Today’s Headlines

  • BART Board to Consider Later Trains on Friday Nights (SF Gate)
  • More on Effort to Reverse BART’s OAC Support from KCBS Radio
  • Long-Term Caltrain “Funding Puzzle Still Plagues Commuter Line” (Merc)
  • State Senate Passes Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban for Bicyclists (LA Times)
  • SF Supervisors Put Off Vote on AT&T Sidewalk Utility Boxes (SF Gate)
  • Jerry Lee Confirmed for Another 4-Year Term on the SFMTA Board (City Insider)
  • Randy Shaw Looks Back at the 20-Year History of 6th Street (Beyond Chron)
  • Legislation to Get Rid of Air Resources Board Fails in Assembly (Sac Bee)
  • Los Angeles Remains Most Polluted Region in the Country (LA Times)
  • Bay Area Also Got Poor Marks from the American Lung Association (SF Gate)
  • Los Angeles is Missing Out on Up to $15 Million in Parking Revenue (LAT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    Ok, so can we put the BART down the peninsula nonsense to rest?? And with it, the lie that BART is somehow such a better run system?

    “So why the funding gap? The culprit is actually San Mateo County’s SamTrans, which for the past two decades has joined San Francisco’s Muni and the VTA in funding about 40 percent of Caltrain. SamTrans, hammered by its $13 million annual debt payment for the underperforming BART-to-SFO extension, decided to permanently slash most of its $15 million Caltrain subsidy. That triggered Muni and VTA to gash their contributions to match, and, voila: Caltrain loses about one-third of its funding overnight.”

    BART is killing Caltrain, plain and simple. Now BART is looking to slowly bleed the VTA as well with their crap extension to SJ. Only good BART news is hopefully the OAC is finally going to be put to rest.

  • mikesonn

    “Caltrain’s competitors are also its funding agencies,” noted Sheldon Haynie, a semiconductor process engineer who rides the train from San Martin to Sunnyvale.

    I don’t agree with this statement. Maybe, maybe SamTrans sees Caltrain as a competitor to their El Camino service, but if that’s the case then SamTrans is just flat out wrong. Why run parallel service anyway?

    Also, Caltrain feeds commuters to Muni and VTA (and somewhat SamTrans) and vice versa. Those Caltrain commuters would be driving instead and they wouldn’t park at the Caltrain station and then hop on Muni or VTA, they would continue to drive. So in reality, Muni and VTA would be losing many more “customers” (if that is what they are competing for) if Caltrain service were to disappear or even be cut.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    “Why run parallel service anyway”. Because the train is too expensive to ride, the transit dependent take the $2 bus. Seriously, some people take it for miles on super slow El Camino to save a couple of dollars. The answer to this, as far as I am concerned – cut the buses and lower the train fares with the savings.

  • mikesonn

    I totally agree. And having a dedicated funding source would also mean that Caltrain wouldn’t have to balance the budget via fares like they have been the last 4 years so fares could be more affordable.

    But really, this comes down to BART taking $13 million from Caltrain via SamTrans . Caltrain isn’t killing SamTrans service, BART is.

  • mikesonn

    WTF is right. I’m on that stretch of Woodside almost daily and many of my long rides either start or end via Woodside.

    Sad world we live in. 5 sec delay = beating the crap out of someone.

  • mikesonn

    I think you said it right, murph. If they would have just hit him with their car, they wouldn’t even have gotten a slap on the wrist.

  • I think this is all part of the larger problem in regards to the lack of overall regional transit planning. Instead of looking at how to create a better interconnected transit system overall, identifying problem areas and prioritizing those, all these agencies are fighting with each other for funds. Why even have an MTA?