CAHSR Groundbreaking Ceremony – January 6, 2015

The Governor Signing the Symbolic Rail

Photos by Paul Dyson, President

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Governor Brown presiding over groundbreaking for High Speed Rail

Ashley Swearingen, Fresno Mayor

Congressman Jim Costa

Joe Szabo, FRA Administrator

Dan Richard, CHSRA Chair

The Governor Signing the Symbolic Rail

Mark Ehrhardt (Burbank Transportation Commissioner), Rod […]

Amtrak’s 2014 – The Real Stats

Amtrak continually tells us about how many passengers they put into seats in the Northeast corridor. What many suspect because of far longer travel distances, but never can get Amtrak to say, is that in passenger miles (passenger mile = one passenger riding for one mile), and is said by some to be the most […]

Bipartisan Passenger Rail Legislation introduced in U.S. House

Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Passenger Rail Legislation READ THE BILL at
For Immediate Release: September 11, 2014
Contact: Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode

Washington, DC – Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders today introduced bipartisan legislation that improves the infrastructure, reduces costs, leverages private sector resources, creates greater accountability and transparency, and accelerates project delivery […]

Complete the Santa Cruz Passenger Rail Study Survey

Your ideas are important!
The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) is analyzing the feasibility of passenger rail transit service along the 32-mile Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line.
Complete an Online Survey on “Passenger Rail Goals & Scenarios”.
Your feedback will guide station, service scenario, and ridership analysis. Ensure the passenger rail study reflects everyone in the community.  The Survey […]

Sunset Limited in jeopardy is serious business: Part 2, Comments from the Texas Rail Advocates

NOTE: Reprinted with permission of Peter LeCody and the TRA, from their website:

(Washington) In a last minute voice vote on the House appropriations bill for transportation, Texas Representative Pete Sessions (R-District 33-Dallas) succeeded in his efforts to kill an Amtrak route that has been a financial target of the long distance trains. […]

NARP Resolution in Support of Returning Passenger Rail Service Between New Orleans & Florida

The new NARP board has unanimously approved the following resolution in support of returning passenger service between New Orleans and Florida:
             WHEREAS, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (“NARP”) has previously endorsed the re-introduction of passenger rail service along the southern route linking New Orleans, Louisiana to Orlando, Florida, which is being pursued […]

Paul Dyson Testifies at Senate Select Committee on Passenger Rail

On March 19th, Paul Dyson represented RailPAC and NARP while testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Passenger Rail.

Video on Demand
Click here to view the March 19, 2014 California Senate Select Committee on Passenger Rail.  Paul Dyson’s testimony starts at the 1 hour and 35 minute mark.
Official Testimony:
Chair Jackson, Honorable Senators, my name is Paul Dyson, […]

The complicated history of the Sprinter

Report and Photo by Noel T. Braymer, RailPAC e-newsletter Editor
The Sprinter started out as a simple project to serve the 22 miles between Oceanside and Escondido. The original proposal by RailPAC’s Byron Nordberg back in the 1980’s was to rebuild the existing single tracked short line railroad between these 2 cities for about 70-80 million […]