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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
By Yokota Fritz


As gas prices officially reached the $4 mark in San Francisco, Caltrain reported record weekday ridership of 36,993 for February 2008, a 9.3% increase over 2007.

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I'm not as scientific as Caltrain, but I'm seeing substantially more cyclists on the Caltrain bike cars, many of them with shiny new bikes. If you're on the platform with your bike and don't have a clue what's going on, please feel free to ask the other people around what to do. The BayRail Alliance also updated their Caltrain Bike Tips page today. I provided some of the input for that tips page, including the mild suggestion to "the idiot" the train nearly hit yesterday morning.

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...never having ridden the train w/ my bike, i hadn't thought of all the concerns involved but reading the regs was interesting...& who better to help them draw up the tips & information page...

...does this kinda procedure usually run fairly smooth, fritz...
 
Yeah, it's usually fairly smooth and the rules aren't that difficult, but it can be a little intimidating for the newbies I'm sure.
 
You're lucky to have all-bike cars on trains. Metra (Chicago) hates cyclists and one conductor shoved me off the steps when I started to bring my **folding** bike on the train. Why they don't gut the seats from a single car and allow all-bike cars all the time is beyond me. Don't they want to increase ridership?? They suck!
 
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