California Trains Running Even Slower Due to Homeless on Tracks

Breitbart | 4/16/2018 | Staff
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California’s terrible commuter rail service speeds and on-time performance are growing worse, due to homeless camps near the tracks and transients wandering on the rails.

The Sacramento Bee reports that train engineers are warning system operators and passengers that homeless people wandering on the rails have been hit, and engineers have been forced to slow and make high-speed emergency stops to avoid hitting transients.

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But even with Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor passenger service, which operates between Sacramento and Silicon Valley, combining with the Union Pacific Railroad freight service on adjacent tracks to report homeless encampments to law enforcement, California’s homeless have civil rights allowing them to nest on city sidewalks and near isolated train tracks.

Breitbart News reported in July that the Trump administration plans to dump about half of Amtrak’s $1.4 billion annual taxpayer subsidy for passenger trains that have an on-time performance as low as 6 percent.

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The San Francisco Chronicle noted that the Amtrak subsidy for the Capitol Corridor — running for 170 miles from Sacramento to Oakland and San Jose — was $700 million, or about $50.98 for each of the about 3,500 passengers who take the train each day.

Although the Capitol Corridor claims to have an average speed of 68 miles per hour, the Vision Implementation Report stated that Capitol Corridor trains “can’t go on forever making just 15 daily round trips, at an average speed of less than 45 miles per hour.”

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The government-produced report made no mention of the homeless causing delays. Advocates instead...
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