.g. Yolo Causeway west crossover, CP Coast-Great America double tracking (Santa Clara), Capitalized maintenance, and Hercules Station, to be funded from the 2008 State Transportation […]

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Coast Starlight Re-launch PHOTOS

Return of the drumhead to a passenger train!
Photo report by Dennis Lytton

The Coast Starlight relaunch ceremony took place at Los Angeles Union Station on June 10, 2008.

The band played on the patio.

Photographer Lytton (left) and NARP President George Chilson pose beside a rebuilt Pacific Parlour Car.

Speaker is joined by Amtrak’s Jonathan Hutchison (right)

On the platform […]

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Report by Paul Dyson

Key items:
Surfliner Revenue up 16.3% in March over previous year, but down 13.1% in April, all attributed to an early Easter this year. Overall growth still about 3%, which is very poor given the demographics of the region.
OTP Is averaging between 71 and 75% […]

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TAMC Rail Policy Committee meeting

Transportation Agency for Monterey County Rail Policy Committee
Meeting Report for June 2, 2008
By Chris Flescher, RailPAC Associate Director

TAMC is still studying alternatives for the Monterey Branch Line
There are three being considered.
1. Enhanced bus service. This has a capital cost estimate of $46 million.
2. New combination of bus rapid transit […]

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California Corridor Stats for May

California’s Capitol Corridor Month Of May
Ridership, Surges 11% vs. 2007

SACRAMENTO —“The May 2008 Capitol Corridor statistics from Amtrak are again an all-time record high, as are the stats on the state’s other two corridor services, with the San Joaquins taking a very big leap upward in ridership,” reports Capitol Corridor chief executive Eugene […]

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Temporary Reassignment Switches California Division Chief Bronte to Freight and Passenger Service

June 2, 2008
From an interview with Mr. Bronte by Bill Kerby, RailPAC Treasurer, and posted with Mr. Bronte’s permission.

William (Bill) Bronte, Chief-Caltrans Division of Rail, assumes new duties as the coordinator of the Trade Corridor Improvement Program mandated by Proposition 1B. Appointed by Caltrans Director, Mr. Will Kempton, Mr. Bronte’s new railroad duties include […]

Why are Gasoline Prices So High Now?

Commentary by Noel T. BraymerÂ
 “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” Adam Smith

In a word the problem is inflation. Unlike the inflation of the 1970’s which was sparked by rising oil prices, […]

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