Caltrain reports record ridership
Original post made on Jul 20, 2007
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on Jul 20, 2007 at 8:24 am
Don't get me started! It becomes ever harder to take seriously anything that Caltrain says. Year by year they carry more riders. They take in more money. But that pesky "structural deficit" just won't go away. Go figure!
But wait . . . . wait until 2014! Then all their problems will be solved. . . . . seven years from now.
Now, about those lighter electric trains that will fix everything and "double its current number of weekday trains."
1. The Federal Railroad Administration does not permit those lighter electric trains on the same tracks as freight.
2. Today, Caltrain runs almost 100 trains per day. Crossing gates go down and up 100 times. With electric, they say that the number of weekday trains will double, right? 200 trains each day. Crossing gates will go down twice as many times. . . will they ever go up during the commute hours? And, commute time reduction with electric? About 10 minutes. WOW.
The article doesn't say so but -- the solution to all their problems -- electrification, is presently budgeted by Caltrain at around $600 million. You just know that it will be double that or more. Where will those funds come from? Beats me!
on Jul 21, 2007 at 1:51 pm
Any ideas about how CalTrain ridership in Menlo Park or Atherton have changed? Service stinks locally; we should find out.
on Jul 23, 2007 at 10:15 am
The ridership numbers from Atherton on weekdays? That's easy. It's 0 because Caltrain doesn't stop at the Atherton station.
A handful of people were taking the shuttle from the Atherton station to Redwood City, but that just ended. It's hard to know how many Athertonians were just driving themselves directly to Menlo Park or Redwood City to catch the train.