As of last Friday, Caltrain modernization is funded as part of the state legislature’s passage of high speed rail appropriations. This means that those of us on the Caltrain corridor will most likely see a better train schedule in the foreseeable future. Caltrain will be able to serve more stations with the same or better trip times, at lower cost, not to mention less pollution.
There will be a lot to do to make sure the plans for Caltrain modernization meet the needs of riders and local areas. Your feedback will be needed as Caltrain does the planning over the next year with community input.
There are two meetings tomorrow where you can learn about the latest in the Caltrain modernization project from Marian Lee, the director of the program.
San Mateo County Rail Corridor Partnership
July 18, 3pm
San Mateo Library, 55 W. 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, Oak Room.
Caltrain Citizens Advisory Committee – see agenda
July 18, 5:40 pm
1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos (near the Caltrain station)
Here are some of the areas where our feedback will be needed:
1) What is the best schedule? Do we want more frequent service, more express service, a mix of both?
2) How will more train service affect traffic? What areas will benefit the most from grade separations?
3) How to pay for Caltrain’s operating funding, before and after electrification? What can be done beforehand, when Caltrain is still running the more expensive diesel system? What is the right funding solution after electrification, when Caltrain will have higher revenue and lower costs?
4) How to fund grade separations and the Downtown Extension to Transbay? How will our region get funding for these important investments?
5) How will Caltrain and HSR work together? It will be important will to pay attention to Caltrain’s plans so that Caltrain and HSR work together when (or if) HSR gets here in the longer term.
6) How will Caltrain work with local communities to coordinate development accessible to transit, and with businesses to promote transit and relieve parking
Among friends of Caltrain, there have been differing opinions about High Speed Rail – in favor, skeptical, and opposed. Wherever you have been in this debate, the opportunity before us now is to be involved in Caltrain’s modernization plan to make sure that it meets our needs, and to make sure that Caltrain operations are funded so we have continued service without cuts.
Stay tuned for more opportunities to be involved in the important decisions that will shape Caltrain service and our area.