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Caltrain mulls major fare increases

Original post made on Sep 5, 2008

Only a few Peninsula residents attended recent meetings to discuss a large fare increase for Caltrain riders -- an indicator, transit officials say, that locals are resigned to the fact that fares must go up to cover rising fuel costs.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 4, 2008, 1:21 PM

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Posted by Elisabeth
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm

I disagree with Ms. Dunn's statement that the prospect of Caltrain raising fares is not capturing people's attention because they are generally understanding of the need to raise fares due to high energy prices. Caltrain is not doing anything to promote the meetings at which fare increases are discussed. I ride the train to and from work five days a week, and have never seen anything mentioning a forum where fares will be discussed. Additionally, when you go to the Caltrain website, there is no mention of a possible fare hike. If more people knew this was an issue, they would speak up, but Caltrain is not alerting enough people that this is a possibility. They sould do a better job in communicating the potential for a fare hike and receive actual responses, rather than assume that people are accepting of it. Silence is not consent.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Sep 5, 2008 at 9:01 pm

What is really needed is better innovation in the pricing policy. We have no familty tickets, no off peak tickets, no tickets that enable users to use Muni, or BART or VTA.

If Caltrain were to really listen to passengers, then they would start thinking of how to give their passengers a better deal for their money rather than just increasing fares across the board.


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Posted by Curious Observer
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 6, 2008 at 8:31 am

Curious Observer is a registered user.

Onboard the trains, you'll find bright pink notices announcing the meetings to discuss fare increases. They are in the plastic trays right above the timetables. I saw them the other day.


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Posted by Ned
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 6, 2008 at 1:26 pm

I agree with Resident. If you want to just putt around between Mt. View and Menlo Parks or Sunnyvale and visit the downtowns during off peak hours within one zone, its still cheaper to drive, particularly if there are two or more people. The trains are almost always near empty bewteen or before and after peak hours. Why not give some incentives to ride, rather than constantly raising fares?


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Posted by Michael
a resident of Castro City
on Sep 8, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Why is there no electric train from San Francisco to San Jose? We would have less pollution, noise, faster trains and lower prices.


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