Fred Strong serves on the Board of Directors of this Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor
Fred was elected in March of 2013 as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the LOSSAN Passenger Rail Corridor which serves city-to-city passengers on the Pacific Surfliner between San Luis Obispo and San Diego. The board re-elected him in January 2014. It is the second busiest intercity rail corridor in the United States behind the multi-state Northeast Coridor from Boston to Washington D.C. It is the largest state supported passenger rail corridor in the United States.
Strong took this corridor from a status of being a recommending body to CalTrans to its status of becoming an independent Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between all of the major transportation agencies and regional transportation planning authorities in the six southern coastal counties of California. This was the step necessary to the current status of managing and operating, through a contract with AmTrak, all intercity passenger rail between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.
In January 2015, Strong's vice-chairman was elected to the position of chairman and Strong took a seat on the Executive Board of the corridor. On June 29, 2015, the process of transferring complete authority over the corridor was completed with the signing of a new operating agreement and contract between LOSSAN and the State of California.
Strong was the first chairman of that board to be elected from outside of the San Diego, Orange or Los Angeles county areas.
The board meets once a month within the region and, in August 2013, chose the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to become its new managing agency effective January 2014. The bulk of this transition took place in the period from September through December, 2013. The transfer was completed in January 2014.
Strong, as Chairman of the Board, interacted with the staff negotiating team dealing with CalTrans to take the LOSSAN Coridor Board from advisory status to CalTrans to a fully functioning management and operating passenger rail agency by July 1, 2015.
When a conflict arose over the copyrighted name and logo of the passenger trains that operate within the LOSSAN corridor, Strong directly contacted the CEO of AmTrak America and, with his assistance, negotiated a solution to this problem in 12 days.
Strong spends time in Washington D.C. annually, or more often if necessary, interacting with appropriate agencies, the Administration and Congress to advance the well being and future performance of the transportation system within California and throughout the nation.
Strong's leadership in 2013 and 2014 on the California Chair and Vice-Chair Leadership Forum developed a unanimously agreed upon passenegr and freight rail policy and principles paper that formed a Select Rail Committee in the California Senate under the chairmanship of Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara for 2014 and, a year later, in the Assembly as well. Strong continues to work toward the creation of an on-going California Rail Caucus in the Legislature.
Strong was a guest speaker at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Train Riders Association of California (TRAC) in Hanford in late 2013. He also spoke and participated on a panel at the annual Rail PAC and NARP (National Association of Rail Passengers) conference in Los Angeles in February 2014. He has also been a featured speaker at other transportation events in 2014 and 2015.