Boardman response to Dyson 10-30-09   October 30th, 2009

October 30, 2009
Mr. Paul J. Dyson
President
Rail Passenger Association of California
1017 L Street #217
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Mr. Dyson: (Paul)
Thank you for your letters dated October 28 and 29, 2009. I concur that last weekend’s service disruption was unacceptable.

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NOTE: Detailed reports of the incidents to which Mr. Dyson refers in the letter below are printed in the November Western Rail Passenger Review which will be mailed this week. To join RailPAC, see the “Membership” link in the right column. -Ed.

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Report and PHOTOS by Marcia Johnston, RailPAC Sacramento Director
MVC-129S
The Downtown-Natomas Airport [Green Line to the River District] Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on Monday, October 12th at Richards Boulevard and Seventh Street.

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Posted in Reports

October 24, 2009 RailPAC San Carlos meeting Paul-Art-Gene 10-09
Combined Report by (first) Noel T. Braymer and (second) by Anthony Lee
; Photos by Mr. Braymer and Bill Kerby, RailPAC Treasurer Photo right shows Mr. Skoropowski with Paul Dyson and Art Lloyd. Details below.

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PaulDyson testifies to Assembly 2 10-09
October 22, 2009
By Paul Dyson, President of the Rail Passengers Association of California
Photos by Bill Kerby, RailPAC Treasurer

Chairman Davis, Vice Chairman Fletcher, and Committee members:
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have no money, therefore we must think”.

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Posted in Commentary

Saturday, October 24, On the Peninsula!
Location:
Samtrans HQ Auditorium
, 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos about a block from the San Carlos Caltrain stationCaltrain San Carlos station.
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Plenty of choices for restaurants in the locality.
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Gene Skoropowski, Capitol Corridor Managing Director. Your chance to say goodbye to Gene, who retires in November.
  • Rod Diridon, California High Speed Rail Authority Board member. Catch up on high speed rail progress.
  • NEW SMART, the Sonoma-Marin commuter rail project will be represented! Check here for updated information.
    Fee: Suggested minimum $10 donation at the door.
    But, Please RSVP to info@railpac.org
    so we can plan for the space.

    Posted in Events

    Report by Robert Manning, RailPAC Director

    It was suggested that I attend the TEMPO meeting which was held Saturday, September 26, 2009 in Temple, Texas. I had heard of this group, but their web site which I thought was rather bland did not give much detail or an agenda regarding this meeting. I was also told that this group saved the Amtrak train, the Texas Eagle, which was slated to be cut.

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    The New Transportation Lobby   October 14th, 2009

    Editorial By Noel T. Braymer

    I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone on TV or Radio says something like “The Government can’t do anything right!” Life is never perfect, but we depend on many government services which generally work fine. An example of this would be indoor plumbing. These are basic services which government provides. Government is also good at raising tax dollars in large amounts to pay for needed projects which private industry wouldn’t find profitable. We take clean water and sanitation for granted. But 100 years ago indoor plumbing wasn’t universal in this country. Poor countries to this day often don’t have clean water or proper sanitation. The result is water borne bacteria are a leading cause for illness and death in poor countries.

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    Posted in Editorials

    BoardmanDysonManningSmith100809October 8, 2009
    Reported by Paul Dyson, RailPAC President
    I was very pleased to accept an invitation from Joe Boardman to meet him at Los Angeles Union Station today on Board the “Beech Grove” business car. Mr. Boardman was making a brief stopover during an inspection and meet the troops tour. I invited RailPAC VP South James Smith and Director Bob Manning from the Coachella Valley to join me.

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    Posted in Reports

    April 2007 001 September 25, 2009, Monterey
    Reported by Chris Flescher, RailPAC Associate Director, Salinas

    There is currently a capacity study being made for the Coast Daylight train. San Luis Obispo and TAMC have each given $500,000 to help fund the study. There is still an issue of UP and Caltrans lacking an agreement on what capacity improvements are needed to allow the Coast Daylight train.
    Photo of 799 at San Luis Obispo station by Russ Jackson.

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    Posted in Reports