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News - April 8, 2011

Baby Bullet trains on Caltrain chopping block

Faced with potential loss of service, Caltrain board urges staff to come up with more funding

by Sue Dremann and Jocelyn Dong

Caltrain's Baby Bullet trains, which have been credited with boosting Caltrain's ridership since 2005, could stop running July 1 in order to close a projected $30 million deficit in the agency's fiscal year 2012 budget, Caltrain staff proposed this week.

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Posted by Sethro, a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2011 at 8:41 pm

$3.5 Million dollars is all they need? That's less than three days pay for Larry Ellison. How many of his employees take Caltrain and the company shuttle?

Where is the private sector's money?

Posted by DZ, a resident of Terman Middle School
on Apr 8, 2011 at 10:02 am

How come you don't put this article on your news page, editor? Love your baby "bully" train so more that you just don't want to let people know the real face of this monster?

Man hit and killed by Caltrain
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, April 8, 2011

(04-08) 06:12 PDT SAN MATEO --
A man was struck and killed by a Caltrain early this morning in San Mateo, officials said.
The man was hit by a southbound train at 1 a.m. about 100 yards north of 25th Avenue, said Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn. It was the last train for the late Thursday evening commute, she said.
The circumstances of the man's death, the fifth fatality this year on Caltrain property, are under investigation. His name was not immediately released.
E-mail Henry K. Lee at

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2011 at 10:51 am

Ever get the impression that the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing?

Posted by Tyler Hanley, digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Apr 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.


We did not post that story on our news page because the collision occurred in San Mateo, which is further north than the area we normally cover. Our sister paper, the Almanac (which covers San Mateo County), did post a story about it this morning.

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Posted by Happy Rider, a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Everything I've read about the baby bullet trains making fewer stops and taking less time to reach SF has said that they are very popular. I've ridden on these baby bullets, it's standing room only!!! Why ever would they choose to end their most popular service? Dumb, dumb, dumb!!!

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