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TRAC files STB response, challenging transfer of freight rights to SMART

By David Schonbrunn, President of TRAC In response to the threats to the Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP, which spans over 300 miles from Larkspur Landing in Marin County to Samoa in Humboldt County), the Train Riders Association of California (TRAC) … Continue reading

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Let’s Have Accurate Locomotive Emissions

By David Schonbrunn, TRAC President Editor’s Note: These comments were sent by TRAC’s President to the California Air Resources Board, which will have a workshop on Reducing Emissions From In-Use Locomotives on March 30, 2021. The Train Riders Association of California … Continue reading

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SB 69 Seeks to Rip Out NWP Rails

By David Schonbrunn David Schonbrunn is President of the Train Riders Association of California. Contact him at President@calrailnews.org In the greatest threat to the NWP since the SP abandonment proceedings, Senator Mike McGuire, representing the North Coast has introduced the … Continue reading

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Links to TRAC’s Curated Rail-Related News, June-December 2020

We have gathered links to selected news items over the last six months, listed below. Note: these are PDFs with embedded links. Some links may not work because some publications move article around after a few months. June-July 2020 September … Continue reading

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70 Years of “Structural” Racism – Literally (Freeways)

In the 1960’s, fighters of urban freeways often made the point that new freeways were often “…white men’s roads through black men’s bedrooms” as well as being “slum clearance” (sic). The tendency of freeway planners to plot their lines through … Continue reading

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High-Speed Rail’s Turning Point: California Assembly Asserts Bipartisan Control

By David Schonbrunn, President, TRAC This past Thursday, June 11th, there was an unanimous bipartisan vote by the State Assembly to adopt House Resolution 97. Bipartisan votes like HR-97 are exceptionally rare on issues like the biggest construction project in … Continue reading

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