California Rail 2020
Annual TRAC Meeting
November 22-23, 2002
At The Embassy Suites On The River In Old Sacramento
Progress... Waiting for a Signal!
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Alan C. Miller, TRAC Executive Director
9:30 am Welcome Alan C. Miller, TRAC Executive Director
Left: Trinh Nguyen - Right: Terry Preston
9:35 am Legislative and Electoral Summary Trinh Nguyen of the Surface Transportation Policy Project and
Terry Preston of the transit advocacy and marketing group Odyssey 2000 give an overview of what happened in the
Legislative and Election this year.
Left: Wayne Williams - Right: Dan McNamara
Left: Walter Strakosch - Right: James R. Mills
10:00 am A World View on High-Speed Rail featuring the latest developments from Europe and some
critical views of the California situation from: Siemens Marketing and Business Development Director Wayne Williams,
TRAC VP Dan McNamara, Walter Strakosch (formerly with Federal Transit Agency) and former President Pre Tempore of
California Senate James R. Mills.
Left: Warren Weber - Right: Dennis Kuklis
11:00 am A new financial structure for state supported service
Warren Weber (Caltrans) Dennis Kuklis (Amtrak West).
11:45 am Board Statements
12:15 pm Board Vote
12:30 pm Surfliner Survival James R. Mills (Former President Pro-Tempore of California Senate)
1:00 pm Presidential Statements and Vote
1:15 pm How Amtrak Is Surviving
Dennis Kuklis of Amtrak giving the financial picture Alan C. Miller of TRAC filing in some of the political details.
Doris Briggs progress report on getting AARP to support passenger rail.
Richard F. Tolmach
1:45 pm Missed Marketing Opportunities
James R. Miller with a case history on the east of Chicago corridors, Brian Perkins of State Senator Jackie Speier's
staff on the Baby Bullet project, Steve Cohn of Sacramento City Council on a new Sacramento regional rail project.
Left: Jim Allison - Right: Brian Perkins
2:30 pm Northern California Commuter Corridor
Jim Allison, Capitol Corridor Senior Planner, with a presentation on the CCJPA progress, Brian Perkins of State Senator
Jackie Speir's staff on the Baby Bullet project, Steve Cohn of Sacramento City Council on a new Sacramento regional
3:15 pm VP / Treas / Sec Statements & Vote
3:30 pm TRAC Member Forum
Sunday walking tour of the South Line light rail extension starts at 10 am at 13th Street Station,
and will last about 90 minutes.
Regional Transit asks us to remain on public streets, sidewalks, and alleys, since there may be
test cars operating on the right of way.
The conference starts with an 8:30pm Friday November 22 hosted reception for paid attendees honoring former
Senate President Pre-Tem James R. Mills at TRAC headquarters, featuring hors d'oeuvres, wine, cheese and deserts.
Our Saturday Nov. 23 conference sessions are at the Embassy Suites in Old Sacramento. Registration starts at 9:00am.
Planned sessions on Saturday beginning at 9:30am include:
A post-election overview on the new legislative landscape,
transportation measures, and the impact of budget problems
on California's operating and capital improvement programs.
What's in store for commuter services, including presentations
on ACE, the Capitol Corridor and the Peninsula's Baby Bullet project.
Alternative views of the pending new deal from the feds
on state-supported service, featuring representatives
from Amtrak, and Warren Weber, Chief of Caltrans
Division of Rail presenting the state of the State Rail Program.
A high speed rail session featuring the latest developments
from Europe and presentations by Siemens
Marketing and Business Development Director Wayne Williams
and TRAC Vice President Dan McNamara.
At the end of the session, a TRAC member's forum on
issues and priorities for the organization.
Also, on Sunday, we will host a tour of the downtown section
of Regional Transit's new South Line.
New TRAC Board of Directors:
Don Bing is a resident of Ventura County. Don has been a TRAC member since
1983 and has served on the Board of Directors for most of that time. Recently Don
coordinated the current revision to TRAC's bylaws.
Don is a candidate for the Moorpark Citizens Transportation Advisory
Committee which works directly with Ventura County Transportation
Commission. Professionally, Don is a Compliance Officer for a major mortgage
banking institution where he works with attorneys to address regulatory issues.
San Mateo County
As a lifelong San Francisco Peninsula resident, I've been actively following in
Bay Area and state rail transportation politics ever since becoming a regular
Caltrain commuter in the late 80's. I joined TRAC, MTS, NARP and Peninsula Rail 2000
during the time leading up to the successful 1990 Prop. 116 initiative
campaign jointly spearheaded by TRAC and PCL.
Since that time, I went on to serve on the board and then as president of
Peninsula Rail 2000 (now BayRail Alliance) -- the largest Bay Area rail transit
advocacy and consumer group. During my service on the Caltrain JPB's Citizens
Advisory Committee, my fellow committee members twice elected me to be chair.
From numerous train trips here and in Europe, I have first-hand experience of a
wide variety of rail equipment types and services and have a good sense of what
works and what doesn't in public rail transit -- whether it be urban, intercity or
high speed rail.
My current top priorities/interests include Caltrain's electrification and
extension to downtown San Francisco's Transbay Terminal as well as concurrent -- and
substantial -- enhancement and integration of complementary Amtrak California
Corridor services. In addition, I am monitoring the rail elements in the current
MTC-sponsored "Bay Crossings" study, which range from additional transbay
BART, a transbay SF-Oakland FRA-compliant rail tube, and the establishment of
a Dumbarton Bridge corridor commuter rail service linking ACE, BART and the
Amtrak Capitols in the Union City/Fremont area with Caltrain at Redwood
Junction in Redwood City.
Los Angeles County
It has been both an honor and a pleasure to serve on the TRAC Board of Directors
this past year; a position I wish to maintain for the good of the organization. The
issues are many and complex. My extensive experiential knowledge of
transportation and transportation issues, backed by forty successful years in the
industry, both in the private and public sectors and having the privilege of direct
experience with both rail and rail interfacing modes; could be considered an
asset to the TRAC organization.
ROGER CHRISTENSEN (New TRAC VP)
Los Angeles County
I have recently been appointed to LAMTA's Citizen's Advisory Council. In
recent years I have been active on many of the Southern California rail advocacy
fronts: Friends4Expo (the group that convinced the MTA to choose light rail for
the Exposition corridor), the Transportation Committee of the Angeles Chapter
of the Sierra Club, Southern California Transit Advocates, all the recently formed
"friends" groups ... Friends of the Red Line, Friends of the Green Line (LA can be
a surprisingly friendly place) ... and also a member of the Pacific Railroad
Society and RailPac. My work schedule allows me to regularly attend MTA
Board and Committee Meetings which I monitor (and occassionally speak at) to
report what's happening to fellow rail advocates.
Los Angeles County
B.S. Economics / Transportation 1964 Ohio State University.
I have a lifelong interest in railroads and transit and particularly their economic
contributions both historic and projected. I have been on the TRAC board three
years. Last year I was one of the three members of the by-laws committee, which
successfully updated the by-laws. In addition to TRAC, I have served on:
The Southern California Association of Government Transportation Coalition
Board (four years); Glendale California Transportation and Parking Commission
(six years); Los Angeles County MTA Citizens Advisory Board (twele years).
Santa Clara County
I have served on the TRAC Board for five years, the last three years as secretary, I
would like to continue to serve as I feel that I can make a vital contribution to
As the board's Santa Clara County representative, I attend Peninsual Corridor
Joint Powers Board (Caltrain JPB), Capitol Corrdior Joint Powers Board (CCJPB),
Coast Rail Coordinating Committe (CRCC), San Joaquin Rail Committee, Trans
Bay Terminal and High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) meetings.
The restoration of the "Coast Daylight", and the extension of the San Joaquin
over Tehachapi are projects that need our help. As Director I will give the
projects my utmost attenon.
BILL KERBY - New TRAC Treasurer
Expanding passenger rail in California is my passion. TRAC has moved this state
from pouring more concrete into thinking more clearly about moving people
efficiently while leaving as small an impact on the environment as possible. I
can help continue the progress fostered by TRAC from my home base in
Sacrament. As your treasurer, I have learned procedures and practices that
meet the standars of our revised bylaws. As an instructor whose teaching
assignments include rail transportation, I bring a non-confrontational style to
implementing our mission. Decades of service at California State University at
Sacramento in administrative and academic posts have taught me the effective
way to deal with public-policy makers and corporate decision makers.
Los Angeles County
Ron Kilcoyne was one of the founding directors of TRAC in 1984, serving until
1989 and also again during the mid 90's. Ron also was one of the founders of
Peninsula Rail 2000 (now Bayrail Alliance) in 1983 where he served as President
until 1990. He has over 22 years of professional and management experience in
the transit industry including serving as Manager of Research and Planning for
AC Transit and General Manager of Santa Clara Transit. He was instrumental in
building two of the three Metrolink Stations in Santa Clarita (the only city other
than Los Angeles that has more than two stations). Mr. Kilcoyne is
now employed by Korve Engingeer in the Los Angeles office where he is
engaged in numerous bus and rail studies.
Since joining NARP and CRC in the 1970's Mr. Kilcoyne has been a strong
advocate for growing rail passenger service in California and throughout the U.S.
San Mateo County
I returned to TRAC Board last year because of the renewed activity in high
speed rail. I was the president of TRAC for several years. While president I was
involved in the development of the original high speed rail legislations by TRAC.
I'm considered the HSR expert at TRAC. In the 1980s in working for Flour
Corporation on the American High Speed Rail Project. I began my career
working for Utah Construction, Dillingham, Kaiser, and J.A. Jones on several rail
related projects. These projects include coal processing in the Powder River
Basin and rail projects in Africa, Australia and South America.
I would like to stay on the TRAC Board to see the high speed rail project
through to its conclusion.
JAMES R. MILLS
San Diego County
I am a former member of the California State Senate, and for ten years served as
President Pro-Tempore of the Senate. I authorized legislation which initiated the
state rail program and provided funds for the first California Amtrak 403(b)
service. I also co-authored the Transportation Development Act of 1971,
creating the largest public transportation funding source in any state, as well as
Proposition 5 of 1974, which made highway funds available for construction of
rail projects subject to a vote by county. More recently, I served as Chair of the
LOS-SAN Committee and as a member of the High Speed Rail Commission. I
would be pleased to serve as a member of the TRAC Board.
Since April 1997, I have been a regular rider on the Capitol Corridor trains from
Davis to Emeryville, where I work as an environmental consultant. Given my
three-hour commute each day, I decided that I could not afford to be an
uninvolved passenger, riding the train day in and day out and listening to
complaints from other passengers when things went wrong. Despite the many
positive aspects of the train service, there were many issues that needed to get
someone's attention. On-time performance and more trains scheduled to meet
rider demand continue to be the highest priority for regular riders. After a few
months as a daily commuter, I was transformed from a rail passegner into a rail
passenger advocate. In 1998, another regular rider and I launched a website
(http://www.trainweb.org/capitolcorridorcommuters) for Capitol Corridor
riders. The website provides a forum for disseminating and exchanging
information about train service and pre-dates the official Capitol Corridor
website. I even found a willing sponsor - trainweb - at a TRAC meeting! Since
then, I have served as a liaison between passengers and the Capitol Corridor
Joint Powers Authority and Amtrak when passengers - or service related issues
arise. I have also provided necessary feedback to the cities of Davis and
Sacramento regarding parking issues at the stations and participated as a
member of the Sacramento Intermodal Station Area Working Group,
representing the passengers as stakeholder. Through all of these experiences,
I have learned the value of having a voice to effect positive change.
RICHARD F. TOLMACH New TRAC President
I was a founding member of TRAC and want to continue to lead the organization.
I have had over 20 years experience in planning and analyzing rail passenger
service. I wish to continue to serve in promoting new train services for TRAC.
Train service has a future if we keep it cost effective and popularly priced. I
will continue to do the most to promote these goals.
San Francisco County
Mr. Wanaselja has more than 39 years of experience in all areas of railroad
engineering and planning, including operations, project management and
construction management for high speed rail, commuter rail, light rail, freight
rail and rapid transit projects. He has served in various capacities on rail projects
over the years ranging from Project Manager to Technical Advisor. Mr.
Wanaselja's broad foundation of rail expertise provides a sound basis from which
to manage projects ranging from rail feasibility studies to final transit and rail
station design projects. A recent relevant project for which Mr. Wanaseljia was
Railroad Operations Manager was the San Gabriel Valley Grade Crossing Study.
This study evaluated exisitng and future traffic operations at 79 grade crossings
along two rail lines in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties and
recommended a broad program of improvements. Mr. Wanaselja worked with the
railroads (Amtrak, Metrolink, Union Pacific and Southern Pacific) to learn
existing levels of train traffic and to develop future projections. He also analyzed
existing rail operational practices in the corridor and changes considered by the
railroads as a result of the SP-UP merger.
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Vehicles AMTRAK Vice President of Operations. As
the first Vice President of Operations at the startup of Amtrak, responsible for
all intercity passenger train operations nationwide, involving 13 railroads, 20,000
route miles, and over 200 daily passenger trains. Responsibility also included
capital improvements such as equipment acquisition and new stations.
Managed the selection and procurement of all the passenger rolling stock that
Amtrak acquired from the private railroads as part of initiating Amtrak service.
This included assessment of the condition of over 3,000 passenger cars and
locomotives throughout the country, and selecting which ones Amtrak would
purchase. Also negotiated an acquisition agreement with the Budd Company to
procure 12 additional high speed Metroliner multiple-unit cars to institute
hourly Metroliner service in the Northeast Corridor.
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