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Menlo Park compiles comments on Caltrain electrification impact report

Original post made on Apr 25, 2014

About 20 people attended a meeting in Menlo Park last night to chime in on the draft environmental impact report for Caltrain's electrification project, voicing comments both in favor of and against the project.

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Posted by Adina
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

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Low ridership on current trains? Caltrain trains have been standing room only at rush hour in both directions for a couple of years. Ridership has doubled over the last decade, and has been increasing about 10% a year for the last several years. Caltrain is buying some used trains from Metrolink just to fit the current passengers even before electrification. With economic growth, traffic congestion, transit oriented development on the corridor, and a broad shift among younger people to drive less, the ridership growth is expected to continue and the added capacity from electrification is needed.

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Posted by relentlesscactus
a resident of another community
on Apr 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Menlo Park should also inquire about using liquified natural gas locomotives as an alternative. That is realistic and being explored by other entities. Far less polluting, plentiful, cheaper (now at least).

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 28, 2014 at 7:32 pm

It takes energy to produce LNG. Energy produced by....wait for it.....burning natural gas.