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Caltrain weighs fare increases

Agency holds public hearing

Although weekend Caltrain service recently escaped the budget ax, at a public hearing on Sept. 2 the rail agency proposed a mix of fare increases and other service cuts.

The rail agency said options under consideration include raising fares by 25 cents, and stopping early morning weekday service.

According to the rail agency, it's facing an almost $30 million budget deficit by 2012. "These will be the good old days," Executive Director Michael Scanlon said, compared to what the agency will face in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2011.

"We are talking about no special service, no weekend service, no late night service, no midday service and no service to Gilroy," he said. "We are only putting off for a matter of months the day of reckoning."

About 1,500 people submitted comments about cost-saving measures, with most in favor of increasing fares instead of service cuts, Caltrain said in a press release.

Details about the proposed changes can be found here .

● Riders voice concerns as Caltrain faces ongoing budget cuts.

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Posted by Martin
a resident of another community
on Sep 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

"We are talking about no special service, no weekend service, no late night service, no midday service and no service to Gilroy," he said. "We are only putting off for a matter of months the day of reckoning."

Please take the action NOW, and get started electrifying during down times.


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Posted by M.C.
a resident of another community
on Sep 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm

what about late night trains, past midnight?


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Posted by M.C.
a resident of another community
on Sep 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm

what about late night trains, past midnight? i'm sure hardly anybody are on those trains. what a waste. caltrain can't do anything right. no surprise though. one of the many incompetent public transit agencies of the bay area.


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