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RailPAC eNewsletter for November 3, 2014

24 hurt as Amtrak train, semi collide Indianapolis Star-Oct 28, 2014 “I went across the tracks, then I seen that train coming, and it was too late,” Hatfield said recalling the morning’s accident. “That’s about it.” There were 56 passenger on this Hoosier State. The crossing didn’t have warning lights or gates: see photos in this story. NB

November 3, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for October 27, 2014

Construction to Impact Rail Service in October Complete Rail Closure October 25 -26  The weekend of October 25-26 will see rail service interruptions along the Coastal rail corridor from Oceanside to San Diego: COASTER: No COASTER service will be provided. AMTRAK – Amtrak trains will not operate between Oceanside and San Diego including the six select Amtrak ‘Rail 2 Rail’ trains that serve all eight COASTER stations. Amtrak passengers in possession of a valid fare will be granted access to NCTD BREEZE Route 101 at no additional charge. METROLINK: Metrolink trains will not be affected.During the weekend of October 25 and 26, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and TASI will advance necessary construction work at three sites along the Coastal rail corridor in order to improve rider experience. Those sites are; the San Dieguito River Bridge; between Sorrento Valley Rd. and Miramar Rd., and between Taylor St. and Washington St.

October 27, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for October 20, 2014

California High-Speed Rail Gets Go-Ahead Daily Beast – Oct 15, 2014 The final legal obstacle for California’s bullet-train plan was overcome Wednesday when the California Supreme Court decided not to review a lawsuit against the state’s funding plan. This means that the construction can legally begin. The issue was whether the California High-Speed Rail Authority had acted properly in selling $8.6 billion in bonds approved by voters in 2008 for a project now projected to cost $68 billion.

October 20, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for October 13, 2014

Amtrak busing delayed passengers Toledo Blade-Oct 7, 2014 Chronic passenger train delays of eight to 12 hours between Toledo and Chicago have prompted Amtrak to begin busing passengers on that route. Amtrak started busing customers on Sunday when the train was more than 10 hours late, said Amtrak spokesman Christina Leeds…She said the passenger train delays are caused by congestion on the tracks Amtrak uses between New York and Toledo for the Lake Shore Limited and Washington, D.C. and Toledo for the Capitol Limited.

October 13, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for October 6, 2014

UPDATE: Amtrak angles to keep control of Hoosier State route Indianapolis Business Journal – Oct 1, 2014 A little-used, delay-plagued passenger rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago has become a battleground, as Amtrak tries to fend off competition invited by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

October 6, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for September 29, 2014

In 2000 the plan was to replace all low level equipment on the LOSSAN Corridor with the new double-deck Pacific Surfliner equipment. With faster loading about 2 minutes per station stop could be taken out of the schedule. That means with 7 intermediate stations at least 14 minutes could be pulled between San Diego and Los Angeles. But 14 years later because there are more Surfliner trains than there is Surfliner equipment, we have some of the old equipment still running, only it take more time now to run between San Diego and Los Angeles with this equipment than it did in 1977. NB

September 29, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for September 22, 2014

Gastropub proposed for Fred Harvey Room at Los Angeles Union Station! The Source Sep 15, 2014 If the lease is approved by the full Metro Board at its Oct. 2 meeting, the new restaurant would be the first to occupy the Fred Harvey Room at Union Station since the original Harvey House restaurant closed in 1967. The space, which has been very well preserved (see the above photos), has since been used for special events and filming. 

September 22, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for September 15, 2014

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 schedule these trains to connect with each other so people can transfer to more places with the weekend pass. In any business when you have excess inventory — and seats are the inventory of transportation — it’s time to have a sale.

September15, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for September 8, 2014

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 which could prompt more defections.

September 8, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for September 2, 2014

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 and I spoke recently about our trains,” Reid said. “We both have a vision of high-speed rail in America…. Reid noted that construction of California’s high-speed rail system linking San Francisco and Los Angeles is underway. The route passes through Palmdale — the place where XpressWest eventually would link its high-speed train to Los Angeles. Reid said an environmental assessment of the right-of-way between Victorville and Palmdale is complete and leaders are looking at how it could work around Buy America provisions.

September 2, 2014

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