Provide Your Feedback on New California Car Design

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Now’s your chance to voice your opinion on the next generation of California Cars – the  national standardized railcar. We posted a story a few days ago with information on the new cars.  We invite you to check that story out and then visit Amtrak California’s virtual open house (available until May 28, 2010).   […]

RailPAC addresses SJVRC on BFD-LAX Gap

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Statement by Bill Kerby, RailPAC Director and Treasurer
at the April 29, 2010 meeting in Fresno, CA
Three events motivate this statement:

Development of ideas at the joint RailPAC/NARP meeting in Los Angeles on April 17
Joint agreement proposals among regional railroads and the HSR
The 29th anniversary of the last run of the SP San Joaquin Daylight from Sacramento to […]

RailPAC writes Boardman regarding Daily Sunset Corridor Service


Dear Mr. Boardman:

Having heard no announcements regarding the proposal to introduce a daily Sunset/Eagle we conclude that negotiations are continuing with Union Pacific regarding the operating details, schedules, etc. It seems to us that if there is capacity for a train three days a week there should be capacity daily, especially given the major investments in double tracking that UP has made over the past few years. We hope these negotiations bear fruit in the very near future.
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National Train Day Events


National Train Day is approaching fast and we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some events taking place around the state on May 8, 2010!  2010 marks Amtrak’s third year celebrating America’s love of train travel.  It’s a perfect day to get your kids, family and neighbors to discover the benefits of traveling by […]

Getting There is Less and Less Fun

Editorial By Noel T. Braymer
Transportation is second only to housing of the cost of living for most people. Flying today often means crowded planes, long waits because of annoying security searches and sudden cancellations. Rail passenger service what little there is of it is no less subject to disruption. Generally we are dependent on our […]

Coalition Building at Steel Wheels Conference

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Commentary by Paul Dyson, President
This year at Steel Wheels in California we tried a couple of innovations.  While most of the day consisted of the usual (excellent) presentations by politicians and industry professionals, we also put together a forum of passenger rail advocates from different groups to discuss High Speed Rail, and to attempt to […]

Steel Wheels in California Presentations

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As promised, we are providing the files presented on April 17, 2010 at Steel Wheels in California, our annual RailPAC/NARP Joint Annual Meeting.  Some files are large, so please be patient.

Program with speaker biographies

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March California Intercity Passenger Rail Performance

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Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, CCJPA
For the first time in 13 months ridership for the Capitol Corridor increased compared to the same period in the prior year.  For March 2010 ridership increased 5.8% compared to March 2009. Most notable is this ridership reporting period included significant train service delays due to the second phase (February 22 – […]