Yesterday evening the Board of SCRRA (Metrolink) held a closed session meeting described as pursuant to public safety threat (or words to that effect. The notice is no longer on their website). The real purpose of the meeting was to Continue reading
It seemed more of a “HIP HIP HOORAY” congratulatory celebration. Very well attended, (standing room only in the fairly large Modesto Council Chambers) . Assembly Member Adam Gray chaired the meeting. Welcome was delivered by Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh followed Continue reading
What would travel on Amtrak’s long distance trains be like if there were no Dining cars?
It is no secret that for 44 years Amtrak’s long distance trains have had a target firmly placed upon them. From the nitpicking of the Congress to the war against growth within Amtrak, we have to ask who is standing Continue reading
As we say on the radio, “but first….” Two major Amtrak-related items have occurred this winter. First was the cutbacks in long distance train consists in January and February. Second was the U.S. House of Representatives actually passed a bill, Continue reading
A regional search committee Wednesday selected Jim Hartnett as the new head of the San Mateo County Transit District (SMCTD) effective March 30. Hartnett, a former Redwood City councilman and board chair of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, will take Continue reading
Los Angeles’ two major transportation agencies announced this week the hires of new CEOs to take their respective helms — one involves a new hire from Denver while the other is only moving a few floors up.
It is with great sadness that I report the death of longtime RailPAC member and Associate Director Ken Ruben. Ken suffered a serious stroke on New Year’s Day from which he never recovered. He died yesterday morning, Thursday 12th March, Continue reading
Indiana is fighting back against the FRA ruling, which is excellent news. The whole idea of the ruling is ridiculous. If a State hires a qualified operator to do a job it should not have to become certified to do Continue reading
Mike Scanlon has done a hell of a good job with Caltrain in comparison to the shape it was in before (awful). Also under his purview is SAMTRANS and San Mateo Transportation Authority. Some of the many improvements made under Continue reading