Provided by Eugene K. Skoropowski,
Managing Director, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

The economic slowdown, plus one less day in February 2009 than in February 2008 (a leap year), appears to have impacted the most ‘business oriented’ corridors, the Capitol Corridor and the Pacific Surfliners.

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Posted in Commentary

Presentation/Open House Report by Marcia Johnston, RailPAC Director
Sacramento Amtrak Station Wednesday, March 11, 2009 factsheet_031109_lowres_page_2
Introduction: Mike Wiley, General Manager, Sacramento Regional Transit
Presenter: Jim Heck, Consultant, HDR Engineering
The Environmental Impact Report [EIR] is a report that documents the potential impacts of a proposed project.

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Posted in Reports

TAMC Rail Policy Committee 2-2-2009
Reported by Chris Flescher RailPAC Associate Director, Salinas
For the Monterey Branch Line (MBL) project, the alternatives analysis is happening. All alternatives will connect with the future Caltrain extension in Castroville.

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Posted in Reports

brontepic1 An interview with Caltrans’ BILL BRONTE
Reported by Bill Kerby, RailPAC Treasurer
with Russ Jackson, RailPAC.org editor
There is good news to celebrate and some not so good news as to the future of funding for the Caltrans Rail program for the year 2009 as of the publication date of this newsletter.

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Posted in Commentary

. . . and Commentary by Russ Jackson . . . March, 2009. flagstaff-bswchief4onfeb820091 February will go down as an important month for rail funding in the U.S. and California. As you saw in the Kerby-Jackson report, the California Rail Program received an increase, not a decrease, in operating funding for 2009!

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Posted in Tracking Rail News

A PHOTO report
By Robert Manning, RailPAC Director
3/8 UPDATE: What a Difference a week can Make!
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Amtrak cancelled service on the Sunset Limited for the Palm Springs Train Station Sunday March 8, 2009 due to extensive track work. (NOTE: “No alternative transportation provided”)

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Posted in Rail Photos

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer

After the customary political fun and games, President Obama got an Economic Stimulus Bill which will pump 787 Billion dollars into the sinking economy.

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Posted in Editorials