Caltrain mulls major fare increases Other Issues, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Sep 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm
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.
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Posted by Elisabeth, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, 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.
Posted by Ned, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, 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?