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Caltrain cobbles together financial survival plan

Original post made on Mar 28, 2011

If negotiations with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) go well, Caltrain might get an infusion of $4.9 million over two years to prop up its operating budget.

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Posted by John Doe
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm

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....

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Posted by Tom Purcell
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:50 am

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.

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Posted by LarryR
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 30, 2011 at 11:31 am

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!"

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Posted by David Bloom
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm

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.

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Posted by DCS
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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.