Metro/OCTA to CAHSRA: LA-Anaheim should be revisited

Arthur T. Leahy (CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation) and Will Kempton (CEO, Orange County Transportation Authority) write to Curt Pringle (Chairman, California High Speed Rail Authority) asking CAHSPA to revisit the concept of a rational shared use option in the Anaheim to Los Angeles segment.

Click here to read the letter.

February California Intercity Passenger Rail Performance

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Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, CCJPA
Ridership for the Capitol Corridor in February 2010 continued to decline compared to February 2009 and 2008, but the monthly loss was less than prior month comparisons. Ridership for February 2010 was down by 4.7% and while the service was impacted by the second phase of the tie renewal program (February 22 […]

There is Plenty of Traffic on the Weekends

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer
Recently I was watching on a local access cable TV channel a discussion about plans to add 4 more lanes between Del Mar and Oceanside on the I-5 Freeway. The panel had representatives from Caltrans and SANDAG the planning agency for San Diego County. These 4 new lanes would be a […]

San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee Meeting Report

February 11, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Michael Barnbaum, Associate Director
The San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee met February 11th and for the first time since October of 2009. The meeting took place inside the Castle Conference Center in Atwater. A special stop located at a railroad crossing directly across the street from the Castle Conference Center […]

Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board Meeting Report

February 17, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Michael Barnbaum, Associate Director
The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board met for the first time in 2010 and for the first time under Managing Director David Kutrosky. Chair Jim Holmes representing the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency called the meeting to order. He reported on the legislative meeting that took […]

Is CA HSR on Track for Successful Implementation?

A small shift in priorities could produce major benefits sooner and help build public support.

Commentary by Ralph James, RailPAC Member, Alta, Blue Canyon CA
NOTE: This article also appears in a shorter version in the March Western Rail Passenger Review.

Prioritizing the order of expenditure on public projects which may span many years can have […]

CRCC Technical Committee Meeting Report

February 26, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Dennis Story, RailPAC Director
The Coast Rail Coordinating Council Technical Committee meeting was held at the Derby Club, Seaside Park in Ventura on Friday, 2/26/10 from 11:00AM to 12:30PM.
Attendees: Pete Rodgers (SLOCOG), Bill Bronte (Caltrans Rail Division), Jonathan Hutchison (phone), Mike Powers (SBCAG), Scott Spaulding (SBCAG), Vic Kamhi (VCTC), Ed Skytt (SBCAG […]

TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

February 1, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director

King City Rail Station Planning Area
Several studies have been done which support re-establishing the train station.
One study says that reusing the existing station building is possible, by keeping the existing grade crossings but utilizing some signaling improvements.  If no grade separations are necessary, that would reduce the […]