How LA went from “don’t need rail” to “can’t live without it.” April 28th, 2012
Opinion and History by Noel T. Braymer. Photos by the author.
Arriving at Los Angeles Union Station today what first strikes you are the crowds.
eNewsletter for April 23, 2012 April 27th, 2012
If the Central Valley HSR line is finished by 2017 and the San Joaquin Trains are moved to it as proposed, what happens to the stations at Wasco, Corcoran, Hanford and Madera? Will the San Joaquins be able to get to these stations from the new rail line, will new replacement stations be built or will these cities lose their rail service? Will the San Joaquins still run south of Merced after 2022 when HSR service runs between Merced and the San Fernando Valley?
eNewsletter for April 16, 2012 April 20th, 2012
Amtrak is talking about overcrowding on the NEC, yet for years the load factors of the Long Distance trains like the Southwest Chief have been almost double those of all corridor trains including on the NEC. The problem is the Long Distance trains are often sold out and can’t increase capacity because of a shortage of equipment. With more cars trains can carry more passengers and produce more revenues. In the case of the Southwest Chief having sections to Denver, to Oakland via the San Joaquin Valley and a Mid-West connection at Kansas City to the East Coast would dramatically increase ridership for Amtrak and gain more political support for Amtrak than pushing for a tunnel that is mostly needed for commuter service to New York City.
Why California needs a single statewide rail coordinator April 18th, 2012
Statement by William Kerby, Rail Passenger Association of California and Nevada on AB 1779
NOTE: Mr. Kerby presented this statement to the California Assembly Transportation Committee meeting in April, 2012.
An independent joint powers authority propelled successful growth of Capitol Corridor service and now leaders of the San Joaquin corridor seek similar success with the creation of a joint powers authority (JPA) with Senate Bill 1779.
Huge controversy surrounds Sacramento railyards/Downtown arena plans April 16th, 2012
Commentary by Chuck Robuck, RailPAC member, and former head of the CC Riders group. Edited by Russ Jackson
Subject: Latest Design Concept for Downtown Arena & Intermodal Transportation Facility NOTE: The comments, map, and links below are provided by Mr. Robuck.
eNewsletter for April 9, 2012 April 13th, 2012
RailPAC Board Endorses High Speed Rail Business Plan April 6, 2012 Board calls for highest priority for “Bridging the Gap” between Bakersfield and Los Angeles. Interim service offerings and the blended approach will only be successful if passengers are offered a single seat ride between the maximum number of origins and destinations. While endorsing Caltrain electrification RailPAC Board calls for a rolling program of electrification and standardized rolling stock to reduce costs. A new route from Palmdale to Sylmar is vital to provide competitive journey times.
eNewsletter for April 2, 2012 April 7th, 2012
Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate Whitehouse.gov (press release) – Mar 29, 2012Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, of California, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years …It is about time! For too long California has been ignored in Washington about Amtrak service. The last active Californian on the Amtrak Board was appointed by Ronald Reagan. Now to see what the Senate will do. NB TRANSPORTATION: Congress fails to pass long-term highway bill Press-Enterprise – Mar 29, 2012
RailPAC Board Endorses High Speed Rail Business Plan April 6th, 2012
For release April 6, 2012.