eNewsletter for October 8, 2012   October 12th, 2012

Big-rig driver can’t explain how Amtrak crash happened Morris Daily Herald-Oct 3, 2012 HANFORD, Calif. (MCT) — The driver who slammed his big rig into an Amtrak train Monday afternoon in central California wasn’t impaired at … Perhaps what is needed is PTC: Positive TRUCK Control to keep truckers from driving into occupied rail crossings! NB

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Why RailPAC supports High Speed Rail
Why RailPAC is not a cheerleader for the CHSRA

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Opinion by Noel T. Braymer

With the Governor’s signing of SB 1225, LOSSAN now has the legal authority to reorganize itself into a Joint Powers Authority. This will give it administrative control over the Pacific Surfliners instead of Caltrans as well as financial responsibility for those trains. Since the legislation allows but doesn’t mandate the creation of a Joint Powers Authority, it will be up to the Counties belonging the current LOSSAN Joint Powers Agency to work out an agreement before taking over administration of the Surfliners which isn’t likely before 2015. Already LA Metro (the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) has applied for the job of Managing Agency for the Surfliners. Soon we will see how the other Counties feel about LA Metro’s proposal. San Diego County in particular but other smaller counties as well in the past have expressed concerned about Los Angeles County dominating the agenda of a new LOSSAN JPA. Hashing out these issues has been an ongoing process all this summer.

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eNewslettter for October 1, 2012   October 6th, 2012

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on behalf of the departments of transportation from Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri issued a Notice of Intent to Award today to Sumitomo Corporation of America to design, build, and deliver 130 bi-level passenger railcars for use in regional intercity rail corridors in California and the Midwest. The Notice of Intent to Award does not signify that a contract has been awarded but that a potential vendor has been identified. Caltrans Rail Division has been a major player in this Car Order and much credit goes to Rail Division’s Chief Bill Bronte. NB

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Each month we will select some recent photos, and/or archived photos by RailPAC photographers.

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