Caltrain officials Mark Simon, Special Assistant to the CEO, and Chuck Harvey, Director of Operations, have been meeting with representatives from SVBC and SFBC and are working on a plan to improve the onboard bike capacity situation, which they will present to the Caltrain JPB on February 5. Although the SVBC Caltrain workgroup has worked hard to present the community’s ideas and desires in our discussions with Mr. Simon and Mr. Harvey, Mr. Simon also wants to hear from all cyclist users of Caltrain directly about their ideas and opinions for an improved onboard service to best serve the Peninsula and South Bay.
<p>If you need a little help getting started, the workgroup has provided a <a href="http://bikesiliconvalley.org/content/553">list of priority ideas</a> and some suggested thoughts that you can use to jump-start your response. Mr. Simon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone (650) 508-6340, or by leaving a comment in the threads <a href="http://bikesiliconvalley.org/content/539">Bikes on Caltrain</a> and <a href="http://bikesiliconvalley.org/content/540">Bikes on Caltrain II</a>.</p>
<li>Bikes greatly expand the range from which Caltrain can attract customers. Based on surveys, most people are willing to travel 10 minutes to get to transit, which for a bike includes most of the Peninsula between 280 and the Bay, where most of the population lives.</li>
<li>Bikes let us go directly to where we need to be instead of taking a roundabout route using transit, improving the usefulness of the train as part of the commute.</li>
<li>Taking bikes on the train allows us to exercise, commute, and relax before and after work.</li>
<li>Cyclist customers have a very high loyalty to Caltrain, especially if they use their bikes as their primary mode of transit. We are regular riders who want to see Caltrain succeed.</li>
<li>Previous investments in bike infrastructure have brought about a quick return on investment.</li>
<li>Caltrain contributes to decreases in greenhouse emissions for every passenger, and cyclist-passengers are even greener than those who shorten their drive by driving to a station because they are greenhouse-free on both ends. Improving the program can help Caltrain be a leader in sustainability.</li>