The Rail Committee voted 4-3, with two abstentions and one absence, at a Feb. 5 meeting to recommend that Caltrain restore weekday train service in town. Caltrain suspended weekday stops in the town in 2005 due to low ridership. The train now stops at the Atherton station only on the weekends.
The town is examining the issue as Caltrain reviews and plans its service schedules in preparation of rail service electrification from around San Francisco down to San Jose. Caltrain has indicated that rather than adding a stop in the overall train schedule, it might eliminate a stop in either Redwood City or Menlo Park to keep an Atherton stop, according to a staff report. Caltrain has the final say on the schedule.
At the Feb. 20, meeting, the council will review the committee's amendment to the town rail policy, provide direction and feedback on the station, and explore establishing a subcommittee to work with staff on rail policy, Atherton City Manager George Rodericks said in an email.
The meeting will be in the Town Council Chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.