It has been a while since I last wrote about the Pacific Surfliner and the process of it transitioning to local management.
The first bit of news is the timetable that went into effect April 1st reflects that subsequently selected trips now serve stations of San Diego County’s Coaster commuter service that previously were not served by the Surfliner. The Rail Passenger Association of California & Nevada (RailPAC) has expressed concerns about this along with sharing same with Caltrans. In summary their complaint is “Degrading Intercity Schedules to cover gaps in Commuter Service a bad policy and contrary to State Rail Plan”. AFAIK our friends in Sacramento felt no need to respond to RailPAC or the issues it raised.
Meanwhile San Diego transit agency NCTD finally accepted a revised by laws for the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (LOSSAN) which will have ultimate responsibility for the Surfliner although it is to continue being operated by Amtrak and funded by the state of California.
The next step is selection of a managing agency much as was recently done for the San Joaquin Amtrak route that serves the Central Valley plus the Bay Area and Sacramento. At the June 19th LOSSAN Board meeting the three agencies that have applied to be the managing agency for the Surfliner made presentations. These are Metro, OCTA and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.
At Fridays’s LOSSAN meeting being held in San Diego the managing agency will be selected (agenda item #7). The recommendation of a screening committee is that OCTA be selected. They stated their decision was based on the following factors: Read more…