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 and they believe by lowering carbon levels it would prevent climate change. Other people support the law because it would reduce California’s and the Nation’s dependence on oil, particularly foreign oil. Supporting AB 32 is George Shultz. George Shultz was in the Cabinet of both Presidents Nixon and Reagan. He was Secretary of State under Reagan. Before that he was a Marine Corps Officer during World War II and a Professor of Economics. Mr. Shultz believes reducing oil dependence is critical to American Security. Shell Oil with headquarters in Europe supports AB 32. Such legislation is common in Europe and many other countries around the world. The other major oil companies: Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP and ExxonMobil are neutral about AB 32.

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Coast Starlight on Google Transit   September 24th, 2010

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 to add data on the Coast Starlight route in late 2008.  In July 2009, Amtrak launched the 3 Amtrak California routes on Google Transit with CSCN testing those routes.  I’ve been testing the Coast Starlight route on Google Transit over the last few months and this morning the route officially went live.

Try planning a trip anywhere on the West Coast, and if you are traveling between cities served by the Coast Starlight, you’ll see the option show up.  I planned a mock trip between Seattle and Los Angeles so that you can see the overview of the entire route.

A trip planned from Seattle to Los Angeles using Google Transit

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Burbank Airport Authority Presentation   September 22nd, 2010

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.

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September 15, 2010 Meeting in Suisun City

Reported by Michael Barnbaum, Associate Director

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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 with a 3% increase over August 2009.

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Who will build this train?   September 9th, 2010

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

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How About a High Speed San Joaquin?   September 9th, 2010

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer

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Tracking Rail News: September 2010   September 8th, 2010

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

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We have a New Number   September 1st, 2010

RailPAC has a new number:

Of course you can reach us at any time by phone or email.

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