Sacramento Rails: Presentation Files   January 31st, 2010

As promised, we are providing the PowerPoint presentations presented on January 16th.

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Posted in Reports

Reported by Jarrod DellaChiesa, RailPAC Director
In 2009, 29,976 passengers traveled to and from the Hayward station.  It is always surprising how few people even know Hayward has an Amtrak station or that a passenger train passes through our town. 

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Posted in Commentary, Reports

Response to White House HSR Awards   January 28th, 2010

Commentary by Paul Dyson

  • $2.25 Billion for California High Speed Rail. Too little to make even the smallest impact, and relies on California matching funds. Did anyone tell USDOT that California is broke and can’t even issue passenger rolling stock bonds approved three years ago?Beneficiaries: Consultants and engineering firms.
    Blue collar jobs created this year or next? Minimal.
  • $94 million for California Corridors. The Board identified $1 billion for LOSSAN alone. Money spent here could have had a real impact on job creation and on improving mobility over the next ten years.
  • On top of this the Governor is once again raiding operating funds for transit and intercity putting the whole state rail program in jeopardy. I find it hard to imagine a worse outcome in this whole process. It has almost nothing to do with a sensible transportation policy and is entirely driven by short term political considerations.

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    Posted in Commentary

    Commentary by Paul Dyson
    As we contemplate construction of High Speed Rail and electrification of existing routes we need to ask if catenary height an issue. This may seem arcane, almost academic, but it has real implications for the type of railroad network that we want to see here in California. Indeed it raises issues for the whole country.

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    Posted in Commentary

    Reported by Russ Jackson, railpac.org editor, with photos by the author.
    The 60 people who attended the January 16 meeting at the Rail Museum were not disappointed, even on a foggy Saturday in Sacramento. The survival and expansion of rail passenger service was on everyone’s mind, and the speakers were very qualified to discuss the current situation.

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    Posted in Reports

    Senator Barbara Boxer
    Washington DC
    Via Fax
    22nd January, 2010
    CALIFORNIA REPRESENTATION ON AMTRAK BOARD
    Dear Senator Boxer:
    California needs and deserves a representative on the Amtrak Board of Directors. At present there is no Amtrak Board member domiciled west of Illinois.

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    Posted in Issues

    CA Corridors December statistics   January 23rd, 2010

    Reported by DAVID B. KUTROSKY, Managing Director, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
    NOTE: This article contains important future state financial information that Mr. Kutrosky discussed at the RailPAC-NARP Sacramento meeting, which will have impact on the state operated trains.

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    Posted in Commentary

    Report by Noel T. Braymer
    Full House in Sacramento A Full House in Sacramento
    The underlying theme of most of the speakers at the RailPAC/NARP meeting was on the challenges ahead for the State’s Rail Passenger services with future ridership growth in the mist of the current economic problems.

    Compounding this will be the need to expand service to handle ridership growth feeding riders to the future High Speed Rail service. As RailPAC President Paul Dyson reflected attendees at the meeting on January 16th got the level of information that professionals regularly pay up to $500 to learn at industry symposiums. Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in Commentary, Issues

    09-13549-190
    Caltrans Photo

    On January 11, 2010 Eleanor Lloyd died. She was the wife of RailPAC’s Vice-President (North) Art Lloyd for 64 years. Services were held on January 16th 2010.

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    March 2008-2“SACRAMENTO RAILS”
    In the California State Rail Museum meeting room
    where the 2008 annual meeting was held, 111 I Street, just west of the CSRM main building. Minimum Donation: $15, payable in advance: YOU MUST RESERVE BY JANUARY 13! SPACE IS LIMITED to 50, so E-mail info@railpac.org, or call 916-833-4218 to reserve your space NOW. The PayPal option is at the end of this message!
    WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE Armin Kick of Siemens Sacramento will participate. His expertise completes the picture of integrated rail from his task experience from high speed rail rolling stock to light rail.
    PROGRAM: Other Speakers include, RailPAC-NARP’s Paul Dyson; Sacrmento County Supervisor Roger Dickinson; Capitol Corridor’s new Managing Director David Kutrosky; Caltrans Rail Program Chief Bill Bronte; ACE Excecutive Director Stacey Mortensen; Sacramento City DOT’s Hinda Chandler on the Railyards development; Paul Hammond from the CSRM with RailPAC’s Art Lloyd; and an end of meeting DRAWING!

    Click the logo above for your payment of $ 15.00 for: Sacramento Meeting Registration

    Posted in Events