Restoration of the Desert Wind is needed now!

Commentary by Anthony Lee, RailPAC Associate Director
At the recent congressional hearing regarding re-authorization of Amtrak, Congresswoman Diane Titus(D) of Las Vegas requested a another study regarding restoring passenger rail service to Las Vegas, which is good news. The best option of restoring passenger rail service is a daily connection to the [...]

Let Us Start Now for Rail Service to Nevada

Commentary by Robert MacDonald, RailPAC member, Oakland
On September 11, 2014, the media announced that the Nevada State Legislature had passed the approval of TESLA’s constructing its “gigafactory” at Union Pacific’s station of PATRICK, which is about 13 miles east of the station of Reno. TESLA has announced that their new plant will employ 6,500 [...]

Followup Comments re HR5449 regarding Amtrak

NOTE: Below is a commentary on the newly introduced Passenger Rail bill, written by Andrew C. Selden on September 11. The bill was introduced in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the same date. READ THE BILL at http://transportation.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hr5449.pdf

To: Jim Billimoria and Justin Harclerode, U. S. House T & I [...]

RailPAC rail PHOTOS of the month (July, 2014)

Here are this month’s photos by RailPAC photographers.
Click on each photo to see it full size!
Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to Russ Jackson, RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org.

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This is a segment of the new elevated path from the Bob Hope Burbank Airport train station and parking lot [...]

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Amtrak, the states, and the future of the short distance trains

MinnARP President’s Column; Commentary by Andrew Selden
NOTE: Mr. Selden has been a frequent speaker at RailPAC Conferences

The long, suffocating death-grip that Amtrak has had over America’s intercity passenger rail service for the last 40 years may be starting to come undone. The agent of change driving this potential revolution is frustration among the state [...]

The Southwest Chief: a “Rose-y” mid-summer update

Report and Commentary by Russ Jackson, RailPAC
Opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the RailPAC Board

Here it is mid-summer, 2014, and no final decisions have been made about the future of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief; whether it will continue to run on its historic route west of Newton, Kansas to Albuquerque, [...]