eNewsletter for September 26, 2011

More rail service could spring from new agency
SignOnSanDiego.com – Sep 23, 2011
The San Diego-LA-San Luis Obisbo rail corridor — known as LOSSAN to officials … no farther than Northern California for a role model: the Capitol Corridor …

September 26, 2011
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eNewsletter for September 19, 2011

Suit in fatal NV Amtrak crash says door locked
San Jose Mercury News – Sept 15, 2011
Another lawsuit filed against Amtrak in the fatal crash with a truck in Nevada this summer blames a locked door on the train for making the disaster worse …

September 19, 2011
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eNewsletter for September 12, 2011

There are now just 6 more grade crossings left between Los Angeles and Fullerton. Last week the final funding was approved to finish triple tracking between Los Angeles and Fullerton. These project don’t just help passenger rail service. They insure that freight service isn’t effected by passenger trains, they eliminate traffic back up at crossings, [...]

Infrastructure: Pay for it Now, or You Will Later!

Opinion by Noel T. Braymer
Most people heard about the power outage on Thursday September 8th in the San Diego area. I was caught in the middle of it. Nothing forces you to realize how much “civilized” life depends or how much we take infrastructure for granted until it fails. People couldn’t work because because they [...]

Amtrak advisory, and a comment

See the special commentary at the end.
Special employee advisory
September 8, 2011

Message from Joe Boardman
Dear Co-workers,
The House Transportation Housing and Urban Development Appropriations
Subcommittee has released a proposal for FY ’12 that would significantly reduce Amtrak’s federal funding, specifically the operating support.
The proposal also prohibits the use of federal operating funds provided to [...]

eNewsletter for September 6, 2011

Prop 1A which approved up to almost 10 billion dollars in state bonds for High Speed Rail also had a provision for a Peer Review Group to oversee the project to see that it was well managed and money not wasted… This group, none of whom are paid for their services is under the leadership [...]

eNewsletter for August 29, 2011

…What is the history of rail during  major earthquakes? During the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989 many buildings and several roads suffered damage. The Bay Bridge had to be shut down and a large section of viaduct for the Nimitz Freeway in Oakland was destroyed. Caltrain ran on the night of the earthquake. BART was [...]

Some Amtrak California Zephyr Service to Resume

Trains 5 & 6 to operate between California and Colorado this weekend
Reported by Amtrak and Gene Poon

CHICAGO – Daily service by the Amtrak California Zephyr between San
Francisco Bay Area and Denver will resume this weekend, effective with
the departure of eastbound Train 6 from Emeryville, Calif., on Sept. 3,
and the westbound Train 5 from Denver on [...]