What is Next for Amtrak?

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer
Amtrak was created by politics and remains a child of politics. The recent resignation of Amtrak President Kummant doesn’t come as a major surprise. It is doubtful that he would have the support of the new administration. There are stories of friction between Mr. Kummant and the Amtrak Board. Also the […]

So what about the San Fernando Valley?

By Noel T. Braymer
Proposition R raises the sale tax another half cent in Los Angeles County. This money will be used to help build the “subway to the sea” which will extend subway service west down Wilshire Blvd. There will be money to extend Light Rail on the Gold Line east from Pasadena towards Montclair […]

Tracking the News: November 2008

Commentary and Photos by Russ Jackson
NOTE: This column first appeared in the November, 2008, issue of the Western Rail Passenger Review. Tracking the News will now also appear here monthly, with color pictures added. Your comments will be appreciated.

November, 2008. Elections, elections, elections. That is the focus of attention as this edition goes to press […]

CA October Corridor ridership and revenue stats

From Gene Skoropowski
Northern California Corridor ridership on the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins continues double-digit growth, despite economic slowdown and falling gas prices, while the Pacific Surfliner ridership levelled off after months of growth.

Ridership and revenue results for the month of October 2008 (the first of the new Federal Fiscal Year) remain strong even at […]

Marin vote was frosting on SMART’s cake

Published Sunday, November 9, 2008, by the Marin Independent Journal
Commentary By Dick Spotswood, RailPAC Secretary, and Mill Valley resident

After several false starts, Marin and Sonoma voters passed a one-quarter cent sales tax for construction and operation of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit commuter train. Measure Q needed two-thirds of the combined Sonoma and Marin vote. […]

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San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee October meeting report

Report by Bruce Jenkins, RailPAC Director
The San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee met at the California State Rail Museum Thursday October 30, 2008.

Approval of Vice Chair Vern Moss Madera County to be effective Jan 1, 2009 was confirmed unanimously.
The 99 Corridor:
Committee members Ty Holscher (Tulare County) and Larry Miller (Fresno County) reported that that a population […]

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