eNewsletter – April 25, 2011

Suppose that we begin by integrating four regional long distance trains serving 16 stations each. If operated as four independent trains they would have 960 city pairs (240 per train). But if they operated as an integrated rail system they would generate a system of 64 stations connected by four integrated trains. Such a system [...]

eNewsletter – April 18, 2011

The news that there will be cutbacks in High Speed Rail funding in the coming years by the Federal Government is unwelcome but not unexpected by RailPAC. RailPAC has long been concerned that much of the planning for the California High Speed Rail Project has until recently been unrealistic about available [...]

March CA Intercity Passenger Rail Performance

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

Capitol Corridor’s March 2011 performance statistics are in and it’s clear that January and February’s results were not anomalies. Double-digit increases continue as ridership and revenue results once again set new monthly thresholds: A remarkable 148,198 passengers boarded our trains compared to 133,987 during the same period last [...]

What is being planned for our future?

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer

It is ironic that at the same time some politicians are busy opposing expanding rail service and alternative energy to fossil fuels; we now see years of frustration blowing up through out the Middle East as one by one dictators are being pushed out or threaten in this region. This [...]

Amtrak Updates Fleet Strategy Plan

Commentary by Jarrod DellaChiesa, Director
I wish this was an April Fools prank, but it isn’t.
Amtrak today released an updated Fleet Strategy Plan, but not suprisingly, all attention is still focused on single-level services and the NEC.  Electric locomotives (to be made in California) and single-level cars have been ordered, and Amtrak announced in February that [...]