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ACR-66 Amtrak service: Sacramento-San Francisco Bay area, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles.(1989-1990)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 66
CHAPTER 142

Relative to Amtrak service.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 21, 1989. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 66, Eastin. Amtrak service: Sacramento-San Francisco Bay area, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles.
This measure would request that the Department of Transportation conduct a study of overnight National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) rail passenger service between Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay area, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles, taking specified matters into account, as a part of its annual rail passenger development plan.

WHEREAS, The Department of Transportation contracted with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) for the operation of overnight rail passenger service between Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay area, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles between 1981 and 1983; and
WHEREAS, Since the discontinuation of that service, a number of factors have changed, including a substantial increase in air fares, the negotiation by Amtrak of more efficient and less costly operating rules, and the increasing popularity of rail passenger service on other California corridors, most notably the Los Angeles to San Diego corridor and the San Joaquin Valley corridor; and
WHEREAS, It is possible that an overnight rail service under these more positive circumstances could succeed; and
WHEREAS, Due to long lead times in securing appropriate rolling stock for an overnight rail passenger service, it is appropriate to reevaluate the potential viability of a restored overnight service between Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay area, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Department of Transportation is hereby requested to evaluate the potential operating characteristics of overnight rail passenger service between Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay area, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles as part of the annual rail passenger development plan prepared pursuant to Section 14036 of the Government Code; and be it further
Resolved, That the operating results for patronage and financial performance achieved for this service between 1981 and 1983 be appropriately adjusted to reflect actual changed circumstances and possible adjustments to the provision of service, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(1)  Higher air fares between northern and southern California.
(2)  The availability of Amtrak coach excursion fares, including the successful “seven dollar return fare” in effect on other routes operated under contract with the department.
(3)  New, more efficient Amtrak train crewing agreements.
(4)  More favorable Amtrak accounting practices relating to allocation of operating and equipment costs.
(5)  The impact of extensions of service to San Diego, San Francisco, Riverside, and Reno.
(6)  The impact of added station stops in the San Fernando Valley, the Fremont/Newark area, Gilroy, Roseville, and elsewhere.
(7)  The impact of schedules which would result in a southbound arrival time in Santa Barbara not earlier than 6 a.m.
(8)  The impact of providing appropriate equipment for the trains, consisting of comfortable reclining seat coaches and economy sleepers, and the provision of onboard showers available to all passengers either on a complementary or fee basis; and be it further
Resolved, That the department analyze these impacts and determine whether a reasonable likelihood exists that overnight service between Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay area, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles would be able to comply with the state-mandated efficiency standards within the time specified in Section 14031.8 of the Government Code; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the department consider in its analyses, all data, information, findings, and recommendations developed by past and current rail corridor studies that have been requested by the Legislature, including studies of the Auburn-Sacramento-San Jose, Los Angeles-San Diego, Los Angeles-San Bernardino, and Los Angeles-Santa Barbara corridors; and be it further
Resolved, That the department cooperate with Amtrak to obtain the information needed to properly assess the potential success of overnight rail passenger service; and be it further
Resolved, That, if the department concludes that overnight service between Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay area, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles could reasonably be expected to comply with the state’s efficiency standards, the department include in its analysis an estimate of equipment needs and costs, as well as annual operating costs, and a recommendation of appropriate equipment for this service; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit a copy of this resolution to the Director of Transportation.