Attention Caltrain bike riders: Caltrain has been running five car consists for some time now, and all Bombardier (“new style” aka “Bomb”) sets have had two bike cars for a while until last night! One Bomb set last night had only four cars with a single bike car, so beware! I saw reports last night of numerous bumps out of Palo Alto on Northbound train 369 last night, so keep your options open.
If you ride Caltrain, you’re likely aware of the agency’s budget emergency. Caltrain is funded through a three county Joint Powers Board, and San Mateo County’s transportation district — SamTrans — has already indicated they plan to cut $10 million for their contribution to Caltrain for Fiscal 2012.
The projected $30 million deficit for Fiscal 2012 would occur if all three counties that constitute the Caltrain Joint Powers Board match San Mateo County’s forecast $10 million cut, but VTA says Caltrain is important to Santa Clara County and hints that they intend to keep fully funding their share of Caltrain operations. When San Mateo County cut funding for the current fiscal year, San Francisco and Santa Clara VTA both kept their Caltrain funding at the previous year’s level.
Caltrain, which is managed by SamTrans staff, proposes closing eleven stations in Santa Clara County and eight stations in San Mateo County to help balance next year’s budget. Both stations in San Francisco County would remain open. Bayshore, which is on the “proposed cut” list, serves SF but is technically in SM County, FWIW.