Service Reduction, Increased Fares, Station Closures.
It’s no news that Caltrain has been operating deep in the red for years. But the commuter train service now faces some difficult decisions in the face of a drop in revenue that it gets from its supporting agencies. According to this article in the Daily Journal, reductions in funding from SamTrans and the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority will push Caltrain’s annual deficit to nearly $30M.
Caltrain is considering some pretty drastic steps to curb the hemorrhaging of money, including increasing fares, reducing the number of trains it runs during the week, and even closing some of its lower-utilized stations. These options will significantly impact those citizens who rely on the service to get to work or school every day.
Public Input Sought…Today.
The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board will listen to public feedback on these proposals today at 10:00 AM at the SamTrans building at 1250 San Carlos Avenue, 2nd Floor. If you rely on Caltrain to get you where you need to be every day, here’s a great opportunity to have your voice heard.
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