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Caltrain may suspend all weekend service

Fare hikes, cuts in weekday service also on table

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 rail service 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 at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos

Go to Caltrain.com for more information.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Before we embark on reducing service, I would like to see what the compensation for Caltrain employees is. If they are, as I anticipate, grossly overpaid, can we simply reduce their compensation and keep service the same?


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Posted by John Murphy
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Instead of cancelling weekend service - Caltrain should look into altering the service the same way they successfully did on Weekdays by going to express trains. While - sadly - some stops will lose service, overall ridership will go up and save weekend service with quicker trip times for the longer trips that trains excel at. Given many weekend riders drive to their original stop, and bus routes run parallel to the Caltrain tracks, this is the right move.

I am collecting signatures in support of Weekend Express Caltrain service - online petition at Web Link


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

And remember that HSR is going to be a big revenue producer - where will they get the riders if CalTrain cannot?


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Posted by KJ
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I am all for eliminating weekend service. Peace and quiet at last!

Q: Does anyone know what the new high speed train will be powered by?

Q: If the new high speed train does in fact, become a reality, will they have to built underpasses at each road crossing, thus eliminating all the "bells and horns" for ALL trains (both Caltrain & high speed?)


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

So let me get this straight, CalTrain ridership is down but we want to spend $50 billion on a new train?

Welcome to California.


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Posted by SMART ONE
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm

POGO
One of them goes real fast.The other doesn't have employed people to ride them.
duh.


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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm

KJ, the high speed rail will be fueled by burning taxpayer wealth.


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Posted by Dharma
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Only CalTrain and the Postal Service react to losing customers by reducing service. Now, what about their overhead costs do they have in common??


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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 17, 2010 at 7:45 am

This is why we need to vote for Meg Whitman as Governor. Jerry Brown is in favor of HSR. He does not care about how much it costs because his serfs (California taxpayers) will pay for it. Meg Whitman cares about the taxpayers and wants to restore fiscal responsibility to California. She opposes HSR because the projected revenues were grossly exagerated, the projected costs were unrealistically underestimated, and California with its huge deficits and plunging bond ratings simply can not afford to take on any additional debt at this time.

Now ask yourselves this question: How many jobs did Jerry Brown create that were not funded by the taxpayer. The answer is none.

Now ask yourselves this question: How may jobs did Meg Whitman create that were not funded by the taxpayer. The answer is over 15,000.

Now don't be lemmings by jumping off the financial cliff. Save our State and vote for Meg.


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Posted by JustAsking
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 17, 2010 at 9:53 am

Why doesn't Meg Whitman use some of her vast wealth to subsidize the trains and keep them running instead of barraging us with her negative and false ads. Think of the good that her money could do if put to a less-selfish use.
I'm not a fan of Jerry Brown, but will probably have to vote for him as a reaction to Queen Meg!


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Posted by EBAY user
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2010 at 11:18 am

I challenge anyone to try and get a phone number to speak to a "live"
voice on EBAY.
If you have ever had a question to ask of them, they require about 10 pages of email. This is how Meg Whitman saves on costs for employees. When and if she ever succeeds in buying the election,the old broad will likely function in the same way. She will not answer questions directly, nor will she be very available for debates.She is good at buying time on tv. Do you think she would say okay to a debate with Jerry Brown? 10 to 1 that she will not do it. She makes Sarah Palin look like pussy cat.


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Posted by editor
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Aug 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Please try to get back on the topic of Caltrain and its plans to cut service and hike fees.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Caltrain could cut more trains from the weekly mid-day schedule.

They could market the monthly pass better. a 2 zone monthly pass also gives you all buses in San Mateo County. This fact is not well known.

The weekend schedule could include at least an AM and PM Baby Bullet with a reduction of trains.

And of course pay packages should be looked at.


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Posted by Train rider
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Eliminating weekend service is not only bad business for Caltrain riders, it will be bad business for the many communities Caltrain serves. And imagine all those drunken Giants fans who will now be on the road instead of on the weekend train.

As for cost of employees, I sure want to know that the conductors and train engineers are well trained and alert, not trying to hold down other jobs, etc. If safety costs more, then I'm for paying for safety.


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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Train Rider, if any of the employees are not "well trained and alert", they should be fired. There is no reason to pay more than an appropriate wage.


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Posted by John Murphy
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

@KJ

I am all for eliminating weekend service. Peace and quiet at last!

I lived on Alma, it was loud. I decided I didn't want to live next to a train. Now, why should you be forced to move? Question - which came first, you - or the train...


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