Letter: New Caltrain schedule removes even stubborn stains
- Published Wednesday, August 24, 2005, in the San Jose Mercury News
Reader Martha Johnson (Letters, August 23, 2005, "Caltrain Service
Hasn't Improved" <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/26068) is
not correct. Stare at Caltrain's new weekday commute schedule a bit,
and its cleverness will jump out at you.
[While BATN has been know to experience shivers of excitement when
contemplating the Swiss national timetable, we are yet to experience
any such frisson in connection with any transportation operation of
any type in the Bay Area.]
Users of the San Antonio station near my home now see dramatically
faster travel times during peak commute. The "Limited" trains make
every stop in Santa Clara County, then absolutely fly past all but two
San Mateo County stations without stopping.
Caltrain has cut travel time to the City for my stop from an hour and
ten minutes to fifty minutes. My neighbors and I come within spitting
distance of Baby Bullet speed, on a non-Baby Bullet train from a
second-tier station. A thirty percent reduction in travel time
certainly feels like improved service to me. The tradeoff is fewer
trains make my stop during peak commute, but I'll take it, as it means
about forty five minutes more personal time per day.