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. We are legally a non-profit corporation organized under 501(C)(3), and donations are tax deductible.
Our Mission is to promote the development of a modern, sustainable, environmentally friendly passenger rail system through education of the public and government officials.
Our Vision is a comprehensive rail network of long distance, intercity, and regional trains, supported by and integrated with local transit, bicycle access, and pedestrian friendly stations.
We accomplish these objectives via print publications, electronic media, testimony at government hearings, direct contact with elected and agency officials and conferences.
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 or (415) 787-2252.
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.