TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

January 10, 2011 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director
The environmental review for the Monterey Branch Line is now under way.  The RPC has attended some meetings and will attend some more.  The RPC has made a few changes, such as altering the path of the rails through the Window on Bay Park, and removing one [...]

RailPAC 2011 Annual Meeting

CITIZENS FOR RAIL CALIFORNIA, INC.
A California Non-Profit Corporation (#813820 4/26/1977)
d..b.a. The Rail Passenger Association of California & Nevada

NOTICE OF 2011 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The annual membership meeting of CITIZENS FOR RAIL CALIFORNIA, INC. will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at the board room at the headquarters building of the Los [...]

Is HSR a Cargo Cult for California?

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer

During and shortly after World War II poor and isolated islanders in the South Pacific believed that with prayers and crude homemade airstrips they could attract planes to land and deliver “cargo”. These people were hoping to get some of the vast material wealth used to fight World War II [...]

January CA Intercity Passenger Rail Performance

Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, CCJPA
(Download:  January 2011 Performance Report)

The Capitol Corridor achieved amazing performance results for January 2011.  Ridership in January soared a remarkable 11 percent compared to January 2010.  A record-breaking 130,863 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains, making January 2011 ridership and revenue thresholds the highest January results in the history of the service.  Along [...]

Tracking Rail News: February 2011

. . . Photos and Comments by Russ Jackson
Two Amtrak California trainsets at the Sacramento station powered by Amtrak P-42 locomotives.
. . . On January 10 Governor Brown introduced his proposed budget for FY 2010-11. While major reductions are in store for “everyone,” that does not apply to the state rail corridor intercity rail [...]

Thank you from the Friends of Caltrain

The Friends of Caltrain attracted an overflow crowd of 200 grassroots community and business groups and residents to our Caltrain Summit a little over a week ago. Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Sierra Club national executive director Michael Brune came to keynote.

RailPAC donated a generous $500 towards its small budget: thank you so much. [...]

Caltrain Summit Meetings: RailPAC was there

By Bruce Jenkins, RailPAC Director, Sunnyvale

Two very successful “summit meetings” were held on the San Francisco Peninsuls in January to address the fiscal crisis of Caltrain. Caltrain is the only transit system in the state of California that does not have a dedicated funding source for it’s operating costs. In all it’s operating [...]