Metrolink CEO Kicks off Steel Wheel in California

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 […]

Don Sepulveda joins Metro

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).

Done comes to Metro after spending his career in the private sector as a consulting engineer. […]

Officials Tour Rail Line: San Jose to Soledad

Boarding Starlight in San Jose

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.

Dave Potter, Monterey County District 1 supervisor and Chair of […]

Steel Wheels in California 2011 Presentations

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.


Richard Katz
Chairman, SCRRA / Metro Board Member
Gene Skoropowski (presentation coming soon!)
Consultant to the LOSSAN Board, HNTB

William Duggan
General Manager – West, Amtrak

Andrew Selden
Vice President, […]

Commentary on the March 19th RailPAC/NARP Annual Conference

By Noel T. Braymer
Richard Katz, former State Assemblyman, Chairman of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) and LA Metro Board Member was the first speaker. He mostly talked about the organizations like SCRRA, LAMTA and CHSRA (California High Speed Rail Authority) that he helped vote into existence and have sat and or are on […]

HSR, Commuter Rail discussed at Steel Wheels in CA

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.

The day of presentations included updates from Metrolink’s CEO on future plans including express service to start in May and PTC implementation. Californians for High Speed Rail’sDaniel Krause […]

Tracking Rail News: March 2011 (Grand finale)

Photos and Comments by Russ Jackson

. . . Rail fans all over the country were chasing newly re-painted Amtrak P-42 locomotive 145 in February as it toured the country leading various Amtrak long distance trains. The new paint job is in Amtrak’s “heritage” colors to commemorate Amtrak’s 40 year anniversary coming up […]

Our “Louisiana Purchase”?

Commentary by Paul Dyson, President
Not quite, but a big step forward.

I am of course writing about the acquisition of Los Angeles Union Station by Los Angeles County MTA, with the participation of the California High Speed Rail Authority. While there are still some details to be worked out and contracts finalized it seems safe to say […]