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News - September 1, 2010

Caltrain says it's likely to keep weekend service

Caltrain is likely to keep two of its services instead of cutting them as previously discussed to help close a $2.3 million budget gap, a Caltrain spokesman said Friday.

Services to Gilroy and weekend services are likely to remain, at least until next July, Caltrain Executive Director Michael Scanlon said.

"Based on estimates of the potential cost savings and input from our customers, we would like to preserve these two important services," he

said.

Cutting service to Gilroy would save Caltrain $385,000 annually, spokeswoman Christine Dunn said. Cutting weekend service would save $209,000 annually, she added.

Caltrain officials are still considering other service cuts, including a reduction of weekday early morning, midday, and late evening service.

Other proposals include a redefinition of youth to ages 17 years and younger. Currently, high school students who are 18 years old still qualify for youth-related discounts.

A formal public hearing at the Caltrain headquarters in San Carlos is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 2.

Bay City News

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