Caltrain Joint Powers Board (JPB) will hold a public hearing on proposed service increases.
Proposed service changes include
- Restoring trains 236, 237, 256 and 257 to the Caltrain weekday schedule.
- Adding two new trains to the evening commute.
- Adding more stops to Sunnyvale and Palo Alto. NB 211, 221, 231 would stop at Sunnvale in the mornings; SB 312, 322, & 332 would add a Palo Alto stop on their SB morning runs. In the evening, SB 365, 373, & 383 stop in Sunnyvale under the proposed schedule, with NB 312, 322 & 332 adding Palo Alto.
Caltrain is required to operate with a balanced budget. They cut train service last year to address budget shortfalls, but record ridership this year has resulted in overcrowded trains in spite of higher ticket prices. The annual ridership survey in February counted 43,000 daily train riders, up from 37,000 riders a year ago. Farebox revenue this year is up 24% over last year. A one-time grant and this increased revenue will allow Caltrain to add service beginning this fall.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 30, at 6 p.m. at the Caltrain administrative offices, 1250 San Carlos Ave., 2nd floor auditorium, in San Carlos. The JPB will also accept comments on the proposed schedule change Comments by June 8 via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (1.800.660.4287) or mail (P.O. Box 3006, San Carlos, CA 94070-1306.
Monterey Salinas Transit hearings too
Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) recently completed a service analysis of Salinas, California and will hold a series public hearings on proposed service changes which MST says will improve on-time performance, convenience, and overall service quality. MST has not yet published information on the changes, but these routes will be affected:
20 Salinas – Monterey via Marina
21 Salinas – Monterey via Hwy 68
23 Salinas – King City (only the portion of route in city of Salinas)
25 Marina – Salinas via CSUMB
41 East Alisal – Northridge
42 East Alisal – Westridge
43 South Salinas – Salinas via SVMH
44 Salinas – Westridge
45 Northridge – Salinas via East Market
46 Natividad – Salinas
48 Natividad – Hartnell via Airport Business Center
49 Salinas – Santa Rita via Northridge
Three public hearings will be held to discuss these changes:
Salinas – Wednesday June 6, 6:00 PM
Northridge Mall Community Room, 796 Northridge Mall, Salinas, CA 93906
At the west exterior of the mall between Forever 21& JC Penney’s
Salinas – Thursday, June 7, 6:00 PM
Hebron Heights Community Center, 683 Fremont Street, Salinas, CA 93905
Monterey – Monday, June 11, 10:00 AM
Monterey-Salinas Transit, One Ryan Ranch Rd., Monterey, CA 93940
MST has been adversely affected by higher fuel prices and fewer operating fund grants. They were forced to hike fares last weekend and borrowed $1 million this month to keep the buses running.