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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

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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 brought the dismissal of the Bakersfield Lawsuit if the city hadn’t settled. The six other lawsuits still pending will likely be soon settled or dismissed. NB

December 22, 2014

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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 in 2012 to head a Florida-based freight railroad…

December 15, 2014

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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 bought or produced in the USA within a reasonable time given the programme schedule associated with Amtrak’s and CHSRA’s projects.’

December 8, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for November 24, 2014

Whistle-blower: INDOT wasted time on alternative Journal and Courier-Nov 18, 2014
The Indiana Department of Transportation expects to reach agreement with Amtrak to continue operating the Hoosier State passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago, INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield said.

November 24, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for November 1, 2014

Fight onboard an Amtrak train ends with a stabbing ABC30.com-Nov 12, 2014 FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) –Authorities are investigating a stabbing on an Amtrak passenger train. The Amtrak train involved was number 714.

 

November 17, 2014

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RailPAC eNewsletter for November 10, 2014

State ends negotiations with Amtrak alternative Journal and Courier-Nov 8, 2014 The Indiana Department of Transportation has ended contract negotiations with Corridor Capital LLC to provide passenger rail cars, marketing and other services for the Hoosier State line between Indianapolis and Chicago, said INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield. Wingfield did not comment as to why negotiations were terminated. But he said the state is looking at its options to continue the service after the Jan. 31 expiration date on INDOT’s contracts with Amtrak and the communities along the route.

November 10, 2014

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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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