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on Mar 28, 2011
I hope they have the guts to cut some of the empty train routes... and not just try to save a bunch of jobs for the sake of saving jobs....
Yeah John Doe, screw commuters who want to have a little flexibility to travel outside of peak hours when required. Please welcome their cars onto 101 when they're slowing you down.
Gee, Mr. John Doe, is that really your name? Or do you prefer the anonymity of being a "John Doe?" Perhaps because you KNOW how wrong you are.
I'm retired now and take CalTrain (and Light Rail/local buses) whenever I can. Turns out it is generally easier, cheaper and more relaxing than driving in traffic (yesterday I had to drive to Stanford from a meeting in northeast MV; and my blood pressure rose due to the horrible traffic on 101).
And the few times I don't take it, it's because the mid-day schedule is just once an hour; and I have a time constraint. So as usage increases -- which it WILL when gas prices approach $5/gallon -- which they WILL, hopefully the deficit can be reduced; and eventually the service increased.
And maybe, the price will go up even more, if and when the unrest in the Middle East gets to Saudi Arabia AND hopefully, Iran.
But then you'll say "why don't they have better service!"
The midday trains are empty because they are too big.
The trains are too big because they are still diesel locomotive-hauled, which makes it too difficult to adjust their length to match demand.
They are still diesel locomotive-hauled because a bunch of John Doe-type people are opposing Caltrain electrification.
Why not replace Caltrain with HSR? IT would be very feasible if we could get HSR to slow down between San Jose and SF with more stops.
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