If you want to help RailPAC preserve and expand the National Network of passenger trains, and grow the regional services in California you should attend this important event. Registration is open at eventbrite.com.
The event will be held at the California State Railroad Museum from 10.00am and we have a number of experts who will be giving presentations about the State of the passenger rail State, and the future of passenger rail in general. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. Bring your questions and ideas.
Speaker updates in future postings.
RailPAC invited Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson to present his vision for Amtrak in the 21st Century at the Annual Steel Wheels Conference in Sacramento, Saturday 29th September. A brief (terse?) response from his PA informed us that he is “unavailable”. No offer, as in the past, to send a senior officer in his stead. It has been clear from his dealings with politicians and other advocates that he has no time for opposing opinions, nor for those of us who are the true, loyal supporters of passenger rail. So the fight for the National Network continues.
Be sure to support the Steel Wheels Conference and Annual meeting. There will be plenty of interesting and informative speakers, and discussion as to how we continue the fight for the National Network.
Unfortunately due to a conflict, we must postpone this event.
We hope to reschedule at a later date.
There will be an informal members discussion March 10th at 10 AM within walking distance of LA Union Station and the Chinatown Gold line station at Philippes the Original, 1001 N Alameda, Los Angeles.
RailPAC members welcome! Meetings usually occupy the first room (to your left at the top of the stairs) on the second floor of Philippes.
SAVE THE DATE
September 29, 2018
California State Railroad Museum
Stay tuned for more details!
Tuesday, October 26 at 6.00 pm there will be a joint meeting of Burbank City Council and the City Transportation Commission. High Speed Rail is the first topic and the meeting is sure to attract opponents from neighboring communities.
RailPAC members are encouraged to attend to show support for the project. As Chair of the Transportation Commission I’ll be making a presentation. I’ll also be staying for public comment to counter some opposition arguments.
City Hall is walking distance from the downtown Metrolink station and on many Metro bus routes. Please try and attend.
Steel Wheels Conference
2016: A Year of Possibilities
December 5, 2015
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Doors Open 9:00 am, with a break for lunch (not provided)
Metro Boardroom, Los Angeles
SUPPORT OUR LONG DISTANCE TRAINS!
STEEL WHEELS 2015 Conference is your opportunity to show your support for the long distance trains. By attending this gathering you will show our Los Angeles based Amtrak Board member, Yvonne Burke, that we are behind her as she represents the western states at Amtrak Board meetings. In addition Ms. Burke is a member of the California Transportation Commission.
In addition to Ms Burke we’ll be joined by newly appointed Amtrak route managers Jay Fountain and Eric Smith, who will describe their initiatives to improve revenue and amenities. Jay is responsible for the Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle and Heartland Flyer, while Eric manages the Coast Starlight and the Southwest Chief. Register today and let’s show these folks, and Amtrak in DC, that we believe in the long distance trains and will support them.
Once again RailPAC and NARP are presenting the annual Joint RailPAC/NARP Conference, a must for rail advocates.
Conveniently located at the Los Angeles Metro Board Room at Union Station in Los Angeles, California this meeting will kick off with information and discussion about the issues facing passenger rail.
Keynote speaker will be Director of the Amtrak Board, Yvonne Burke. 2016 will be a challenging year for Amtrak, regional and High Speed Rail. Industry leaders will present their thoughts on growing a mobility network for California. In the afternoon we’ll address the role of advocacy groups and how we mobility advocacy groups are invited to participate.
- Yvonne Burke
Board Member, Amtrak
Former Congresswoman and L.A. County Supervisor
- Dave Golonski
Served 20 years on Burbank City Council including four terms as Mayor
- Darrell Clarke
Chair, Transportation Committee, Sierra Club, Los Angeles
Darrell leads Friends4Expo, the successful campaign for light rail in west Los Angeles
- Bruce Becker
- Dave Cook
Rail Propulsion System – Hybrid diesels and after market emission systems.
Although Amtrak will not be sponsoring National Train Day this year RailPAC, together with a number of local groups, is continuing the tradition at Santa Barbara. Train Day will take place Saturday May 9th at the historic depot. County Supervisor Salud Carbajal will emcee the event and State Senator Jackson and Mayor Helene Schneider are confirmed attendees.
The day will start for those wanting a train ride with train 774 to Carpinteria, returning on 1761. Events and ceremonies will begin upon arrival of 1761 at about 10.30 am.
Saturday – November 15th, 10:30 – 3:30 PM
California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento
Save the date!
Wednesday – August 13, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Meet local elected representatives including
SLO Mayor and the Chair and Vice Chair of LOSSAN
Donation minimum $10
RSVP essential to Paul Dyson
Saturday – November 15th
10:30 – 3:30 PM | Doors open at 10:00
California State Railroad Museum Auditorium, Sacramento
Members: $35 / Non-members: $45
There’s still time to register for Steel Wheels in Sacramento, your chance to meet and question railroad officials and advocates and to learn about the state of the passenger rail state here in California. I have been told that Jeff Morales, CEO of CHSRA will be the presenter for High Speed Rail, and Chad Edison, Deputy Secretary for Rail of California DoT will update us on the state intercity rail program and passenger rail in general. These are the top two state officials for passenger rail.
In addition this is your chance to meet the new NARP President, Jim Mathews, who is coming from Washington DC for this meeting. This is a not-to-be-missed event. Take advantage of the 15% Amtrak discount on travel to Sacramento and bring a friend. See you there!
– Paul Dyson
Save 15% on Amtrak travel to Sacramento