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.
Saturday August 3rd at 1 p.m. member Brian Yanity will give a presentation on Metro Vancouver’s excellent transit system, Transit Oriented Development planning and policies, and its lessons for Southern California. This will be held at Angelus Plaza, 255 S. Hill St. (4th floor) in downtown Los Angeles. Free and open to the public.
OCTA will operate the OC Fair Express July 13th to August 11th; details at this link.
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.
We have taken a support position on SB-742 regarding Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach services, joining the Rail Passenger Association of California and Nevada (RailPAC). This would lift a prohibition against using the services unless the trip includes train travel. A letter of support has been submitted to the California legislature. Our position was noted in an analysis prepared when the bill was being voted on by the California Senate.
Links to information on the bill and its status:
The Los Angeles Downtown News quoted Treasurer Dana Gabbard regarding proposed rail service reductions by LA Metro