Prepared by Mike Barnbaum, RailPAC Associate Director
The legislation discussed at the April San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee and associated infrastructure changes forthcoming at the Sacramento Valley (Amtrak) Station set the slate for a busy calendar ahead for California and the West Coast. Here is the latest of what we do know through September 30th.
For release April 6, 2012.
Board calls for highest priority for “Bridging the Gap” between Bakersfield and Los Angeles.
Interim service offerings and the blended approach will only be successful if passengers are offered a single seat ride between the maximum number of origins and destinations.
While endorsing Caltrain electrification RailPAC Board calls for a rolling program of [...]
Analysis and Commentary by Russ Jackson, RailPAC
From out of the blue, so to speak, on March 13 came an Amtrak News Release from New Orleans, not Washington DC, saying a new schedule for the Sunset Limited would take effect on May 7, 2012. This new schedule will have major impacts all along its route, [...]
RailPAC Report by Russ Jackson, Robert Manning, and from the Amtrak.com timetable. Photo by Robert Manning.
In its revised schedule dated December 5, 2011, Amtrak California quietly added a new train-bus service finally recognizing the importance of travel from Palm Springs, Indio, and the Coachella Valley to/from Los Angeles. Until then the only Amtrak [...]
Commentary by Ralph James, RailPAC Member, Blue Canyon CA
This commentary is a follow-up to this writer’s original commentary entitled “Is California High Speed Rail on Track for Successful Implementation?”, published in spring 2010 illustrating the futility of spending early HSR dollars in the Central Valley as compared to other sections of the ultimate HSR route.
Commentary by Jarrod DellaChiesa, Director
I wish this was an April Fools prank, but it isn’t.
Amtrak today released an updated Fleet Strategy Plan, but not suprisingly, all attention is still focused on single-level services and the NEC. Electric locomotives (to be made in California) and single-level cars have been ordered, and Amtrak announced in February that [...]
On Saturday, March 19 Chair Richard Katz provided opening comments for the 4th Annual Steel Wheels in California conference hosted by RailPAC and NARP. Over 200 rail professionals gathered in the L.A. Metro board room for a conference providing information and education to “opinion formers and decision makers” and grass roots supporters of the rail industry. Chairman Katz [...]
On March 3, 2011, the Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC) led a tour of the rail line from San Jose to Soledad. Elected officials, agency staff and other interested persons rode the Amtrak Coast Starlight from San Jose to Soledad, with a stop in Salinas.
Dave Potter, Monterey County District 1 supervisor and Chair of [...]
We understand that the Federal Railroad Administration plans to re-allocate HSR funds that Florida has refused to accept. California is among the states vying for a share of the $2.4 billion available.
In November of 2009, California was poised to apply for federal funds for improvement of its three intercity rail corridors as well as for [...]
As promised, we are providing the files presented on March 19, 2011 at Steel Wheels in California. Some files are large, so please be patient.
SPEAKERS AND EVENTS
Chairman, SCRRA / Metro Board Member
Gene Skoropowski (presentation coming soon!)
Consultant to the LOSSAN Board, HNTB
General Manager – West, Amtrak
Vice President, [...]