Tracking Rail News for June   June 19th, 2009

TRACKING RAIL NEWS . . .
. . . and Commentary by Russ Jackson

June, 2009. On Time and other performances. Yes, it’s the economy that can be charged with the recent on time performance improvements of Amtrak’s western long distance trains. Freight traffic has dropped over the past months which coincides with the increase in Amtrak trains arriving on time or early.

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Reported by Robert Manning, RailPAC Director, with comments by Paul Dyson, RailPAC President.
Wednesday June 10, 2009
I have just arrived home after attending the Sunset Marketing and Revitalization Team meeting which was held June 6, 2009 in New Orleans, LA. I should remind everyone that this SMART (not to be confused with the Sonoma-Marin project) came into existence for the following reasons:

  • 1. To insure the survival of Amtrak’s oldest named train the SUNSET LIMITED.
  • 2. To move the Sunset Limited to a daily train.
  • 3. To restore Sunset Limited service from New Orleans back to Florida.
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    TAMC May Meeting Report   June 11th, 2009

    TAMC Rail Policy Committee meeting May 4, 2009.
    Reported by Chris Flescher
    TAMC is trying to find a consultant to write the environmental documents relating to the Monterey Branch Line (MBL) service.

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    Reported by
    Eugene K. Skoropowski

    Managing Director
    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
    May ridership numbers on the Capitol Corridor, San Joaquins and Pacific Surfliners all were disappointing.

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    (“CRCC”) MEETING Report
    Santa Barbara, May 29, 2009
    Reported by Paul Dyson
    The Meeting was Chaired by Dave Potter, Monterey County Supervisor

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    Below is a new press release from RailPAC, along with earlier correspondence between Paul Dyson, the RailPAC President, and Joseph Boardman, Interim President and CEO of Amtrak.

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