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Welcome to the SO.CA.TA webpage

The following SO.CA.TA Board members were elected at our December 9th  meeting:

  • President- Mark Strickert
  • Vice President- Perias Pillay
  • Treasurer- Dana Gabbard
  • Secretary- HughJohn Malanaphy

Charles Hobbs was appointed as Newsletter Editor. Andy Novak continues as Archivist.

The next SOCATA meeting will take place Saturday, December 7th, 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Angelus Plaza in Los Angeles (255 S. Hill St., 4th floor). We will hold nominations for 2020 Board of Directors, elections for said offices, and discuss dues and possible events for the coming year.

Due to inclement weather the Day After Thanksgiving study tour has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 26th.

Planned by President Strickert, this is the itinerary:

A Los Angeles-Bakersfield-Lancaster “Kite” trip, using the recently initiated Kern Transit route 130.

Metrolink
Leave LA Union Station – 8:29 AM
Arrive Santa Clarita – 9:32 AM

Kern Transit 130
Leave Santa Clarita – 10:55 AM
Arrive Bakersfield GET – 12:48 PM

Kern Transit 100
Leave Bakersfield GET – 2:26 PM
Arrive Lancaster – 5:00 PM

Metrolink
Leave Lancaster 6:17 PM
Leave Palmdale 6:26 PM
Arrive LA Union 8:42 PM

Fares
Metrolink LA-Santa Clarita $ 7.50
Kern Transit $ 5.00 each bus
Metrolink Lancaster-LA $11.50

Our booth at the 80th anniversary celebration of Los Angeles Union Station on Saturday May 4th was a great success. We were mentioned in advance coverage of the event by the Los Angeles Downtown News. Richard Morallo of Metro posted a video on YouTube of the event that shows our booth at 1:37.

SB-742 regarding Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach services which we supported was signed by Governor Newsom Oct. 8, 2019.

The Los Angeles Downtown News quoted Treasurer Dana Gabbard regarding proposed rail service reductions by LA Metro