News - August 18, 2010

Caltrain holds public meetings on fare hikes, service cuts

Proposed fare increases and service suspensions will be topics for a Caltrain community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at Caltrain headquarters in San Carlos. Meetings to receive public comments will also take place in San Francisco, San Jose, and Gilroy.

Among the proposals to be considered are: suspending all weekend service, reducing some non-commute weekday service, discontinuing staffed ticket offices, and increasing the full fare one-way base or zone fares by 25 cents.

Caltrain's budget problems can be attributed to several factors, according to Caltrain spokesman Christine Dunn. The railroad has lost $10 million in state funds each year for the last three years and, because of the recession, fewer people are commuting to work. Last year, eight mid-day trains were eliminated and parking fees were increased to close a $2.6 million budget gap.

The San Carlos meeting will be held in the auditorium at Caltrain headquarters, 1250 San Carlos Ave.

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