You can play a key role in shaping new and improved Caltrain service over the next year.
With the recent funding for electrification, Caltrain will be able to run electric trains that accelerate faster, and can reach more stops in the same amount of time, at lower cost, in addition to running more cleanly and quietly.
There are many decisions to be made. What kind of schedule... read the whole note.
On Thursday, March 15, the Caltrain Bicycle Advisory Committee will meet at 1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos.
The agenda (PDF, 120 KB) includes the latest on bicyclists being bumped from trains, and a staff report regarding possible subsidy to "Warm Planet" bike facility at 4th and King in San Francisco. The staff person is new: Gina Simi, the interim Community Relations manager (... read the whole note.
Friends of Caltrain has put out a request for action in order to secure funding for Caltrain through 2012:
1) The last stop for Caltrain funding for 2012 is the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). The Planning and Allocations committee is meeting on Wednesday, June 8 at 10am - they are going to be reviewing the last $5 million to complete Caltrain's operating budget for... read the whole note.
This just in from Santa Clara County Supervisor and Caltrain Board Member Ken Yeager:
I have good news for Caltrain riders who bring bikes aboard as part of their commute. At today’s Caltrain Board meeting, I voted to allocate $300,000 to convert 10 passenger cars into bike cars. This will guarantee that each train set will include two bike cars. This not only... read the whole note.
Imagine the west side of San Francisco Bay; San Franscico, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties without Caltrain linking each of the 29 cities along the way. Imagine the school children who can't get to school. Imagine the business deals that don't get signed, the job applicant who can't make the interview, or the Giants fan who can't see her world champion team.Take Action Now!
Imagine... read the whole note.
As people may have read about already--Caltrain is facing a major funding shortfall that will affect schedules and service as early as this July.
It's very unusual that a major commuter rail does not have a dedicated funding source. Caltrain has been jointly funded since the early nineties (the last time it had a funding emergency) by VTA, SamTrans, and Muni--the transit organizations... read the whole note.
In a recent meeting of the Caltrain Bicycle Advisory Committee, Caltrain staff gave a presentation highlighting the history of bicycles on board Caltrain. Here is a timeline from 1977 showing the history of bicycles and Caltrain. The complete Power Point presentation, in pdf format "Caltrain and Bikes" is on the Caltrain website.
1977: Southern Pacific files for abandonment of its San... read the whole note.
These are exciting times for residents of San Jose, but especially for the people who work, visit, and play in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. As we all know, transportation improvements are coming to the Diridon Station area in the form of BART, High Speed Rail, the electrification of Caltrain, and expanded services for Amtrak, the ACE train, and the Capital Corridor. These... read the whole note.
Caltrain has formed a new Bicycle Advisory Committee which held its first meeting this week. The first items on the agenda which were administrative in nature, included electing the chair and vice-chair, informing the committee and staff the new email address (bac at caltrain (dot) com), and randomly selecting the term of each member (either one or two year term).
Caltran staff... read the whole note.
The City of San Carlos announced last week that they are embarking on a project to increase bicycling and walking on the east side of the San Carlos Caltrain Station. A big portion of the funding came from MTC, a regional transportation funding agency.
(left: looking east from San Carlos Caltrain Station to E. San Carlos Ave. City of San Carlos)
The project will improve... read the whole note.