What AB 32 and Rail Service have in Common

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer

AB 32 is a law passed and signed into law in California back in September 27, 2006. Its goal is to reduce the state’s emission of carbon back to 1990 levels by 2020. This law has broad bi-partisan support. Environmentalists support the law because it would clean the air […]

Coast Starlight on Google Transit

A trip planned from Seattle to Los Angeles using Google Transit

Report by Jarrod DellaChiesa, RailPAC Director and Coast Starlight Communities Network Project Coordinator
It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Coast Starlight is now live on Google Transit!
In early 2008, the Coast Starlight Communities Network first suggested that Amtrak share their routes on Google Transit.  CSCN began working with Amtrak and Google directly […]

Burbank Airport Authority Presentation

Pictured is Airport Executive Director Dan Feger pointing to the location of the center on the aerial photo in his office.  Dan commutes on Metrolink daily from his home in Oxnard.

On Monday September 20th, 2010, RailPAC President Paul Dyson attended the regular meeting of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, the JPA that operates Burbank Bob Hope Airport.

On behalf of RailPAC Paul presented Authority President Frank Quintero with a plaque marking the occasion of the authorization by Burbank City Council to proceed with construction of the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center.
The new center […]

Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board Meeting Report

September 15, 2010 Meeting in Suisun City
Reported by Michael Barnbaum, Associate Director

Nine out of a total sixteen directors were present, barely constituting a majority of Directors for this meeting. After Roll Call and the Pledge of Allegiance, Chair Holmes (Placer County) addressed the audience in his “Report of the Chair” time on the microphone. […]

August California Intercity Passenger Rail Performance

Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, CCJPA

Performance continues to improve on the Capitol Corridor compared to monthly results from 2009.  In fact, ridership has increased each of the last 6 months, closing the gap on decreases earlier in the fiscal year.  August 2010 ridership was 138,739, a 5% increase over August 2009.  Revenue mirrored the ridership results […]

Who will build this train?

Interesting Quote from the June issue of Railway Age Magazine article “Who will build this train?”

…Realistically, observers and supporters say, at least $50 billion in guaranteed federal HSR funding is needed to attract state dollars and private investment. The Obama Administration’s financial commitment is, again, a start, and there’s momentum in Congress to expand it….
Seeing […]

How About a High Speed San Joaquin?

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer

No doubt the call by RailPAC to build HSR between Bakersfield and Los Angeles first at the San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee meeting on July 29, 2010 and extend the San Joaquin trains on it to Southern California didn’t go over well with the California High […]

Tracking Rail News: September 2010

Comments by Russ Jackson
Photos by Mike Palmer, Bob Snow, James Washington and Russ Jackson

Train 5 in the trench at the Reno, NV, station on August 19
This month we will track the On Time Performance of Amtrak Train 5 the California Zephyr that departed Chicago on August 21, as it traveled west to arrive […]