Friday 8:30am – Caltrain board considers regional governance options

On Friday morning starting at 8:30am, the Caltrain board is opening a momentous discussion about regional options for Caltrain governance.   Topics like combining with BART and/or other regional rail and transit; coordinating with a regional transit network management agency, and regional management of megaproject delivery are on the table.  

The Caltrain board needs to decide how (or whether) to participate in ongoing regional discussions in order to provide better service for riders and a better system for the region. These regional processes – include a regional fare integration study with recommendations coming out this summer; a study of options for network management to coordinate transit; and a regional rail study.  

Meanwhile, this year, the Caltrain board is trying to hash out governance questions within the 3 Caltrain counties, with a goal to make decisions by the end of the year.  Negotiations are heating up.  While county leaders debate over money and power, riders will need to keep urging leaders to keep a focus on maintaining and improving service.

There are two more board workshops on governance scheduled this year, that will likely focus more on the issues among the 3 counties.
Friday, August 20, 2021, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Friday, October, 22, 2021, 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Your help and attention will be needed for the Caltrain board to focus on the goals and next steps to bring about a world where Caltrain service is better coordinated with other local and regional transit, and big capital programs are designed to deliver an integrated system, in a cost-effective and timely manner.   These goals, and the changes needed to bring them about, are broadlypopular.

If you want the Caltrain board to participate constructively in regional discussions about a better-coordinated transit system, read on and send your thoughts to board@caltrain.com, and if you can, make public comment at Friday’s meeting. 

The agenda for Friday morning’s board meeting is here:

The Zoom link to watch the meeting starting at 9:30am is here

To get an alert about when public comment starts, send an email to friends@friendsofcaltrain.com. Let us know if you want the alert by email or text message.