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October 31, 1989 | ROBERT A. JONES
Something is happening with the passenger train in California. It's not a boom, exactly, and it's nothing that poses a threat to the airlines or even the bus lines. But somehow, the passenger train has made a comeback. You look at recent Amtrak numbers for California and you'd think this was the Eastern Seaboard.
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August 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
A landslide along the coast that left a 300-foot section of track hanging without support means that no trains will roll through Santa Barbara County for at least a week. Hundreds of tons of earth and rock suddenly slid down the hillside Sunday night, pushing a railway signal and fiber-optic lines as much as 30 feet toward the beach. Five Amtrak trains normally travel the line through the county each day.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1990 | LISA MASCARO
While an entourage of elected officials and business people are in Europe this week surveying potential trains for the Anaheim-Las Vegas line, financing to launch the project has begun. The Anaheim City Council recently voted to allocate $200,000 to help finance the search for a public contractor. In Nevada, the city of Las Vegas, the Convention/Visitors Authority and Clark County each donated $270,000 to the project, and the state chipped in $120,000.
NEWS
February 18, 1999 | MARK GLADSTONE and VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Michael Tennenbaum has a $23-billion dream. Tennenbaum envisions a day when he can jump aboard a high-speed train in Los Angeles, plug in his laptop computer and spend the next two hours working as the train hurtles at 200 mph toward San Francisco. Tennenbaum is chairman of a little-known state rail agency that is stepping up its campaign to persuade the state Legislature to place the scheme on the statewide ballot in November 2000.
NEWS
May 25, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A legislative study urges the state to construct a $12.6-billion rail system by the year 2000 that would carry passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles at speeds of 125 m.p.h. or more. The study, which the Legislature will consider when it sets funding priorities for improving rail service in the San Joaquin Valley, calls for building a route over the Tehachapi Mountains along Interstate 5 to link Bakersfield and Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1988
It didn't quite pack the historical wallop of the coming of the Mayflower. But Saturday's inaugural run of Amtrak's extended service of a train from San Diego to Santa Barbara was hailed by state politicians and transportation officials as an important step toward providing alternatives to commuters fed up with clogged freeways in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Official service of the San Diegan, which will operate on Southern Pacific railroad tracks, will start today.
NEWS
February 8, 1989 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, Times Staff Writer
Likening the United States to a Third World country in its development of rail transit services, key legislators proposed a $1.5-billion bond issue Tuesday to finance an array of commuter and intercity rail projects in California.
NEWS
December 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An initiative for a $1.99-billion bond issue to improve train service and city rail commuting systems qualified for the June, 1990, ballot Friday. Secretary of State March Fong Eu said the proposal, called the rail transportation bond act, has attracted 478,222 signatures from registered voters--considerably more than the 372,178 signatures needed to put the initiative on the ballot.
NEWS
January 10, 1987 | DAVID SMOLLAR, Times Staff Writer
Federal railroad officials, citing safety concerns, Friday ordered speed reductions along 75 of the 102 miles of Santa Fe railroad track between San Diego and Fullerton, adding 15 to 25 minutes to the one-way running times of Amtrak passenger trains using the line to and from Los Angeles. The speed restrictions will last until Thursday of next week, when Santa Fe track crews are expected to complete maintenance work required by the Federal Railroad Administration after a two-day inspection.
BUSINESS
August 31, 1998 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Interested in riding the rails? How about owning them? Mendocino County's biggest tourist attraction, the 113-year-old Skunk Train, is offering investors a chance to buy a chunk of California history. Strapped for cash to rehabilitate the train and tracks, the train's 21 owners--a grass-roots collection of local businesspeople and train workers--are hoping to raise $4.6 million in what is called a DPO, or direct public offering, by selling stock through its Web site, http://www.skunktrain.com.
NEWS
July 14, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unusual twist, the author of a $1-billion rail bond act is now opposing his own proposal and seeking to have it removed from the statewide election ballot. Assemblyman Jim Costa (D-Fresno), in the midst of a spirited state Senate campaign, is urging Gov. Pete Wilson to delay the vote on Proposition 181 until 1996, a request that the governor thus far has opposed.
NEWS
October 17, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected California among five U.S. regions as rail corridors in a project aimed at assessing the feasibility of high-speed intercity train travel, state transportation officials said Friday. Transportation Secretary Andrew H. Card Jr. is scheduled to announce the state's selection Monday at the Santa Fe Railway terminal in San Diego, said a Caltrans official who asked not to be identified. Card will present state officials with a $1.
NEWS
August 12, 1990 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Caltrans staff is proposing a $900-million, seven-year plan for enhancing intercity rail passenger service in California that would result in several more trains by 1997 between Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara, and a revival of trains between Los Angeles and Bakersfield.
NEWS
May 25, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A legislative study urges the state to construct a $12.6-billion rail system by the year 2000 that would carry passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles at speeds of 125 m.p.h. or more. The study, which the Legislature will consider when it sets funding priorities for improving rail service in the San Joaquin Valley, calls for building a route over the Tehachapi Mountains along Interstate 5 to link Bakersfield and Los Angeles.
NEWS
March 15, 1990 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Swooshing through tree-dotted fields on a cushion of air, the Transrapid 07 magnetically levitated train rapidly gained speed. Orange County Supervisor Don R. Roth and eight other members of the California-Nevada Super Speed Train Commission were aboard this gleaming white vehicle Wednesday morning as light drizzle turned to sunshine. Also aboard were a dozen business executives, engineering consultants and a few spouses. Some seemed impressed with the train ride.
NEWS
May 15, 1987
A fire-damaged 1,300-foot railroad tunnel between San Luis Obispo and Atascadero on the Central California coast has reopened, restoring a key north-south rail link for the state, Southern Pacific spokesman Jim Loveland said. The April 30 blaze interrupted rail service to communities along the line, including Amtrak's Coast Starlight passenger service from Seattle to Los Angeles. Since the fire, trains had been rerouted through the San Joaquin Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1989 | JIM QUINN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bistate commission studying plans to build a high-speed rail system to Las Vegas on Friday selected Anaheim as the Southern California terminus but also voted for a spur that could link up with the San Fernando Valley. In unanimously designating Anaheim as the main terminus, members of the California-Nevada Super Speed Train Commission relied on a consultant's report that gives a strong edge to the Orange County city. An Anaheim-Las Vegas line, also stopping in Ontario, would draw 6.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1990 | LISA MASCARO
While an entourage of elected officials and business people are in Europe this week surveying potential trains for the Anaheim-Las Vegas line, financing to launch the project has begun. The Anaheim City Council recently voted to allocate $200,000 to help finance the search for a public contractor. In Nevada, the city of Las Vegas, the Convention/Visitors Authority and Clark County each donated $270,000 to the project, and the state chipped in $120,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1990 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN
One Canadian and two U.S. firms met Wednesday's deadline and filed letters of intent to bid on the proposed high-speed train between Las Vegas and Anaheim, project officials said. Bechtel International of San Francisco, Morrison-Knudsen Co. of Boise, Idaho, and Bombardier Corp. of Canada met the 5 p.m. deadline and consequently will compete for the right to privately finance, build and operate the 300-m.p.h. train, which is expected cost as much as $4 billion.
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