RailPAC rail PHOTOS of the month (September, 2014)

Here are this month’s photos by RailPAC photographers from everywhere!
Click on each photo to see it full size!
Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to Russ Jackson, RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org.

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Amtrak’s northbound Vermonter, which travels the NEC to that state from Washington DC daily, is arriving [...]

Why California needs some Publicly Owned Railroads

By Noel T. Braymer
California already owns hundreds of miles of railroad, particularly in Southern California. From Lancaster to Los Angeles down to San Diego most of the railroad is partially or wholly owned by the public. The exception is about 15 miles of railroad shared by passenger trains between Los Angeles and Fullerton on the [...]

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 [...]

Restoration of the Desert Wind is needed now!

Commentary by Anthony Lee, RailPAC Associate Director
At the recent congressional hearing regarding re-authorization of Amtrak, Congresswoman Diane Titus(D) of Las Vegas requested a another study regarding restoring passenger rail service to Las Vegas, which is good news. The best option of restoring passenger rail service is a daily connection to the [...]

High Speed Rail: Don’t Forget San Diego!

By Noel T. Braymer
The earliest San Diego can hope now to get direct High Speed Rail service is sometime after 2029. By 2029 the planning of the California High Speed Rail Authority is for 500 miles of High Speed Rail service between Anaheim and San Francisco. San Diego is the second largest city in California. [...]

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 [...]

Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (August, 2014)

Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Service Performance Overview
A total of 120,553 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains in August, an
uptick of 2.2% compared to August 2013 and marking the fifth consecutive
month of ridership increases for the service. Revenue for August 2014 was
up 0.5% over August 2013 and was a record for [...]

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 [...]