Baby Bullet trains on Caltrain chopping block Restaurants, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Apr 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Caltrain's Baby Bullet trains, which have been credited with boosting Caltrain's ridership since 2005, would be eliminated in the latest budget proposal, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn confirmed Wednesday.
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Posted by Martin, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm
Caltrain has their head screwed on backwards, and if Yoriko Kishimoto has recommended this option, then so does she. The one shinning star Caltrain has, is the express service into San Francisco.
Instead taking this backward motion, trying to serve every single rider and station, they should focus on quick and efficient travel time for commuters. If riders need to congregate at fewer stations, then so be it. That provides a quicker and more effective service for everyone getting to, and coming back from work.
Caltrain, stick with what works, make bold decisions, and stop trying to compromise. Compromise will lead you to ruin.
Posted by TimH, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 7, 2011 at 11:16 am
It's so much bigger than complaining about train noise. Caltrain is just another government agency that appears to operate like a true corporation, but is populated by government employees who would not survive in actual "for profit" environments. There is no sane company that would cut its best products or services to meet a new budget plan. As others have indicated, restructuring the workforce (yes, layoff) to create a leaner and more productive operation is needed at Caltrain and so many other government agencies. Working for state and federal agencies should not be considered a lifetime job. These companies, like the USPS, need to change to compete. The rail business has been propped up by taxpayers since taxes were first created in the USA. Unfortunately the Caltrain and its predecessors display a crushing ineptitude and (worse) sense of entitlement that may ultimately lose a valuable transit resource that Peninsula residents need and use. I'm tired of being held hostage by government "managers" that have no management skills or vision.
Posted by svatoid, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Apr 7, 2011 at 11:45 am
"Former Palo Alto mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, who spearheads the grassroots group Friends of Caltrain, Wednesday morning expressed regret that the Baby Bullet service would be eliminated under the new proposal. The slower "limited express," which stops at 12 or 13 stations, would become commuters' fastest option."
Martin is correct. So what is Yoriko and her group doing to maintain the popular Baby Bullet service. Typical yoriko, though, plenty of talk and no action
Posted by a frustrated neighbor, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm
Eliminating the Baby Bullet trains, "which have been credited with boosting Caltrain's ridership" is a shortsighted move in the wrong direction. In public transportation we are closer to being a third world country along this highly populated, industrialized and most sophisticated urban stretch between San Jose and San Francisco. This would again encourage passengers to get back into their cars in hope of reducing their travel times - the oil companies will certainly appreciate this move.