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Caltrain - electric train woes
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on Jan 5, 2007
I heard today that Caltrain is proposing to add electric engines to replace the deisel ones used at present. For this reason, it seems imperative to me that something must be done to add safety to our tracks. It seems ridiculous to think of electric (almost silent) trains whizzing down a track that is so obviously easily accessible. To begin with we need barriers that close off the track completely when a train is approaching rather than the half way situation we have at present. Ideally, we need to raise the track or lower it so that we can have a system of tunnels and bridges instead. We need to put high impenetrable fences both sides of the track for the whole length of the track to prevent any type of non authorised access.
Speeding trains are efficient and desirable. A good public transit system is essential to this area. However, safety is paramount and what we have at present is far from that.
I want to know how Palo Alto and surrounding cities are going to deal with this problem. The time to deal with it is now, when Caltrain has just announced its intention, not when the work of upgrading is starting. This must be a hand in glove approach, one side must know exactly what the other is doing, and then the public must understand that speed and efficiency can mean safety also.