SF Streetsblog attended the Caltrain Joint Powers Board this morning in San Carlos. In the meeting, the board discussed declaring a fiscal emergency and scheduling public meetings for service cutbacks. Among the proposals brought up by Caltrain staff to save money or increase revenue:
- Fare hikes.
- Eliminate weekend service (!)
- $1 surcharge for bicycles.
A major problem with the proposed $1 surcharge is California state law currently does not allow a surcharge on bicycles. When Caltrain looked at a bike surcharge in years past, they decided the fee collection would cost more than the surcharge.
If Caltrain charges $1 per bike per trip, that’s an extra $40 per month for me. It’s likely I would just stop riding the train for nine or ten months out of the year and bike the whole distance, so they lose the $112.75 per month they currently get from me. Penny wise and pound foolish.