Coachella Valley Train Meeting Report and PHOTOS

September 20, 2008
Reported by Robert Manning, RailPAC Director, Palm Springs, with PHOTOS by Mrs. Bob Manning

The Auditorium for the University Of California Riverside Graduate Center located in Palm Desert, turned out to be the perfect location for a train meeting. This public forum dealing with daily passenger train service from Los Angeles to the Coachella [...]

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The Coast Rail Coordinating Council September meeting

Meeting Report September 19, 2008
Reported by Bruce Jenkins, RailPAC Director, Sunnyvale

The Coast Rail Coordinating Council met September. 19, ’08 in Soledad, CA, at the Paraiso Winery.
Track and Access for the future Coast Daylight train:
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for track access and project negotiation has bounced back and forth between Caltrans Division of Rail and [...]

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Capitol Corridor September board meeting

By Bruce Jenkins, RailPAC Director
The Meeting of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board (CCJPB) was held September 17, 2008 at Suisun City Hall. (The CCJPB is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary).

Managing Director Eugene Skoropowski gave still another glowing report on the outstanding ridership and revenue increases and the On Time Performance (OTP) which in August [...]

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RailPAC STATEMENT REGARDING METROLINK/UNION PACIFIC TRAIN COLLISION

RAIL PASSENGER ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA
1017 L Street PMB 217, Sacramento, CA 95814
www.railpac.org

17th September 2008
STATEMENT REGARDING METROLINK/UNION PACIFIC TRAIN COLLISION AT CHATSWORTH, CALIFORNIA FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2008
The Rail Passenger Association of California is greatly dismayed by the loss of life and injuries resulting from the collision between a Metrolink passenger train and a Union Pacific freight [...]

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RailPAC letter to CRCC re Coast train schedules

By RailPAC President, Paul Dyson, wrote this letter to the Coast Rail Coordinating Council with a copy to Caltrans Division of Rail, before the accident on 9/12, about scheduling of trains on the Coast line. The CRCC meets 9/19 in Soledad. Mr. Dyson and RailPAC Treasurer, Bill Kerby, met with DofR acting Chief [...]

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CA Rail Corridor records smashed again in August

By Gene Skoropowski, Managing Director, Capitol Corridor JPB
California Intercity Passenger Rail ridership and revenue records continue to be “smashed” by these August statistics. Major ridership growth continues all across California, with the Pacific Surfliners growing at +9.5%, the Capitol Corridor at +21.2% and the San Joaquins at +27.5%. These three California intercity rail services [...]

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Want Cheaper Energy? Run More Trains!

Editorial By Noel T. Braymer
The current Administration is claiming that if only Oil Companies were given oil leases to every possible place including National Wildlife Reserves and off shore that the price of fuel would magically go down. This comes from an Administration that promised it would keep oil prices low because it knew how [...]

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THE BALKANIZATION OF LOSSAN: A Commentary

By Paul Dyson, RailPAC President
3rd September, 2008
THE BALKANIZATION OF LOSSAN – WHAT HAPPENED TO A REGIONAL VISION?

Imagine that Southwest Airlines is run by a public board, and members of that Board includes say the Mayor of Yuma AZ, and the Mayor of Rancho Mirage, CA. Because of their power on the Board, and because [...]

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Where are Amtrak’s “Material Handling Cars?”

Stored in the weeds and on the rusty rails of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, east of Guadalupe. A PHOTO report by Russ Jackson including views of the Guadalupe Amtrak station. 9/1 UPDATE Steve Grande of Trainweb sent us the following information: “Don’t forget that there are a couple of Amtrak ex-MHCs [...]

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