Digest: Proposed rail service to Southern California music festivals sidetracked

News Wire Digest second section for July 14: VIA Rail Canada sets annual public meeting; Caltrain hires naming rights consultant
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A Pacific Surfliner rolls along the bluffs of Del Mar, Calif. The agency that operates the Surfliner says it was unable to reach agreement to operate special trains to two major music festivals in Indio, Calif.
TRAINS: David Lassen

More Tuesday morning rail news in brief:

Proposal for trains to California music festivals is sidelined

A proposal to run special trains between Los Angeles and Indio, Calif., for two major music festivals has been sidelined, although there’s disagreement as to the reason. The Palm Springs Desert Sun reports Riverside County officials say they’re no longer pursuing operation of trains to ease traffic going to the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and its country-music counterpart, Stagecoach, saying they were unable to reach an agreement with Union Pacific. Union Pacific, however, said in a statement to the paper that it remained open to the proposal and the decision not to proceed came from the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency, which operates Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner as well as special-event trains in the region. A LOSSAN spokesman said the agency was unable to reach agreements to operate the service but would like to revisit the issue in the future.

VIA sets annual public meeting for Aug. 13
VIA Rail Canada will hold its annual public meeting webcast on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m. EDT. The meeting will be carried on VIA’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and will feature Francoise Bertrand, chairman of the board of directors; CEO Cynthia Garneau; and Patricia Jasmin, chief financial officer. Canadians are also invited to submit questions through the public meeting page on VIA’s website.

Caltrain hires naming rights consultant
San Francisco-San Jose commuter railroad Caltrain has hired a naming rights consultant to seek additional revenues for the agency, which does not have a dedicated source of funding. Elevate Sports Ventures of Santa Clara, Calif., will assist with identification and evaluation of potential naming-rights assets, create marketing plans, and guide Caltrain through the sales and negotiation process, according to a press release. Caltrain’s board approved a naming rights policy in March 2019.


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