TRACKING RAIL NEWS   September 30th, 2009

. . . PHOTOS . . . and Commentary by Russ Jackson
. . . October 1, 2009.

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(Photo right) California Zephyr waiting to depart Sacramento station.
. . . On Time Performance and other Amtrak news:
. . . Good news for travelers! . . . Amtrak Guest Rewards
is offering double points on all routes, all fall, until December 19. You must register in advance by using Amtrak.com or calling Amtrak.
. . . Isn’t it great when there is good OTP consistently? This summer has seen outstanding performance.

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Family Fun Event with Activities from Paso Robles to Santa Maria – October 8-12, 2009. A variety of free events and activities will take place at numerous railroad, historical and educational locations throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties. See their website announcement at www.ccrf.com

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Any Excuse Is Good For A Train Trip   September 25th, 2009

Report and Photos by Noel T. Braymer

Noel 100_2649 Metrolink to Lancaster 9PMRecently I had a free Saturday afternoon. Since I like to go for rides and I always need more photos for the Newsletter it was a good time for a train ride. Metrolink has a weekend train that leaves at 2:10 PM out of Oceanside to Los Angeles and a train to get me back home by 10:45 PM.
(NOTE: PHOTOS have now been added to this report. Photo right shows a 9 PM Metrolink train to Lancaster at LAUS.)

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LOSSAN BREAKTHROUGH?   September 15th, 2009

Commentary by Paul Dyson, RailPAC President
The September 9th LOSSAN Board meeting at Oceanside may well be regarded as a turning point in bringing some rationality and common sense to the governance and operation of this corridor. And it perhaps was appropriate that the meeting was held at Oceanside, the site of the “Berlin Wall” between Metrolink and Coaster services.

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TRACKING RAIL NEWS . . .   September 10th, 2009

. . . PHOTOS and Commentary by Russ Jackson

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. . . The Solano County city of Vallejo had some good economic news this month when Caltrans announced that Althom will open a Mare Island facility in October to overhaul all 66 California cars on a $13.1 million contract. Door replacement, wheelchair lift upgrades and one wreck repair. The deal will take two years at the 112,000 sq ft facility on that closed Navy base. Photo shows Capitol Corridor Managing Director, Gene Skoropowski, boarding a Capitol train at the Suisun station.

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CA Corridors Stats for July and August   September 10th, 2009

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

I apologize for the ‘combined July and August reports’. Future reports should return to their usual month-by-month issuance.
Ridership numbers in California and across the nation continue to be lower
than a year ago (2008).However, upon further comparison to 2007, the 2009 numbers are revealing that there is still a +10-15% growth above two years ago (2007) in Northern California.

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Editorial By Noel T. Braymer

This August there have been many news stories about opposition to the construction of High Speed Rail in Northern California. This opposition has even led a Judge in Sacramento to order a revaluation of the Environmental Impact Reports for the High Speed Rail Project between Gilroy and San Francisco. There are two groups leading this opposition. There is one group generally small but very loud that wants High Speed Rail in the Altamont Pass, not the Pacheco Pass or else nothing for anyone. People like this are difficult to talk to when their idea of a dialogue is to shout louder.

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San Francisco Bay Bridge reopens   September 9th, 2009

What was the effect on Amtrak?

September 9, 2009. Report by Gene Poon HPIM1054 The closure of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge over the Labor Day weekend for scheduled construction forced Amtrak to make adjustments to all of its schedules that utilize Thruway Bus service to reach San Francisco from Oakland or Emeryville. Normal Thruway service was cancelled from 8 pm Thursday, September 3 through 5 am Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

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