December 17, 2009
Mr. Paul Dyson, President
Rail Passenger Association of California
1017 L Street PMB 217
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Paul:
Thank you for your letter of December 5,2009, regarding unacceptable service failures on the Pacific Surfliners. We are equally disappointed with the recent service failures on the Surfliner service.

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Posted in Issues

Reported by Chris Flescher, RailPAC Associate Director, Salinas
November 2, 2009
Commuter Rail to Monterey County
There are some advantages to serving Salinas with a Capitol Corridor extension instead of the proposed Caltrain extension.

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Posted in Commentary

We Can Learn Much From The TGV   December 20th, 2009

Opinion By Noel T. Braymer

The first modern High Speed Train was the Japanese Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka which opened for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. It had what was then the amazing top speed of 125 miles per hour.

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Posted in Commentary

RailPAC President Paul Dyson writes;

Once again, at the busiest time of the year, the Surfliner service has fallen apart. 769, 12.30pm from LAUS, departed 5 hrs 30 minutes late. No southbound train from Santa Barbara all afternoon, over 200 people on the platform after the Starlight departed.

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Posted in Editorials

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer

I know I was pleased that the new interim Amtrak President and recent FRA Administrator Joseph Boardman agreed to speak to RailPAC at our May 2nd 2009 meeting in Los Angeles.

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My October Train Trip Report   December 16th, 2009

By Noel T. Braymer

October 12th found me with a day off, so I used it to ride most of the trackage in San Diego County. I particularly wanted to check out the lines of the San Diego Trolley which is planning a major overhaul as it nears its 30th anniversary on July 26, 2011.

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Report by Paul Dyson, RailPAC President
8TH DECEMBER 2009 was a historic day for RailPAC as we held our first ever members meeting in Las Vegas. The meeting was kindly hosted by Bob Fisher, NARP Council member and Director of the Nevada Broadcasters Association. 11 NARP and RailPAC members attended, which is about 30% of our members in the area.

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Posted in Reports

. . . Commentary and PHOTOS by Russ Jackson
. . . On Time Performance. How’s this for an OTP for the first 20 days of November: Zephyr 85%, Starlight 85%, Builder 87.5%, CHIEF 97.5%, Sunset 88.9%, Eagle 92.5%.

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Posted in Tracking Rail News

Metrolink drops Solo BULLETIN   December 13th, 2009

Metrolink CEO David Solow was asked to step down on December 11, and was replaced by former Riverside County Transportation Commissioner Eric Haley. Mr. Solow will stay on in a management position until June 30, 2010. Below are the two announcements from Metrolink, one stating action on fare increases and service cuts would be postponed and the other re Mr. Solo.

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Posted in Commentary, Reports

JarrodBy Jarrod DellaChiesa, RailPAC Director, San Lorenzo (NOTE: Jarrod became RailPAC’s newest Director by Board action 12/3/09, and we welcome him aboard!)
Keep hearing about “tweeting”, “Facebook” and “posting”?  Well, all those buzzwords refer to Social Media and RailPAC is getting into it!

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Posted in Reports