Caltrain staff to recommend keeping Gilroy & weekend service
- Published Friday, August 27, 2010, by Caltrain
Gilroy and Weekend Service Likely to Stay
At next Thursday's public hearing staff of the financially-strained commuter rail agency will recommend that the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board of Directions authorize continued service to Gilroy on weekdays and current service levels on weekends along the main line between San Jose and San Francisco -- at least until next July.
Suspension of these two services has been under consideration to address a $2.3 million deficit in Caltrain's budget for the current fiscal year which runs through June 30, 2011.
"Based on estimates of the potential cost savings and input from our customers, we would like to preserve these two important services at least until the beginning of the next fiscal year," noted Caltrain Executive Director Michael Scanlon.
Next year, it's likely that everything will be on the table, including truly Draconian cuts, Scanlon added.
The Board will hold the public hearing at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 2. The following proposals are still under consideration:
* Reduce weekday early morning, midday and/or late evening service
* Increase the Full Fare one-way base or zone fares by 25 cents with corresponding changes to related fares
* Increase Go Pass from $140 to $155
* Revise codified tariff to reflect ClipperSM card implementation: discontinue Monthly Pass grace period; discontinue the use of 8-ride ticket by more than one passenger per ticket; redefine youth to 17 years and younger; a charge for purchase of card
Details of the proposed schedule changes and fare increases can be found here <http://caltrain.com/riderinfo/Proposed_Service_and_Fare_Changes.html>.
The public hearing will be held at the Caltrain Administrative Office, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos. Comments will be accepted until 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 2 and can be sent through e-mail to <changes@...>, by regular mail to JPB Secretary, Caltrain, P.O. Box 3006, San Carlos, CA 94070-1306, or by calling 1.800.660.4287 (TDD for hearing impaired only 650.508.6448).
Caltrain is a commuter rail line operating between San Francisco and San Jose, with commute service to Gilroy. Average weekday ridership on the mix of 90 local, limited and express weekday trains is 38,000. Local, hourly service is provided on Saturdays and Sundays.
Caltrain is owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, a partnership of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the San Mateo County Transit District and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
Media Contact: Christine Dunn, 650.508.6238