Conheim Station set for plaque unveiling

Passenger rail advocate, Auburn resident to be remembered
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A Capitol Corridor rider who became a passionate passenger-rail service advocate, Auburn's Lord Mayor of the train commute to Sacramento will be honored today (Friday) when the Nevada Street station is officially named after him. Robert Conheim, who died last year, first started taking the train in 2001 after many years of driving between Auburn and his workplace in Sacramento. A statement from the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority said that positive experience onboard the train ignited a passion for rail travel and he quickly became an ardent spokesperson for public transportation, particularly rail service. Conheim once calculated that his vehicle usage dropped to less than 3,000 miles a year when he became a committed CC Rider. As a result of his vocal support for rail service, Conheim was elected to the board of the National Association of Railroad Passengers and he took his passion for rail nationwide. Dubbed Lord Mayor by his fellow CC Riders, Conheim was well known not only to legislators but also to Capitol Corridor passengers and rail staff. Conheim died in July 2007 and the Auburn City Council voted a month later to rename what had been initially called the Auburn Multimodal Station the Robert F. Conheim Auburn Train Station. Placer County CC Riders raised the money for a train station plaque by organizing a series of fundraising events. “ Gus Thomson Robert Conheim plaque unveiling Where: Train station, 277 Nevada St., Auburn When: 6:30 p.m. today, or upon arrival of Train 536