County, Sierra Northern claim to have deal in place for tourist trains; special session called fo...

The county Regional Transportation Commission has called a special session for Thursday to sign off on an overdue plan for tourist trains on the North Coast. Full Story
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Creekan

Santa Cruz, CA

#82 Oct 14, 2010
Thanks, ya right, for going to the meeting! It's such a pain in the butt to get to those unless you happen to live or work right downtown, and kudos to you for arranging to be there. So few people show up for meetings of that sort, it makes a real impact.
ya right wrote:
by the way Creekan... thanks for being one of the few rational people who engage with these folks who complain all the time on some dumb forum, but probably never showed up to all the public meetings on the subject to voice their opinions to the city leaders they so love to dis. If you call them on that they get all defensive and say that they were working and try to be all "joe the plumber"....
Well I work 40 plus a week and I felt strongly about this- SO i managed to get down to the council chambers along with everyone else who wanted this deal to go through. I can count how many of you naysayers showed up with one hand, and still have a finger to flip you off with and a finger to pick my nose with.
SO to say that the majority of locals don't want this is a total load of crap. Most locals just dont spend all their time on the computer. they go out and ride their bike or do something constructive. like going to council meetings so they can shape the town they live in....
Creekan

Santa Cruz, CA

#83 Oct 14, 2010
Suntan Special wrote:
Sierra Northern has a lot of exciting plans for the Santa Cruz Branch Line. One of the plans is to run the Suntan Special from San Jose to Santa Cruz during the summer holidays after they upgrade the track to Class I status.
It won’t be long before Amtrak is at the Boardwalk again.
http://www.yesteryeardepot.com/ATSNTN.JPG
I would be so excited and happy about that I'd probably faint before I could get onto the train! haha

Imagine how different things would be in the SLV if we still had a train up to Boulder Creek.
eric d

Santa Cruz, CA

#84 Oct 14, 2010
Creekan wrote:
Thanks, eric d! It's good to see you posting, too.:)
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Right back at ya'!

By now we all know that a deal was finally reached between the RTC and Sierra Pacific. I'm stoked.

This is only the beginning but at least the rail corridor is now more available for future passenger service, however that evolves.

I've learned to appreciate small steps toward any kind of progress in this country.

By the way, what did finally happen to that Amtrak experiment ?

Did it meet the same fate as the electric car?
Creekan

Santa Cruz, CA

#85 Oct 15, 2010
Longest journey starts with one small step, the saying goes. I'm not sure about what happened with Amtrak, but there might be something over here http://www.santacruzpl.org/history/topics/18/ ... there's lots of cool stuff on that site.

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