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10 a.m. Alan.
C. Miller (right) the Executive Director of TRAC started with
Introductions of Hon. Hannah-Beth Jackson and TRAC Pres. Richard
Tolmach, and the first presentor, Richard Dial.
Richard Dial (left), IBI Group
Richard is actively involved in rail
planning for the LOSSAN (Los Angeles San Diego San Luis
Obispo) rail corridor.
Richard pointed out that many people do not know that the LOSSAN
corridor extends for 351 miles from San Luis Obispo to San Diego.
He had an excellent powerpoint presentation that may later be added as
part of this report.
The Surfliners use this corridor. The Surfliner is the fastest
growing passenger rail service in the U.S. It is second in usage
only to the Northeast corridor.
The Coast Starlight, Coaster, and Metrolink trains use this corridor,
plus freight, especially between Fullerton and Los Angeles and the
The newest use of the corridor is the Greenline to SDSU.
High Speed service in this corridor will be from Irvine to San Diego
and Los Angeles with a feeder inland to Riverside.
There are 2.5 million passengers on Amtrak and 1 of 9 Amtrak passengers
is riding the Surfliner.
Rail-To-Rail is successful. Monthly Pass holders may board any
train at their station. The next generation of inter-city
commuter cars is being designed.
Funding: Surfliner: Farebox, 54%; State 29%; Federal 17%.
Metrolink 42% farebox. Coaster 39% farebox.
LA-S.D. (PEIR/PEIS) Corridor Improvements include: 4 tracks from
Commerce to Fullerton; Orange County track straightening; San Juan
Capistrano improvements may be a tunnel or realignment along Trabuco
Creek; San Clemente two tunnels; Camp Pendleton double track; Encinitas
grade separation; Del Mar two tunnel options, 1) under Camino Del Mar
and 2) parallel to I-5; Mirmar Hill two tunnel options 1) under Mirmar
hill with a new stop at University Town Center, and extended trolley
north from San Diego; and finally a trench from Old Town to downtown.
LOSSAN North Strategic Plan includes 31 projects including: curve
straightening; electronic message boards so stations and passengers
know when the next train is expected; sidings and double tracking; new
rail stations at state beaches, Guadalupe, and inland.
Santa Paula Corridor is in planning stage to be rebuilt where tracks
have been removed, but right-of-way has been maintained, to Santa
Issues for LOSSAN: $44 billion is needed for capitol
improvements; what is the future of Amtrak; 2/3 of Lossan corridor is
single track now; only 11 train sets in Pacific Surfliner fleet;
storage space for additional equipment; antiquated signaling including
some hand thrown switches.
Challenges: Funding; shared corridor; capacity; equipment and