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Backgrounder No. 2: South Tyrol Regional Rail Restored for $4 Million/Mile

Photo: A DMU trainset on the Val Venosta line. Link to full article: http://www.calrailnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/TRACBackgrounderTwo-ValVenostaCheep.pdf Summary of TRAC Backgrounder No. 2 Californians need to wake up, because at the same time our state seems unable to build new local rail or … Continue reading

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TRAC Backgrounder No 1: U.S. Trains Too Costly To Operate

A study by consultant Civity recently published by Britain’s Office of Rail Regulation provides some insight why no profitable California train services exist, despite their popularity. It’s because U.S. costs are out of control, compared to the 17 European and … Continue reading

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Tiny Estonia Has Efficient DMU Service. Why Not the U.S.?

A tiny little county such as Estonia has efficient 21st Century DMU (diesel multiple unit) service. Why not the U.S.?? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F38wE6zzgk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSL3j57sgOY

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Connecting California: Improve San Joaquins

Here is an interesting article I came across while websurfing that reinforces TRAC’s points about improving the San Joaquins: 1.2 Million Passengers. One Single Track: California May Not Need That $68 Billion Bullet Train. But It Sure As Heck Needs … Continue reading

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A 110 mph Upgrade Example for San Joaquins

See links below to an article and website about proposed upgrades to existing Chicago-Detroit Amtrak corridor service on existing tracks, to 110 mph standards and other improvements, all for less than $3 billion. As shown by the Chicago-Detroit corridor example, … Continue reading

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CHSRA Responds Directly to TRAC; Our Response

TRAC’s opinion piece on September 28th (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article2614730.html) in the Sacramento Bee apparently annoyed the denizens of the California High Speed Rail Authority, leading to a response by CEO Jeff Morales (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article2623053.html), plus a followup, much more detailed letter directly to … Continue reading

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