Event: Caltrain Summit

Update: Friends of Caltrain is pleased to announce that Congresswoman Jackie Speier will join Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune as the keynote speakers for the Save Our Caltrain Summit on Saturday, January 29.

The future of Caltrain is in your hands. Thanks to you the riders, Caltrain is running the Baby Bullet on the weekends, but without further funding, there may be no weekend trains at all. We can work together to find solutions to ensure the future viability of Caltrain.

Caltrain generates among Bay Area public transit’s highest fare revenue per dollar of operating cost. Caltrain operations are 2x more self-sustaining than MUNI, 3x more self-sustaining than SamTrans, and 4x more self-sustaining than VTA. Despite this exemplary financial performance, Caltrain faces a severe fiscal crisis! Unlike every other transit agency, Caltrain has no dedicated source of funding to cover the remainder of its operating costs. What it managed to scrounge together in past years is no longer available, blowing a $30 million hole in a $100 million budget.

As residents, commuters and taxpayers, we must speak up and support solutions leading to Caltrain’s survival and long term viability and modernization. We will need operating funding help, with or without high-speed rail.

You are invited to participate in a Summit to Save Caltrain

Location: SamTrans Auditorium,
1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos (near Caltrain)
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011 Time: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Tentative event schedule – Please check here for updates

(All speakers to be confirmed unless noted)

8:30 – 9:15 Registration & Coffee
9:15 – 9:45 Keynote:  Congresswoman Jackie Speier; Michael Brune (Sierra Club)
9:45 – 10:45 Panel 1:  The Caltrain Story

Speakers: Chuck Harvey or Michelle Bouchard; Sean Elsbernd; Silicon Valley Employer & Go Pass Member; Peninsula Mayor

Moderator: Sue Lempert

10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Panel 2: Seeking Sustainable Funding model for Caltrain  (and priming pump for your ideas)

Speakers: Rebecca Long, MTC; Jim Bigelow (pre-tax dollars); Carli Paine, Transform (regional rail, faith groups, unions); Jessica Zenk, SVLG, Clem Tillier (service design), Shirley Johnson (bikes/last mile)

Moderator:  Jay Thorwaldson

12:30 – 2:00 Empowering Grassroots  in Breakout Rooms
2:00 – 2:30 Wrap-up and Next Steps: “Building the Momentum”