Comments on HSR Thru Riverside August 31st, 2010
Comments Compiled from a RailPAC Member
We were recently contacted by a Professional Engineer who has, until recently, done a small amount of work on the CAHSR project. This is a summary of his report. Apparently the concept designs he cites are in the public domain (e.g. used in public outreach meetings) however the conclusions he offers (and are shared by RailPAC) are decidedly not the CAHSRA “message”.
Travel Observations August 31st, 2010
Comments by RailPAC member Freeman Gosden Jr.
on his recent trip from Santa Barbara-LA-Chicago-Emeryville- Santa Barbara
July California Intercity Passenger Rail Performance August 27th, 2010
Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, CCJPA
July ridership started off weak, but ended up strong as we posted a fiscal year-best of 141,479 passengers for the month. This is a 5.0% increase in ridership above July 2009! Revenue continued its positive trend with +14.7% growth over June 2009. On-time performance (OTP) was 97%, the best result in the history of the Capitol Corridor. Obviously, with these extraordinary results the Capitol Corridor continues be the nation’s OTP leader–it’s the most reliable train service in the Amtrak system. The UPRR continues its commitment to keeping the Capitol Corridor trains on schedule while managing the increased levels of rail freight traffic as the economy begins its slow recovery.
California High Speed Rail Gets Real August 11th, 2010
Editorial by Noel T. Braymer
The California High Speed Rail Authority (CAHSRA) has been often criticized over the high costs and intrusive aspects of some of the alternative routings for the HSR project. In response to problems poised by alternatives for the route between Los Angeles and Anaheim the CEO of LAMETRO Art Leahy and the CEO of the OCTA Will Kempton co-signed a letter to CAHSRA asking for a new and less intrusive alternative last March. On July 8th the CAHSRA released a new alternative following many of the suggestions of the local agencies servicing the Los Angeles to Anaheim route. The result was a much more economical and practical alternative which was much less intrusive for nearby property owners.
The Biggest Obstacle to High Speed Rail in California August 11th, 2010
Opinion by Noel T. Braymer