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Don't derail Caltrain's new service

Original post made by Renee Batti, associate editor of The Almanac, on Apr 12, 2007

The following letter by Richard Silver was published in the Almanac's April 11 print edition:

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Posted by Angela Hey
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Apr 17, 2007 at 11:35 pm

When Dr Beeching (Web Link) threatened to axe many British railways in the 1960s and tear down stations a group of local councils decided to subsidize the line (from Leeds to Ilkley in Yorkshire UK).

So maybe if Atherton and Burlingame town councils wanted to pay Caltrain it might be able to negotiate to have the station open. Then the residents of those cities could vote for a tax to subsidize their stations.

Fast forward to 2007 - the Leeds-Ilkley line is very busy with commuters and the line has been electrified. Had it not been saved by a few savvy local councils almost 50 years ago the traffic in the area would be way worse. Unfortunately a short link between Ilkley and Skipton was torn up - impeding today's train service.