Coast Rail Coordinating Council (CRCC)

The Coast Rail Coordinating Council (CRCC) is a coalition of coastal county transportation and planning agencies organized to improve passenger rail services.

The primary focus of the CRCC is to improve the frequency, speed, reliability and ease of use of passenger trains on the coast route between San Francisco and Los Angeles .

Current efforts include developing a EIR/EIS for rail improvements along the corridor between San Luis Obispo and Salinas. A scoping meeting was held on August 30, 2012. 


Background

In 1992, through the passage of Assembly Resolution 39, State legislators requested that coastal transportation planning agencies prepare an upgrade study for the Pacific Coast Railroad Route between downtown Los Angeles and downtown San Francisco. Six transportation agencies from coastal counties (Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Santa Cruz) produced the following documents and studies:

  • Coast Corridor Service Development Plan - May 2013

  • Coast Daylight Brochure– 2007 updated version of new LA-SF service plan.

  • Coast Rail Capacity Analysis – 2005 ( Washington Group) identifies capital improvements required

  • 20 Year Rail Improvement Plan Summary Report– 2001 (Amtrak)

  • Coast Daylight Implementation Plan -2000 (Wilbur Smith & Associates) an operating plan for new train services on the Coast Route

  • Southern Pacific Coast Route Infrastructure Report  - 1996 (HDR) was completed which concluded that fairly significant time savings could be achieved by upgrading the corridor and using “tilt-train” technology.

  • Coast Rail Improvement Study - 1994 (Schiermeyer) 


Organizational Structure

The CRCC includes a Technical Committee which is made up of staff members from the various agencies, and a Policy Committee which is made up of elected officials (or previously elected officials) from each of the agencies. Meetings alternate between the Technical and Policy Committees. The Technical Committee typically meets six times per year, and the Policy Committee meets four times per year. The locations of the meetings are rotated north and south along the corridor. San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) has taken on the responsibility for staffing the CRCC. In 2001, Policy Committee representation was expanded to include additional representation from the San Francisco Bay Area, the railroads, and commuter rail agencies.

During Amtrak’s development of the Master Plan for California in 2001, Policy Committee representation was expanded to include additional representation from the San Francisco Bay Area, the railroads, and commuter rail agencies. 


Current Work Efforts

The CRCC acts as an interregional forum to discuss all intercity rail issues of mutual concern, including, but not limited to; the intercity rail plans, local and state rail plans, freight railroad issues, and capital improvement projects. Primarily, the CRCC is working with the Caltrans Rail Program, Amtrak and Union Pacific to initiate a new train from downtown San Francisco to downtown Los Angeles – the Coast Daylight train. Funding is included in the California State Rail Plan for Coast Daylight services, and resolutions of support have been collected from 20 supporting agencies, and state legislators.


Participating Agencies

Participating regional agencies: LAMTA, Ventura CTC, Santa Barbara CAG, San Luis Obispo COG, Transportation Agency for Monterey County, Santa Cruz CRTC, San Benito, San Mateo County, Caltrain...and others


Current Meetings & Agendas

For the latest Coast Rail Coordinating Council meeting dates and agendas, please visit SLOCOG.ORG/CRCC.

 

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