On Saturday, March 19 Chair Richard Katz provided opening comments for the 4th Annual Steel Wheels in California conference hosted by RailPAC and NARP. Over 200 rail professionals gathered in the L.A. Metro board room for a conference providing information and education to “opinion formers and decision makers” and grass roots supporters of the rail industry. Chairman Katz spoke about Metrolink’s commitment to safety, specifically as it applies to insisting that the 2015 federal mandate for PTC implemented not be extended.

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Don Sepulveda joins Metro   March 30th, 2011

Don Sepulveda has joined Metro has the Executive Officer – Regional Rail.   Don will be leading the regional rail team in working on matters related to high speed rail, Metrolink and intercity rail corridors (such as I-5 and the LOSSAN corridor).

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On March 3, 2011, the Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC) led a tour of the rail line from San Jose to Soledad. Elected officials, agency staff and other interested persons rode the Amtrak Coast Starlight from San Jose to Soledad, with a stop in Salinas.

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We understand that the Federal Railroad Administration plans to re-allocate HSR funds that Florida has refused to accept.  California is among the states vying for a share of the $2.4 billion available.

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As promised, we are providing the files presented on March 19, 2011 at Steel Wheels in California. Some files are large, so please be patient.

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Report by Dennis Lytton, RailPAC Director and NARP Council Representative

Saturday I attended the joint meeting of RailPAC and NARP at the Los Angeles Metro headquarters building at [Los Angeles] Union Station.

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Photos and Comments by Russ Jackson

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Photos and Comments by Russ Jackson

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Our “Louisiana Purchase”?   March 17th, 2011

Commentary by Paul Dyson, President

Not quite, but a big step forward.

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