Saving Caltrain, the Bay Area Connection

On November 9, Friends of Caltrain is hosting an educational event where you can learn more about the situation and what you can do to help. Carolyn Clevenger of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will present preliminary findings from the MTC Transit Sustainability project. Yoriko Kishimoto, former Mayor of Palo Alto, will discuss funding opportunities for Caltrain, and opportunities to get involved.

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Caltrain Electrification and Changes in Mountain View

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From Green Caltrain: Caltrain electrification is moving ahead and is expected to be implemented by 2019. What does this mean for upcoming decisions, environmental sustainability, quality of life, housing and jobs in Mountain View? Speakers and Panelists from Mountain View sustainability and neighborhood leaders, employers and developers, and Friends of Caltrain will help you understand […]

Friends of Caltrain Panel Discussion: Caltrain and HSR

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From Friends of Caltrain: Caltrain would provide faster, more on-time, more convenient, and more accessible service, and the “blended system” with Caltrain and High Speed Rail would deliver more capacity, if Caltrain and High Speed Rail could solve platform height issues. Right now, riders need to climb stairs to get aboard Caltrain.  Caltrain has to […]

Longer Trains May Be No Match for Growing Caltrain Crowds

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Caltrain’s rush hour trains have never been more crowded, which isn’t just uncomfortable for riders — it also discourages potential commuters who instead drive along Peninsula highways, and makes rides more difficult for elderly passengers and riders with disabilities. Commuters could see some relief in 2015, when Caltrain plans to extend the length of some of […]

It’s a Go for Caltrain Electrification

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This morning, during its regular meeting in San Carlos, the nine-member Caltrain board voted unanimously to dedicate $1.25 billion towards electrifying Caltrain. If all goes according to plan, electric services will begin in 2020. “The total program is $2 billion. That includes money for the advanced signal system, which we’re already installing today,” said Jayme Ackemann, spokeswoman […]
Overhead electrification in Connecticut. Caltrain electrification will survive the Trump Administration after all. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Some Good News for Caltrain

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After a whole lot of grim news about the Caltrain electrification project it looks as if, finally, there’s a glimmer of hope. A $100 million glimmer at that! Funding for electrification is included in the budget compromise in the federal budget deal announced last week. A release from Friends of Caltrain, celebrates the development: $100 Million for […]

Caltrain to Present Plan to Increase Bicycle Capacity

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Caltrain claims it "values bicycle commuters." In its goals and objectives the agency says "Caltrain must be a competitive alternative to traveling by automobile." That goal will be tested tomorrow when the agency presents its final plan to increase bicycle capacity on Caltrain to the Board of Directors. Advocates are frustrated it isn’t being made […]