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Feb 12, 2016 - The Desert Sun: L.A.'s Union Station: a great first stop on trip to Palm Springs by Skip Descant
There are several reasons to arrive early at Union Station for your 4 p.m. train to the Coachella Valley. Report & Video of L.A. Union Station tour ... Read More>>

April 18, 2015 - RIVERSIDE: Rail project awareded $2.98 million grant
A $2.98 million Federal Railroad Administration grant will support plans to provide daily Amtrak service between Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley. Read More>>

Sep 11, 2014 - Our Voice: Long slow climb toward daily Amtrak service
Desert Sun editorial board: The daily Amtrak route between Indio and Los Angeles is inching closer to reality as slowly as the Coastline Starlight climb on the Cuesta Grade up north out of San Luis Obispo. It’s a long, slow climb… Read More>>

May 24, 2014 - Save The Chief!
Spectacular Scenery – World Class Tourism – Essential Transportation. This train needs YOUR help NOW! Almost one third of Amtrak’s historic SOUTHWEST CHIEF route that carries this legendary train through western Kansas, southeastern Colorado, and northern New Mexico is threatened with abandonment. If funding is not identified to rehabilita… Read More>>

May 24, 2014 - Save The Chief Color PDF Flyer
Spectacular Scenery – World Class Tourism – Essential Transportation. This train needs YOUR help NOW! Read More>>

Oct 25, 2013 - If you get that train rolling, they will come
Our valley leaders are to be heartily congratulated over their decision to fund a study and continue to support the increase of passenger trains to and from our valley... Read More>>

Oct 25, 2013 - Major steps being made toward rail
CVAG, county transportation commission pact a major step toward daily rail service... Read More>>

Oct 12, 2013 - Coachella Valley Passenger Train
The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) voted unanimously at their October 9, 2013 meeting, to approve... Read More>>

May 14, 2013 - The Little Train That Could
At the April 29th meeting of the Executive Committee, the members tackled the issue of how best to move forward in bringing passenger rail to the Coachella Valley... Read More>>

Proposal boosts valley-LA rail link
The recent draft of the 2013 California State Rail Plan includes a Coachella Valley Route that would connect Los Angeles to Indio, expanding passenger rail service for the Palm Springs region... Read More>>

Feb 22, 2013 - Expanding rail service from Coachells Valley to Los Angeles could make communit easier
A weekend getaway to Palm Springs from Los Angeles could get a lot easier. No, there’s not a new highway planned or can’t-pass-up flight deals... Read More>>

Dec 17, 2012 - Another Small Step
Will we ever have a daily train from Los Angeles to Palm Springs and Indio? Many folks have asked that same question, and I can only say that it takes a very long time. Read More>>

Aug 23, 2012 - Another Step for the Coachella Valley Train
The Federal Rail Road Administration requires that any new state passenger rail service must be included in a state rail plan and this plan must be updated approximately every two years. This would of course include the proposed Los Angeles to Palm Springs and Indio train. Fortunately, this train has already been in the state plan since the late 1990s... Read More>>

Jul 09, 2012 - Additional Rail Passenger Service for California
We at Southwest Rail have been focused on encouraging additional passenger rail service from Los Angeles to Palm Springs and Indio... Read More>>

May 31, 2012 - First Sunset Limited Trip on New Schedule
TRIP REPORT: Talk about a change of pace, how about eating a late dinner at Traxx Restaurant which is located directly inside Los Angeles Union Station!... Read More>>

Dec 21, 2011 - Special Report - Passenger Train Service in the West - Meetings in Washington, DC
Often we complain about things but fail to correct the problem. Yes, I’m referring to the underserved passenger train service in the west. This conveys the sad... Read More>>

Dec 05, 2011 - Congratulations Union Pacific: Steam arrives into Indio
The temporary Transportation Center in the heart of downtown Indio, witnessed more people then anyone could have imagined on this special day... Read More>>

Mar 06, 2011 - The time has come for daily train service in the Coachella Valley
A daily Amtrak train between Indio and Los Angeles would be a dream come true. Of course, folks have been dreaming about this for decades and it always hits two walls... Read More>>

Mar 06, 2011 - We need daily trains between here and Los Angeles
Several Sundays ago, we drove to Los Angeles to see a matinee. After the play, we headed home to Palm Springs. Unfortunately, it started to sprinkle as we got on the Hollywood Freeway... Read More>>

Feb 21, 2011 - L.A.-Indio rail expansion plan gaining steam
For the past 20 years, local leaders have talked about linking the Coachella Valley to Los Angeles with better passenger rail service. But without money, the idea never really gained steam... Read More>>

Aug 14, 2010 - The Future of the Sunset Limited
America’s oldest “named” train, the Sunset Limited, started service in 1893 and was Southern Pacific’s premier train. It still operates today between Los Angeles and New Orleans... Read More>>

Jun 16, 2010 - Amtrak Meeting
On behalf of Amtrak, a special train trip for California elected officials and other invited guests was provided by Amtrak President and CEO, Joe Boardman and his board of directors, including Chairman, Thomas Carper, Vice Chair, Donna McClean, Director Nancy Naples and Federal Railroad Administrator, Joe Szabo. Also included in this trip were Mark Yachmetz, Associate Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, and Joe McHugh, Amtrak Vice President Government Affairs along with other Amtrak officials... Read More>>

Jan 14, 2010 - Rail Service to the Imperial Valley?
Imagine being able to board a passenger train in the Imperial Valley and have it whisk you away north to the Los Angeles area. Hard to believe that this scenario was once possible... Read More>>

















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