August 27, 2008
Reported by Marcia Johnston, RailPAC Director, Sacramento
and Chuck Roebuck, President, Capitol Corridor Riders and RailPAC Member, Auburn
Chart and Photo courtesy Sacramento DOT.

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Published Sunday, August 24, 2008, by the Marin Indpendent Journal

By Dick Spotswood, RailPAC Secretary, Mill Valley

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Transportation Agency for Monterey County Rail Policy Committee
August 4, 2008 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, RailPAC Director, Salinas

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Coast Starlight overnight ridership UP!

Report and Comments provided by Eugene K. Skoropowski
Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

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Will Lithium Beat OIL?   August 3rd, 2008

Editorial By Noel T. Braymer

By late 2010 several auto makers plan to roll out either plug-in electric hybrid or all electric cars. The keystone of these new cars will be the use of Lithium Ion Batteries. It has been long known that electric propulsion is clean, efficient and economical. The weak link has always been the batteries which have been heavy, slow to recharge and had limited range. All this can change with lithium batteries. Lithium batteries are what have made possible lightweight cell phones, IPods. Laptop computers, cordless power tools and many other modern electronic devices. Recent advancements with lithium batteries make possible electric cars with the speed and range comparable with gasoline engine cars. Also these new batteries can be recharged quickly in minutes and it doesn’t hurt these batteries if they only get a partial charge.

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