Orange County balks at Anaheim streetcar plan

Plans for a $319 million, 3.2-mile streetcar in Anaheim, Calif., are meeting resistance from the Orange County Transportation Authority, even though OCTA has set aside $13 million for engineering and planning purposes.

Caltrain Board reviews budget, ridership growth

Caltrain said Thursday its staff offered a preliminary report to the Joint Powers Board indicating the rail service’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget will be balanced, but warning that FY15 could produce a budget shortfall that might trigger fare increases and service cuts.

Next California city eyeing streetcars: Riverside

Riverside, Calif. Mayor Rusty Bailey is proceeding with plans for a 12-mile streetcar line linking University of California-Riverside with the city’s western boundary.

SPRINTER stopped in its tracks indefinitely

San Diego County’s North County Transit District (NCTD) suspended SPRINTER diesel light railway transit (DLRT) service Saturday “in order to perform necessary maintenance repairs”—repairs that some observers say could take months.

Monterey County eyes extended Capitol Corridor

Monterey County, Calif., is considering a proposal to extend rail service roughly 60 miles south of San Jose, in Santa Clara County, to Salinas, Calif.—in essence adding to the heavily used Capitol Corridor intercity rail service area.

Caltrans unveils draft State Rail Plan

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released the draft California State Rail Plan (CSRP) and plans to hold a series of five open houses and a webinar to gather public input before a final plan is issued this summer.

Airport link eyed for SMART rail startup

Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) rail operations, to serve its namesake counties north of San Francisco, may add an airport/rail station stop at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, according to local officials.

EMD gets Metrolink Tier 4 locomotive order

Metrolink’s Board of Directors has authorized the purchase of EPA Tier 4 locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), which it says will reduce locomotive emissions by 86%.

SMART seeks more train cars, irking bicyclists

Twelve diesel multiple-unit (DMU) cars have already been ordered by California’s Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), but a move to add one more set has angered some allies of the rail project.

BART explores express, split/merge service

BART officials have begun reviewing system operations with a eye toward offering both express services and split/merge operations, where a train is divided or joined en route to or from two different terminal points.