Editorial by Noel T. Braymer
The decisions by the newly elected Governors of Ohio and Wisconsin to pull their states out of the High Speed Rail Stimulus funding program have led to the recent announcement of 624 million dollars of that money will be redirected to California. This was on top of 715 million the state was recently awarded for HSR construction in the San Joaquin Valley which brought to 3 billion dollars the state had received from the Federal Government. The CAHSRA had seemingly out of the blue announced plans just after Thanksgivings to spend 4.3 billion dollars for 65 miles of the first leg of HSR construction between Corcoran and Borden with Fresno in the middle. Eleven out of the 65 miles will be needed to connect this new trackage to the BNSF north of Fresno allowing the trackage to be usable by other trains. Called by many the train to nowhere this segment had limited utility and the fact it was only in one congressional district didn’t go over well with other elected officials. This additional 624 million which will be matched with Prop 1A bond money will now bring the total available for construction to $5.5 billion. This should be enough to extend the new tracks almost 55 miles from Corcoran to near Bakersfield for a total of 120 miles making this a more viable project. Read the rest of this entry »
Tracking Rail News: January 2011 January 18th, 2011
Comments by Russ Jackson and photos by Noel Braymer, Bob Snow and Russ Jackson
. . . December: What a month for weather on Amtrak! The country was treated to real wintry weather, some places had snow for the first time in history, the Northeast Corridor between New York and Boston was closed, and California was not spared. Here are some highlights, as of December 27: On December 22 service south of Oceanside on the Surf Line, Amtrak Pacific Surfliners and the Coaster, were canceled. Slides at Califa Beach, the San Mateo Creek and San Onofre Creek running out to sea, a mile long washout in the flood area in Sorrento Valley, and the construction bridge at the Santa Margarita River was destroyed. By the evening of December 23 service was restored by Amtrak and NCTD.
NCTD: Lower Fares and Longer Service Hours January 18th, 2011
North Coast Transit District is happy to announce lower fares and longer service hours take effect this week on all of our modes (Coaster and Sprinter). Below is a printable PDF with the new COASTER price matrix and new SPRINTER schedule with late-night trains.
December CA Intercity Passenger Rail Performance January 18th, 2011
Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, CCJPA
(Download: December 2010 Performance Report)
In December, Capitol Corridor was given the gifts of impressive ridership, revenue and on-time performance thresholds, ending the calendar year with an abundance of positive performance results. Ridership was up 5 percent compared to the same period last year, revenue was up 10 percent and the Capitol Corridor’s on-time performance was 97 percent—number one in the nation! Read the rest of this entry »
LOSSAN Rail Corridor Scoping Meetings January 10th, 2011
January 10, 2011 - 5:00 – 7:00 PM
METRO Board Room
One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA