Caltrain holds meetings on cuts

Facing a projected deficit of over $10 million, Caltrain will hold public meetings Wednesday of next week to give Peninsula residents a chance to weigh in on plans to balance the agency's budget.

Those plans could include increasing fees, suspending weekend service and service to Gilroy, and reducing midday service.

To discuss those ideas, a meeting for South Bay residents will be held May 27 at 6 p.m. in the VTA Administrative Offices Auditorium, 3331 North First Street, San Jose. For mid-Peninsula residents, a meeting will be held concurrently at Caltrain's headquarters, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos.

Comments on Caltrain's plans will be accepted until June 4, when the agency's board is scheduled to review the various proposals. The comments may be sent by e-mail to; by mail to District Secretary, Caltrain, PO Box 3006, San Carlos, 94070; or by phone to (800) 660-4287.

For more information, visit [ the Caltrain Web site.


Posted by Dennis, a resident of another community
on May 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Now thats just great. For those who live in the South County and actually use CalTrain to commute north, I guess going green and reducing that nasty CO2 isn't so important anymore.

Uh oh, look out, maybe the whole control Global Warming thing is going to be too expensive.

Posted by phm, a resident of The Crossings
on May 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Good point, Dennis. The costs of allowing global warming to continue: storms, drought, wildfires, famine and disease in parts of the world, and the resulting threats to peace. And let's admit it, if transit costs too much and runs too infrequently, most of us don't use it - yes, that includes me.

Posted by k, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 21, 2009 at 10:55 am

If you, like me, do not agree with their planned cuts, please make sure to email or show up to the meetings so that your voice is heard! If we all forget or figure that someone else will speak up and no one does, nothing good will come of it.

Posted by Curious Observer, a resident of Jackson Park
on May 25, 2009 at 9:19 am

Curious Observer is a registered user.

It seems to me Caltrains is moving in the wrong direction. They should be trying to increase ridership, not shooing away passengers. Also, how is one who doesn't have a car suppose to get to and from the meeting locations from the train station at that time of night? Has anyone seen VTA's announcement that they expect an increase in revenues later this fall?

Posted by Meeting locations, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 26, 2009 at 11:21 am

Regarding Curious Observer's post above about the accessibility of meeting locations without a car, both locations are directly on rail lines. VTA's administrative offices are right at the VTA River Oaks light rail station, and the Mountain View-Winchester line runs every 15 minutes to that location until 7PM, and every 30 minutes until midnight; the light rail line connects directly to the Caltrain line.

Caltrain's headquarters in San Carlos are just a few blocks from the Sab Carlos Caltrain station, whch is served by trains every 30-60 minutes until about 8PM and every hour until midnight. There is also frequent bus service along El Camino just 2 blocks from there.

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