To get more riders, Metrolink should lower fares Los Angeles Times-Sep 11, 2014 Letters to the Editor The comments by officials about ridership growth on the weekends due to the $10 pass make my case that ridership is price sensitive. One way to greatly increase ridership on the weekends would be to add frequencies to existing services and [...]
Metrolink’s annual ridership continues to drop Los Angeles Times-Sep 7, 2014 Once hailed as the fastest-growing commuter line in the nation, the railroad has seen its annual ridership drop by almost 595,000 passengers since 2008, with resulting losses in revenue. That and other factors have left the agency squeezed between trimming service or boosting fares, either of [...]
Las Vegas rail service plans have seen starts, stops Las Vegas Review-Journal-Aug 31, 2014 Although the loan request’s rejection is now more than a year old, there are indications XpressWest may be gearing for another run. In a recent appearance in Las Vegas, Reid said the loan request may resurface in “a matter of months.”“(California Gov.) Jerry Brown [...]
Deal reached to extend Indiana Amtrak service The Hill-Aug 21, 2014 Indiana transportation officials said they were trying to keep the route viable until a private company could take over the cost of operating the short-distance trains. “For the Hoosier State, we are hoping to build from the experience of North Carolina’s successful Piedmont service, in which [...]
The Truth About Obama’s High-Speed Rail Program TIME-Aug 11, 2014 The administration hasn’t spent anywhere near $11 billion. The projects haven’t gone mostly nowhere. There are legitimate questions about the high-speed rail initiative—and the administration’s hype has outstripped its ability to deliver in an era of divided government—but the public debate over the program has been almost [...]
Amtrak: We’re the best choice for operating the Heartland Flyer Wichita Business Journal (blog)-Aug 7, 2014 Amtrak officials are taking issue with the search for a new Heartland Flyer operator launched by the Texas and Oklahoma transportation departments.
August 11, 2014
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California High-Speed Rail Bonds Revived by Appeals Court Bloomberg – Jul 31, 2014 The California High-Speed Rail Authority can issue $8 billion in bonds to finance the U.S.’s first bullet train, a state appeals court ruled. The agency suffered a setback in November when a state judge blocked it from issuing the bonds, saying its finance …
Crowded San Joaquin route needs more Amtrak trains Visalia Times-Delta-Jul 22, 2014 And I’m not the only person who is riding. Amtrak publishes annual ridership statistics, and for several years in a row, the numbers have been going up for all of Amtrak California’s trains. But don’t take Amtrak’s word for it, see for yourself. The trains which [...]
Fresno supervisors reject call to renounce high-speed rail ABC30.com-Jul 16, 2014 FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) A local attack on the California high-speed rail program fizzled in Fresno. An effort to get the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to renounce their support for the project died. It was backed by just one supervisor.
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The sorry state of Amtrak’s on-time performance, mapped Washington Post (blog)-Jul 10, 2014 Eight of the 33 routes, including most of the long-distance cross-country lines, experienced on-time arrivals less than 50 percent of the time over the past 12 months. The Empire Builder, running from Chicago to Washington, ran on time only 21 percent of the time [...]