RailPAC eNewsletter for December 29, 2014

Top 5 holiday destinations for Southern Californians 1. Las Vegas 2. San Francisco 3. San Diego 4. Grand Canyon 5. Anaheim
Source: Automobile Club of Southern California.
All 5 of these destinations can be served with improved and expanded rail passenger service connecting with the rest of California NB

December 29, 2014
The above copy of this enewletter is […]

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 […]

More Good News for California High Speed Rail

By Noel T. Braymer
After passage of Prop 1A in November 2008 which gave the California High Speed Rail project almost 10 billion dollars in funding,everything seemed to go wrong. The project was on death’s door by 2012 with growing opposition from property owners who could be affected by the project. This was particularly true in […]

RailPAC eNewsletter for December 22, 2014

High-speed rail project settles Bakersfield lawsuit
Visalia Times-Delta – Dec 19, 2014
SACRAMENTO – The California High-Speed Rail Authority announced Friday that it has settled one of seven environmental lawsuits challenging the route of the $68 billion bullet train through the Central Valley.
The Surface Transportation Board ruling that it can overrule local state environmental laws would have […]

Metrolink Needs a Plan, and some Leadership

By Noel T. Braymer
Metrolink has failed to fulfill its mission to be the Southern California Regional Rail Passenger Railroad. The official name for Metrolink is the Southern California Regional Rail Authority. Instead the management of Metrolink at its inception was under the impression that they were running a commuter railroad to primarily carry people to […]

RailPAC eNewsletter for December 15, 2014

Metrolink chief Michael P. DePallo quits after two years
Los Angeles Times-Dec 12, 2014
Metrolink’s chief executive officer resigned Friday amid ongoing scrutiny of the six-county commuter railroad’s operations, governance and financial controls.Michael P. DePallo, a former transit leader from New York, stepped down two years after he replaced John Fenton, who left the top post unexpectedly […]

RailPAC eNewsletter for December 8, 2014

FRA waives Buy America rules on high speed train prototypes
Railway Gazette International – Dec 4, 2014
‘FRA believes a waiver is appropriate because domestically-produced high speed trainsets meeting the specific technical, design, and schedule needs of Amtrak and CHSRA are not currently available in the USA’, the letter explains. ‘Moreover, domestically-produced high speed trainsets cannot be […]

Rail Connections to California’s Major Airports

By Noel T. Braymer
California now has some connections by rail at its airports. This will improve over the next 10 to 20 years. The two airports now with the best rail connections are San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Bob Hope Airport in Burbank near downtown Los Angeles..

SFO has direct and regular service from BART […]