Mountain View Voice

Opinion - August 20, 2010

Letter: Caltrain missing badly needed revenue from cyclists

Caltrain proposes cutting weekend service, four midday trains, four early morning/late evening trains, and Gilroy service starting January 2011.

Caltrain needs more money to survive, but Caltrain has been driving away paying customers since 2006, when routine bumping began due to insufficient bike capacity.

Caltrain's own passenger counts show that even rush-hour trains have empty seats. Cyclists can help save Caltrain, but only if Caltrain replaces empty seats with bike racks.

With enough bike capacity to meet demand, Caltrain could be collecting over $1 million more in ticket revenue this year, enough to pay for all the trains Caltrain plans to cut. Caltrain, please create more bike space.

Joe Powers

San Francisco

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