RailPAC March Review

Commentary by Paul Dyson, RailPAC President
I’ve been looking back at some of my previous commentaries, particularly “High Speed Rail, Stay the Course”, and my more recent “High Speed Rail Dilemma” offering.  Trying to reach a consensus among a couple of thousand passenger rail advocates in California about our largest ever public works project is a […]

My Latest Trip to Sacramento

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer
To get to the RailPAC/NARP meeting in Sacramento on January 16th I once again chose the San Joaquin Bus/Train connection. I have been riding the San Joaquin now for almost 30 years. In that time I have long hoped for direct rail service from Southern California to the San Joaquin Valley […]

Introducing RailPACmobile!

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Reported by Jarrod DellaChiesa, RailPAC Director and Website Editor
As smartphone sales continue to grow, mobile sites are becoming increasingly popular.
Mobile sites take content available on a website and reformat it to look great on mobile platforms.
Today, we’re excited to announce

So, what does RailPACmobile offer?

Site content optimized for iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and other mobile platforms
Pages […]

RailPAC writes Boxer regarding Passenger Rail Safety

SENATOR BARBARA BOXER
Fax to 202 224 0454
22 February, 2010
PASSENGER RAIL SAFETY
Dear Senator Boxer:
First of all may I commend you for your concern about passenger rail safety following the Chatsworth collision last year, and also for spending so much time at the Los Angeles USDOT conference last Friday.  We appreciate your interest in passenger rail.
We exchanged […]

January California Intercity Passenger Rail Performance

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Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, CCJPA
The Capitol Corridor January 2010 ridership showed a decline compared to January 2009 and 2008. Ridership for January 2010 was down by 8.4% primarily due to the first phase of the “tie renewal program” (January 18 – February 14, 2010) between Suisun/Fairfield and Sacramento stations.  Some late-morning and mid-day trains Capitol […]

The High Speed Rail Dilemma

Response to High-Speed rail system:  Leaders mull benefits, fears,  first published in the Burbank Leader on 2/13/10.
Commentary by Paul Dyson
It was great to see the Leader take a close look at the High Speed Rail project on Saturday 13th February.  This huge undertaking is described as the largest public works project in our history and the […]

More on the Coast Starlight China

Reported by Jarrod DellaChiesa, Website Editor and CSCN Project Coordinator
As reported a few days ago, the Coast Starlight is finally doing away with plastic dinnerware and synthetic tablecloths and is re-introducing full china service and linen.  This is exciting because passengers will once again receive a quality Dining Car experience.
Here are some additional details …

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LOSSAN Strategic Implementation Project Manager Position

LOSSAN Board and Technical Advisory Committee Members, Interested Parties:
The Los Angles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (LOSSAN) seeks a project manager to lead the strategic implementation of a corridorwide vision for better integrating our passenger rail services.  The job announcement has been posted to the www.lossan.org website.  The position closes February 25, 2010.
Thanks,
Linda
Linda Culp
Principal Planner – Rail / LOSSAN Staff
San […]

Coast Starlight Re-introduces Real China and Linen

Official Amtrak Press Release
Elegant dinner service aims to improve customer satisfaction
OAKLAND – Beginning today, real china, table linens and glassware are returning to Amtrak’s popular Coast Starlight long-distance train to provide an elegant dining experience for passengers and is the latest service change aimed at further improving customer satisfaction on the west coast route between Los […]

Connectivity Works for High Speed Rail Too

Commentary by Paul Dyson
Our RailPAC/NARP meeting in Las Vegas last December revealed one important nugget.  Guest speaker, Desert Xpress (“DX”) CEO Tom Stone announced that the project team is planning to extend the Las Vegas – Victorville core route across the high desert to Palmdale where it will connect with the California High Speed Rail […]