Palm Springs High School
Palm Springs High School is a public high school for grades 9 through 12 located in Palm Springs, California as part of the Palm Springs Unified School District. It was built in 1938 in an effort led by city pioneer Nellie Coffman. Palm Springs High School is in the Desert Valley League, which includes Cathedral City High School, Coachella Valley High School, Indio High School, La Quinta High School and Palm Desert High School. Palm Springs High School football won their first California Interscholastic Federation championship in the fall of 2009. Boys varsity football won the CIF Championship in 2009–2010 and 2014, has DVL titles 4 out of the last six years in 2008–2009, 2010–2011, 2011–2012,2012-2013 and 2014-2015. Girls Varsity Volleyball has won 7 Desert Valley League Titles from 2008–2011, again from 2013-2015. In 2008 they made it to the Quarter Finals of CIF and in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 made it to the Semi-Finals. In 2014, they made it to CIF Finals, won the championship against Scripps Ranch.
Girls Varsity Soccer won a Desert Valley League title 2008–2009 with nine freshman and again in 2010–2011 going to the second round in the California Interscholastic Federation with all returning freshman now juniors. Boys varsity basketball won 4 straight DVL titles from 2010–2013. In 2013, they made it to first round of CIF. Boys soccer went undefeated in the 2012–2013 season retaining the DVL title, since 1999. Catharine Baker - California State Assemblymember representing California's 16th Assembly District Robert Hertzberg – Speaker, California State Assembly Alex Hyde-White – actor Alejandro Mendoza – democratic socialist politician from Texas Eric Rasmussen - physician, TED Prize CEO York Shackleton – snowboarder and actor Robin Shou – actor and martial artist Official Site U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Palm Springs High School
Yuma County Area Transit
The Yuma County Area Transit system is a public transportation system based in Yuma County, Arizona. Since 1990 the agency has grown from a new transit service offering paratransit to the current mix of fixed-route and demand-responsive services serving over 32,000 riders per month, with an annual operating budget of $2.5 million. YCAT is the local Greyhound Lines agent. Before 1999 only private transportation companies operated any type of transit service in Yuma County, with taxis serving the urbanized areas and private van services providing transportation between San Luis and Yuma. Paratransit in Yuma County began in February 1999; when the Saguaro Foundation began operating a public dial-a-ride system funded by Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization in 1996, YMPO's fixed-route service began in February 1999 with service between San Luis and Yuma under the name Valley Transit. The name YCAT or Yuma County Area Transit was adopted in 2002, with a new system of two routes, a local route within Yuma and an intercity route between San Luis and Yuma/Arizona Western College.
YCAT service between Yuma and Foothills was initiated in 2001, but the ridership was not considered high enough to justify the cost, the system was shortened to terminate at Arizona Western College. After a comprehensive review of the transit system by Moore and Associates, as well as financial and operating difficulties in 2003 which nearly caused the fixed-route transit system to shut down, the city of Yuma and other member jurisdictions in Yuma County contributed additional funding to the system. YMPO selected a new operating contractor, service survived. Two routes were added to the system in 2004, an additional route to Wellton was initiated in January 2006. Service was expanded to 10:00 pm on all routes in the system on a network of seven routes. In 2010, again after financial and operating difficulties, reductions in funding from the State of Arizona and local member entities, which resulted in the elimination of two routes within the City of Yuma, reduction of service hours from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.
YCAT came close to closing down. However, a new operations strategy adopted by YMPO came into play to save the transit system using a reduced level of local funding from its member entities with the exception of the City of Yuma. In December 2010, a new agency - Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority was formed to assume the operation of transit services from YMPO, completed on July 1, 2012. A new service delivery model was implemented on January 9, 2012, with a complete restructure of all routes to improve efficiency. Today, a total of 9 routes now operate Monday through Saturday on a fleet of 17 YCAT fixed route buses and 11 cutaways and vans. Both demand-response and fixed-route service is administered and funded by the YCIPTA and its member agencies, operated by a private contractor. Presently, YCIPTA owns all vehicles for fixed-route and demand-response service as well as the lease for the East 14th Street and Atlantic Avenue maintenance facility. Under Arizona Revised Statutes - Title 28 Transportation, an intergovernmental public transportation authority may be organized in any county in Arizona with a population of two hundred thousand persons or less.
Besides the YCIPTA, the Coconino and Yavapai Counties. The YCIPTA is an IPTA, formed on December 13, 2010 by the Yuma County Board of Supervisors to administer, plan and maintain public transit services throughout Yuma County, including within the political jurisdictional boundaries of the Cities of Yuma, San Luis, Town on Wellton and the unincorporated Yuma County areas. On September 21, 2010, the Town of Wellton and City of Somerton passed a resolution to petition the County to form the IPTA. On October 3 and 20, 2010 the Cities of San Luis and Yuma passed a resolution to petition the County to form the IPTA. On December 6, 2010, Northern Arizona University petitioned the County to join the IPTA. On December 13, 2010, the County held a public hearing and approved the formation of the IPTA. On January 24, 2011, the Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority held its first Board of Directors meeting. Since the first meeting, Arizona Western College, Quechan Indian Tribe, Cocopah Indian Tribe has petition and joined the IPTA.
Support from the YMPO Executive Board was provided in August 2010 through the formation of a subcommittee to establish new governance structure for public transit management and again in August 2011 through the adoption of a resolution with an intent to transfer transit operations to YCIPTA by July 1, 2012. The transition was completed on July 1, 2012. In 2014, National Express replaced First Transit as the operator, it is the intent that the Federal Transit Administration funding, used to support Yuma County Area Transit and Greater Yuma Area Dial-A-Ride would be used by YCIPTA through YCIPTA designation as a grantee. YCIPTA would receive local match funding from the governmental entities, Indian tribes plus Northern Arizona University and Arizona Western College. Yuma County Area Transit is the marketing name for the fixed route transit system. YCAT OnCall is the marketing name for the demand responsive transit system known as Greater Yuma Area Dial-A-Ride. YCAT began in 2003 as a rebranded effort from what was known as Valley Transit.
Greater Yuma Area Dial-A-Ride began in 1996 an
Palm Springs Air Museum
The Palm Springs Air Museum, is a non-profit educational institution in Palm Springs, Riverside County, California. The Museum's mission is to exhibit and eternalize the role of the World War II combat aircraft and the role the pilots and American citizens had in winning the war. In addition to flying aircraft, related artifacts and library sources are used to perpetuate American history, it contains one of the world's largest collections of flying World War II warplanes, many of which were built in Southern California. Many of these aircraft have been used by motion picture companies in movies set during the second world war. Located on the north-east side of the Palm Springs International Airport, the Air Museum is housed in a new structure that includes three main display hangars, gift shop and airport access for flight demonstrations and visiting planes, research library and education center. An extensive collection of aviation art by Stan Stokes; the museum was founded by Pete Madison. It opened to the public on 11 November 1996.
The museum opened a new hangar, named for Major General Ken Miles, in May 2017. Hussey, Steven P.. Aircraft of... Palm Springs Air Museum. P. 68. ISBN 978-1467507325. Niemann, Greg. "40: Reviving the Big One – WWII". Palm Springs Legends: creation of a desert oasis. San Diego, CA: Sunbelt Publications. P. 286. ISBN 978-0-932653-74-1. OCLC 61211290. Official website Organizational Profile – National Center for Charitable Statistics
The Southwest Chief is a passenger train operated by Amtrak on a 2,265-mile route through the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. It runs between Chicago and Los Angeles, passing through Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico and California. During fiscal year 2015, the Southwest Chief carried 367,267 passengers, up 4.3 percent from FY 2014. The route grossed $44,904,314 in revenue during FY 2015, a 0.6 percent increase from FY 2014. Amtrak had plans for replacing the route between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Dodge City, Kansas with bus service, but as of October 2018, these are shelved; the Southwest Chief is the successor to the Super Chief, along with the Chief and El Capitan, were notable Chicago-Los Angeles trains operated by the Atchison and Santa Fe Railway. The Super Chief name was retained after Amtrak took over passenger rail service in 1971. In March 1974, the Santa Fe forced Amtrak to drop the name because of a perceived decline in quality after the Amtrak takeover; the train was renamed the Southwest Limited.
After subsequent improvements, the Santa Fe allowed Amtrak to change its name to the Southwest Chief on October 28, 1984. Amtrak operated the Southwest Chief in conjunction with the Capitol Limited, a daily Washington DC-Chicago service, in 1997 and 1998; the two trains used the same Superliner equipment sets, passengers traveling on both trains could remain aboard during the layover in Chicago. Announced in 1996, Amtrak planned to call this through service the "National Chief" with its own numbers, although the name and numbers were never used. Amtrak dropped the practice with the May 1998 timetable. On October 2, 1979, the Southwest Limited derailed at Kansas. Of the 30 crew and 147 passengers on board, two people were killed and 69 were injured; the cause was excessive speed on a curve. Underlying causes were that the engineer was unfamiliar with the route, that signage indicating the speed restriction had been removed during track repairs. On August 9, 1997, the eastbound Southwest Chief derailed about 5 miles northeast of Kingman, when a bridge, its undergirding washed out by a flash flood, collapsed under the weight of the train, traveling close to 90 miles per hour.
While the lead locomotive stayed on the track, the three trailing locomotives, nine passenger cars, seven baggage and mail cars derailed. All stayed upright. Of the 325 passengers and crew aboard, 154 people were injured and none were killed. On October 16, 1999, the westbound Southwest Chief suffered a minor derailment near Ludlow, following the Hector Mine earthquake. All the cars stayed upright, four passengers were injured. On March 14, 2016, the Southwest Chief derailed 3 miles from Kansas. Of 14 crew and 128 passengers, 20 were injured. Investigators determined the train derailed after the tracks were knocked out of alignment by a runaway truck from a nearby farm operation; the vehicle had rolled down a hill and struck the tracks after the owners had failed to secure the parking brake. Unique among all long-distance Superliner trains, the Southwest Chief is permitted to run up to a maximum of 90 mph along significant portions of the route because of automatic train stop installed by the Atchison and Santa Fe Railway.
Given Amtrak's projected 41-hour travel time, the average speed is in excess of 55 mph, including stops. During the spring and summer, Volunteer Rangers with the Trails and Rails program from the National Park Service travel onboard and provide a narrative between La Junta and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Starting in May 2013, Volunteer Rangers with Trails and Rails will be onboard providing a narrative between Chicago and La Plata, Missouri. From June through August, the Southwest Chief is used by Boy Scouts traveling to and from Philmont Scout Ranch via the Raton station. During those months, Raton station handles checked baggage; this route was one of five studied for possible performance improvements by Amtrak in FY 2012. No BNSF freight service is offered between La Junta and Lamy, New Mexico, the railroad informed Amtrak that all maintenance costs are to be paid by the passenger carrier if it wished to continue to use the route. BNSF declared it will maintain trackage between Hutchinson, La Junta, at a Class III speed instead of Class IV.
BNSF offered to host the Southwest Chief over its Southern Transcon via Wichita and Wellington, Amarillo and Clovis, New Mexico, once used by the San Francisco Chief. Amtrak sought help from the states involved to retain existing service on the train's historic route; the states of Kansas and New Mexico have since contributed money toward rebuilding the tracks and keeping the Chief on its current routing. Much of the funding for the rehabilitation projects has come from federal transportation grants. In 2018, the Southwest Chief became the focal point of a struggle to determine whether to continue Amtrak as a national network or to operate regional stand-alone networks; the issue was provoked by Amtrak introducing new requirements for the third renewal grant and raising undiscussed technical issues regarding the midsection of the route. A letter dated May 31, 2018, co-signed by 11 Senators condemned the action and urged providing the match. Former Amtrak President and CEO Joseph H. Boardman in an open letter stated, "The Southwest Chief issue is the battleground whose outcome will determine the fate of American’s national interconnected rail passenger network."In June, Amtrak announced that it was consid
Kern Transit Kern Regional Transit, is the operator of mass transportation in Kern County, California. It provides inter-regional transportation, connecting outlying regions with the city of Bakersfield, it provides inter-city transportation within specific regions. Kern Transit is operated by the Kern County Department of Roads; the agency was founded in 1981. Its headquarters are located in Bakersfield. In January 2017, operation of Kern Transit was taken over by National Express Transit. Bakersfield is the central hub for the inter-regional routes. Buses stop at the Downtown Transit Center, or the Bakersfield Amtrak Station, located downtown, or both. Bus bays are used at the Amtrak Station. Buses instead park in front of it. Depending on the route, Kern Regional Transit makes additional stops in Bakersfield, but are used either to board or discharge passengers. Additional hubs are located in Frazier Park, Lake Isabella, Mojave. Passengers transfer from inter-regional routes to inter-city routes.
Many of these routes were requested and funded by local governments, instead of operating their own transit system. Some local governments have funded their own public transportation system, instead of relying on Kern Regional Transit; these include Arvin and Taft. In addition and Wasco provide their own Dial-a-ride service, which serves their communities; because of the variety of distances traveled, fares vary widely. As of 2011, a one-way trip can cost between $0.75 on the Mojave-Ridgecrest Route, to $5.00 on the East Kern Express. Operating days vary depending on the route. Most of the long distance inter-regional routes run 7 days a week. Shorter regional routes run 1, 2, or 3 days a week. However, some run 7 days a week; because of the wide variety of demand for service in various areas, Kern Regional Transit uses a variety of vehicles. The fleet consists of 40-foot, 30-foot, 21-foot buses which are used on scheduled routes depending on the number of riders. All buses are equipped with wheelchair ramps, offer bicycle racks.
A portion of the fleet runs on compressed natural gas. The paint scheme is white, on all sides. On the sides, a small "Kern Regional Transit" logo is directly in front of "Regional Transit", with the slogan "...your county connection" directly behind. Changeable signs, which list the destination city, left side of the bus; the maintenance facility is located on Victor Street, just south of Olive Drive in Northwest Bakersfield. It contains parking for the entire fleet, bus wash, cleaning facilities; the facility does not contain the headquarters for the agency. That is located in the Public Services Building on "M" Street. Kerntransit.org
The Texas Eagle is a 1,306-mile passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the central and western United States. Trains run daily between Chicago and San Antonio, Texas. Three days a week, the train operates as a section of the Sunset Limited; the westbound Texas Eagle joins with the westbound Sunset Limited in San Antonio and continues to Los Angeles, California. Prior to 1988, the train was known as the Eagle. During fiscal year 2017, the Texas Eagle carried 346,000 passengers, a 13% increase over FY2016. Amtrak's Texas Eagle is the direct successor of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Texas and Pacific Railway train of the same name, inaugurated in 1948 and discontinued in 1971; the route of Amtrak's Texas Eagle is longer, but much of today's route is a part of the original Texas Eagle route. St. Louis to Texarkana and Taylor, Texas, to San Antonio travels over former Missouri Pacific Railroad trackage, while the Texarkana to Fort Worth segment traverses the former Texas and Pacific Railway.
The T&P merged with MoPac in 1982. The Eagle began on October 2, 1981, as a restructuring of the Inter-American, which had operated a daily schedule from Chicago to Laredo, via San Antonio with a section to Houston, which diverged at Temple, Texas; the new Eagle dropped the Houston section, while its southern terminus was cut back from Laredo to San Antonio. The new train carried Superliner equipment. In addition, the new train ran on a thrice-weekly schedule with a through car on the Sunset Limited to Los Angeles, although the latter was not announced until the April 1982 timetable. On November 15, 1988, Amtrak revived a Houston section, this time diverging at Dallas and running over the tracks of the Southern Pacific, it was the first time passenger traffic had served that route since 1958. Amtrak had intended to operate the Lone Star over this route back in the 1970s, but dropped the plan in the face of obstruction from the Southern Pacific. With the change, Amtrak revived the name Texas Eagle for the thrice-weekly Chicago-San Antonio/Houston train, while the off-day Chicago–St.
Louis train remained the Eagle. This section would be discontinued on September 10, 1995. On April 4, 2013 Amtrak opened a new station in Hope, the hometown of former U. S. president Bill Clinton. Arcadia Valley was added on November 2016 serving Iron County, Missouri. In the August 2009 issue of Trains, Brian Rosenwald, Amtrak's chief of product management, noted that the Sunset Limited might be replaced by an extension of the Texas Eagle to Los Angeles: "We projected the revenue and looked at the logistics, with a little bit of rescheduling came to the conclusion that we can make this happen with the equipment we have, the additional revenue the train earns will more than cover the increased operating costs"; the move would restore a connection to the Coast Starlight in both directions, move boarding in Maricopa and Tucson, Arizona, to civilized times. "We are putting a stake in the ground: Triweekly needs to disappear," Rosenwald said. While the route of the Sunset Limited would not be replaced, the performance improvements listed explain what will happen: Conversion to daily Chicago–Los Angeles train Shortening of the schedule by 9 hours San Antonio–New Orleans stub service on a daily basis to connect with this train Use of the Diner-Lounge on the stub serviceThese changes would, in turn, create a through-car change similar to that of the Empire Builder.
Such service would originate from Los Angeles and split at San Antonio, vice versa from New Orleans. As of November 2013, train 21 departs Chicago 1:45 pm, running between Chicago and its first station stop in Joliet, parallel to the Illinois and Michigan Canal, along first the Canadian National's Freeport Subdivision and Joliet Subdivision, used by Metra's Heritage Corridor and Amtrak's Lincoln Service. From Joliet, the train travels along Union Pacific rails parallel to Interstate 55, making station stops in Pontiac, Bloomington–Normal, Springfield and Alton before crossing the Mississippi River to make its stop at St. Louis' Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center, scheduled for 7:21 pm. After St. Louis, the train skirts the Ozark Mountains, stopping in Poplar Bluff, before crossing the state line into Arkansas. In Arkansas, the train stops in Walnut Ridge, the state capital of Little Rock, the stations at Malvern, Arkadelphia and Texarkana, on the Arkansas–Texas border. Continuing into Texas, the train makes station stops in Marshall, Mineola and Fort Worth, which has connections to Oklahoma City via Amtrak's Heartland Flyer, from there the train travels on BNSF trackage.
The train continues on, making stops in Cleburne, McGregor, Taylor, the state capital of Austin, San Marcos, with a scheduled arrival into San Antonio at 9:55 pm and a connection to the Sunset Limited on Tuesdays and Sundays, to Los Angeles at 2:45 am. The northbound Texas Eagle leaves San Antonio at 7 am and arrives at Chicago at 1:45 pm the next day; the assigned consist on the Texas Eagle includes: 1 GE P42 Genesis locomotive Superliner Transition Sleeper Superliner Sleeper Superliner Diner-Lounge Superliner Sightseer Lounge Superliner Coach Superliner Coach Superliner Coach-baggage 321/322 Coach On a thrice-weekly basis, a coach and sleeping car operate from Chicago throu
The Sunset Limited is an Amtrak passenger train that for most of its history has run between New Orleans and Los Angeles, over the nation's second transcontinental route. However, up until Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it ran between Los Angeles, it is the oldest named train in the United States. This train is one of only two of Amtrak's 15 long-distance services which run only three days a week; the Sunset Limited carried the fewest passengers of any Amtrak train in fiscal year 2016, 98,079, a 2.6% decrease over FY2015. It had a total revenue of $10,769,179, giving it a 7.5% decrease over FY2015. For most of its existence, the Sunset Limited route was owned by the Southern Pacific Railroad; the name Sunset Limited traces its origins to the Galveston and San Antonio Railway, a Southern Pacific subsidiary, known as the Sunset Route as early as 1874. Most of the current route from New Orleans westward is now owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, which acquired Southern Pacific in 1996. However, most of the route within Louisiana itself was sold to BNSF Railway in 1995 in return for BNSF not objecting to the UP-SP merger.
On the portion of the route east of New Orleans, service was suspended after Hurricane Katrina. Those tracks, between New Orleans and Florida, include parts of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad—all now owned by CSX Transportation; the segment of the former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad between DeLand and Orlando is owned by Orlando's commuter service SunRail. The train uses the following route segments, identified here by the names of their original owners: Service on the Sunset Limited between New Orleans and Florida has been suspended since August 29, 2005 because the rail line in the path of Hurricane Katrina east of New Orleans was washed out; the operating railroad CSX restored the line itself between New Jacksonville. However, in 2006, Amtrak said it was deemed too expensive to rebuild to modern passenger rail standards. In 2016 Amtrak proposed to return the Sunset Limited service to Florida in the near future. Eastbound trains leave Los Angeles on Sunday and Friday.
Westbound trains leave New Orleans on Monday and Saturday. The journey takes two days to complete in each direction. At San Antonio, thru-cars from the Texas Eagle are combined with the Sunset Limited for the journey westward and split eastward; when combined with the Sunset Limited, the Texas Eagle is numbered as 421 westbound and 422 eastbound. A highlight of the trip is the crossing of the Huey P. Long Bridge just west of New Orleans; the bridge is one of the longest railroad bridges in the United States, at 4.5 miles. In its present form, the eastbound Sunset Limited leaves Los Angeles in the middle of the night, traveling overnight through Arizona before arriving at breakfast time in Tucson and mid-afternoon in El Paso. After traveling through west Texas overnight, it separates from the Texas Eagle in San Antonio. Resuming the second day of the trip, it arrives in Houston at lunchtime, Lafayette at rush hour, the middle of the night in New Orleans; the westbound train leaves New Orleans just after rush hour, arriving in Lafayette at lunchtime and just after the afternoon rush in Houston.
It joins the Texas Eagle just after midnight, travels overnight through west Texas before arriving in El Paso at lunchtime the following afternoon and dinner time in Tucson and Maricopa. After traveling overnight through Arizona and California, it arrives in Los Angeles before breakfast. Before the start of Amtrak on May 1, 1971, the Sunset Limited was operated by the Southern Pacific Railroad; the Sunset Limited is the oldest named train in the United States, operating since November 1894 along the Sunset Route. The Sunset Route is the southernmost of the three gateways to the West Coast envisioned through the Pacific Railroad Acts; the other two embarked from St. Louis. However, the Sunset Route had two major advantages over the other two routes, it was an all-weather, year-round route that didn’t face the crippling snows of the Wasatch or Sierra mountain ranges to reach the Pacific Coast. Additionally, the other two routes had to assault the front range of the Rockies. In addition, opened 20 years before the Panama Canal, the Sunset Route vastly shortened the time to reach the West Coast from the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, as New Orleans was an established seaport for Atlantic shipping lines’ passengers, seeking to reach the US interior.
The Sunset Limited allowed passengers to reach the West Coast in a few days, not weeks. The Sunset Limited was Southern Pacific's premier train; the Sunset Limited was an all-Pullman train, with sleeping cars and no coaches, running from New Orleans to San Francisco via Los Angeles. From its beginning in 1894, until streamlining in 1950, all the train's cars had 6-wheel trucks and dark olive green paint, with black roofs and trucks. In the summer of 1926, it was scheduled at 71 hr 40 min New Orleans to San Francisco. An 1895 consist included: A 4-4-0 American steam locomotiveComposite Baggage car with barber shop and buffet smoker lounge El Indio 7 Drawing Room Sleeper with ladies´ parlor lounge El Piloto 10 Section 2 Drawing Room Sleeper El Dorado Dining Car Gourmet 6 Section 1 Drawing Room 3 Compartment Sleeper Cliola 14 Section 1 Drawing Room Sleeper Los AngelesA 1929 consist included: A 4-6-2 P