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Caltrain board postpones action on service cuts

Rather than cut train schedule, directors seek money to fill budget gap

Caltrain's board of directors Thursday postponed voting on a set of proposed service cuts and fare hikes intended to save the agency from financial disaster.

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board voted unanimously at its meeting in San Carlos to put off the vote on the money-saving measures for two weeks.

Bay Area residents packed the board's meeting room and an overflow room to voice their opinions on the proposed changes, which include the suspension of service at the Capitol, Hayward Park and Bayshore stations.

Speakers at the meeting overwhelmingly opposed the service cuts.

To retain the current 86-train schedule Caltrain would need an additional $3.5 million in funding.

Other proposed changes include increasing Caltrain's base fare by 25 cents.

The next meeting will be held April 21.

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Posted by Alfred
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 8, 2011 at 8:08 am

Looks like someone read the SJ Mercury article about the board rubber stamping any decision put before them by Caltrain

After all the drama of the last few months about drastic cuts needed for survival, Caltrain is not going to do any cut which means it's going to be harder in 2012 to convince the voters that they need dedicated funding (i.e. another tax on top of the all the other public transportation taxes).

This dedicated funding thing seems to be all political positioning anyway. The light rail does not have "dedicated funding" it gets funding from VTA!
What's next, dedicated funding for the Baby Bullet Trains so that they don't get cut?


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