TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

June 7, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director
The commuter rail extension (Gilroy to Salinas) is now in the right of way acquisition phase.  The committee has issued a request for proposals in 3 categories: acquisition agent, legal services, and on-call appraisal. For the on-call group, the committee received 8 proposals. They recommend [...]

Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board Meeting Report

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June 16, 2010 Meeting in Oakland
Reported by Michael Barnbaum, Associate Director

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors Meeting was held at the BART Boardroom in Oakland.  There were as many as ten out of the sixteen total directors present for this particular meeting.
The Meeting opened with remarks from Chair Jim Holmes of Placer County.  [...]

How fast can Trains run between Los Angeles and San Diego?

Comments by Noel T. Braymer
Governor Schwarzenegger recently proposed service between Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego in 2 hours and 10 minutes. This will be a “demonstration project” to give Californians a taste of Higher Speed Rail. So far there haven’t been many more facts about this project beyond a deadline of November, 2 months [...]

May California Intercity Passenger Rail Performance

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Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, CCJPA
The Capitol Corridor yielded positive results for May 2010 compared to May 2009 in all relevant performance statistics – ridership, revenue, and on-time performance.  Ridership for May was 1.4% above last year as was revenue (+2.9%).  On-time performance (OTP) set the record for the fiscal year at 95.9% – making the service [...]

Tracking Rail News: June 2010

Comments and PHOTOS by Russ Jackson

. . . Good news for Los Angeles Union Station. The lack of a variety of food items available in the LAUS waiting room has been lessened with the news that by July Peets Coffee and Tea, Subway Sandwiches, and Wetzel’s Pretzels will open, and later in the [...]

Dunsmuir Railroad Days

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Dunsmuir, California is a historic train town that celebrates Railroad Days annually. This year’s event is taking place June 11-13 at the Dunsmuir Amtrak Station. We are excited that Dunsmuir is wanting to increase awareness of the Coast Starlight this year. RailPAC and Coast Starlight Communities Network will have materials displayed. [...]