Caltrain Finds Funds Needed To Avoid Service Cuts

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Caltrain officials appear to have found the $3.5 million in funding they need to avoid service cuts altogether and maintain the commuter rail system’s current 86-train schedule.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

According to published reports, the additional money would come from deferring maintenance and borrowing from a capital fund and the fiscal year that begins in 2012.

The plan is expected to be presented to the agency’s board on Thursday.

Caltrain officials have said without the additional funding they would have to cut 10 trains, slow down Baby Bullets and close three stations. Nine more stations would lose weekend service.

Caltrain director Adrienne Tissier said the agency will likely still have to increase one-way fares by 25 cents and parking fees by $1 per day.

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One Comment

  1. genomega says:

    “the additional money would come from deferring maintenance”?

  2. reggie says:

    deferring maintenance is a recipe for disaster. salaries and or benefits need to be brought in line with economic realities, starting with the highest paid.

  3. bill costley says:

    As a Santa Clara resident, I’m relieved. Santa Clara would have lost all Caltrain access.

  4. Fernando says:

    Deferring maintenance? Ride at your own risk is the message Im getting.

  5. Kodiax says:

    i agree with the other commenters. defering maintance wont save money once the inevitable wreck happens and the lawsuits pile up

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