The Rail Passenger Association of California, aka RailPAC, is a division of non-profit Citizens For Rail California, Inc. (CRC), dba Rail Passenger Association of California. CRC was incorporated in 1977. RailPAC was formed in 1984 with the new title, which more accurately described the purposes of the organization.
The RailPAC Mission: Passenger rail advocacy, Publications…both print and electronic, Representation at regional meetings, and Rail education. Join us! More memberships increase our strength in presenting the case for rail to policymakers at all levels!
This simple statement appears at the top of each “page” on our website, www.railpac.org, on the back cover of the Steel Wheels publication, and on the weekly electronic newsletter so everyone knows what RailPAC is and what we do. As it also says on the back cover, we are legally a non-profit corporation organized under 501(C)(3), and donations are tax deductible.
Being a “citizens” group means we advocate and participate in the growth of passenger rail not only in California and Nevada, but we are involved in helping to shape the national scene so that not only our members, but everyone has an opportunity to travel by rail whether it is across the country or within the communities where we live. Active participation means all “citizens” who are like-minded are encouraged to join us and work toward goals that will continue to deliver fiscally responsible, safe, reliable, and frequent passenger rail service. RailPAC will continue to provide you with information, and will represent your views.
Not yet a RailPAC member? We invite you to join today! Simply complete the membership form on the back page, or join online at www.railpac.org using a major credit card. Your membership dues will help support RaiPAC’s work and aid in expanding and improving passenger rail service. Our members receive a copy of Steel Wheels in the mail every other month and a weekly e-newsletter where they enjoy reading about current issues affecting passenger rail service throughout California and the West. We welcome your comments and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or415-787-2252.
Thank you for joining us!
Immense progress in bringing passenger rail service to California has been accomplished, and many RailPAC advocate members have been instrumental in forming, promoting and supporting the new services. Visit our Contacts page to see who we are. Members meet with officials and the membership at every opportunity.
RailPAC has a nationwide presence, working not only with agencies but with other rail advocacy groups to improve and expand rail passenger service in California, Nevada, and other western states. See these groups through our Links page.
Look at our Issues page for current issues and how we are addressing them. New members are urged to participate in their local rail projects and join us for statewide representation. See the Membership page for information about how to join!
A copy of our by-laws can be downloaded here.
A Short History of California Passenger Rail since 1984
In 1984 Amtrak, as part of its national system, ran only 2 San Joaquin trains daily, where there are now 6; 6 San Diegans (now called the Pacific Surfliner) where there are now 12; and no Capitols where there are now 16 daily round trips! All are funded by Caltrans and California taxpayers, as well are riders at the fare box, andoperated through partnerships with the BNSF and/or Union Pacific Railroad.
In 1984 only Caltrain was running a commuter train service. Metrolink, Coaster, and ACE all started in the 1990′s with strong support from RailPAC members working in their areas to bring new rail service. These services are mostly funded by local agencies, taxpayers, and riders.