Tracking Rail News for June

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 [...]

Sunset Limited Marketing Meeting

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 [...]

TAMC May Meeting Report

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.

TAMC released a request for proposals, but Parsons-Brinkerhoff was the only group that responded. Parsons has already performed some work on both the Caltrain to [...]

CA Corridors May, 2009 statistics

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.

We were awaiting the May numbers to see if there would be an upswing in riders and revenue, but the opposite seems to be emerging. This is likely due to the California [...]

COAST RAIL COORDINATING COUNCIL

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

RailPAC was represented by Paul Dyson, Dennis Story and Mike Barnbaum. Katherine Holland of Coast Rail Now and ASERT represented local pro transit interests. Good news, Jacki Bacharach was on the ‘phone representing LACMTA.
This meeting [...]

Does Amtrak propose to cease operations in most of the southern and western states within the next five to ten years?

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.

1) RAIL PASSENGER ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA
1017 L Street PMB 217, Sacramento, CA 95814
www.railpac.org
3 June, 2009
AMTRAK TO REDUCE OR END SERVICE TO MORE THAN 20 STATES?
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