Caltrain fails to report Serious Incident for 22 days. Why? Around Town, posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Sep 15, 2012 at 10:47 am
August 24, 2012 8:25AM a northbound train was stopped at 590 Bubuque Ave S.S.F. letting passengers off and on. At the same time a 1,000,000 pound express train was going south at 76 miles per hour. A very close call. Two engineers have been placed on leave, one of them tested positive for marijuana use. Caltrain refuses to identify the engineers.
Again Why was this information kept from our media?
Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Sep 17, 2012 at 10:26 am
on the San Carlos Patch
9:27 am on Monday, September 17, 2012
It is incorrect to say that Caltrain was "silent for 22 days." Caltrain staff reported the incident at two public board meetings. Caltrain also has reached out to those passengers involved in the incident. Caltrain is treating this incident with the utmost seriousness. Safety protocols have been changed to ensure that this never happens again.
Christine Dunn, Caltrain Public Information Officer
Posted by whatever, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Sep 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm
When (if ever) did they report the incident to the appropriate state and federal rail authorities?
I remember an incident at the SF station 5+ years ago when the last car uncoupled from a train as it was leaving the station for the peninsula and one of he passengers fell through to the tracks. This was kept out of the media for a while. It seems as it's business as usual for CalTrain.
Posted by Michael G Stogner, a resident of another community, on Sep 19, 2012 at 10:47 am
Jayme Ackemann communications manager of Caltrain has confirmed that a student engineer was in fact at the throttle of the south bound train #324 at the time of the incident at SSF station on August 24, 2012
Posted by Edward, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm
Lets remember how fast Caltrain fell all over themselves to secure the funding for electrification. Claiming that it will 'save' Caltrain, and be safer. Caltrain is a bloated mismanaged bureaucracy; whether it's powered by diesel or electric trains will not make Caltrain a better run agency. Any savings in diesel vs electricity will undoubtedly be squandered on higher salaries and bonuses for management for 'saving' Caltrain. As for a safer Caltrain corridor; this unfortunate near miss might have been completely avoidable if Caltrain took grade separations seriously. If separating passenger platforms isn't happening, rest assured that road/rail grade separations will not happen. Yes, grade separations are very expensive; but safety first, then raise the train speed please! By law, so long as the trains do not exceed 125 miles per hour, no separation is required. That the electric trains, and in particular the high speed rail trains are slated to travel at speeds well over 100 mph, but slightly lower than the magic 125 mph, Caltrain has legally covered their ***. Realistically, that means trains traveling almost twice as fast as they do now with no additional safety measures for pedestrians or vehicle traffic at crossings is a recipe for disaster. The recent almost tragedy illustrates that human error is, and always be a potential safety issue on the tracks. The best solution is to physically separate the tracks from people and cars. In their grab for electrification dollars, safety was left the trash in the side of the tracks.
I did however find this, which was a little hard to follow.
Chair Tissier said some of the key partners were the Bay Area Council led by Jim Wunderman, the San Mateo County Economic Development Association led by Rosanne Foust who is represented today by Christine Madrigal, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group led by Carl Guardino and the Friends of Caltrain represented by Adina Levin. These organizations saw the value of a modernized Caltrain early on and have been committed to this system and its role in bringing HSR to the Bay Area.
Posted by Michael G Stogner, a resident of another community, on Oct 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm
This was in response to a complaint posted by a customer today.
Caltrain We are embarrassed by the quality of service we have been offering and apologize to you and our other customers. We are working diligently to prevent issues from occurring and also to recovery service is a better manner.
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This might be a good time to look at the Caltrain Team. First no reporting of a Near Miss.