Caltrain - electric train woes
Original post made by Carol on Jan 5, 2007
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.
on Jan 5, 2007 at 10:59 am
Just because the engine is electric, the train is by no means silent. There isn't that much difference. And I'm sure they'll still be blaring their horns as the approach the crossings.
Sure, make the lines safer but this should be the case anyway regardless of whether the engines are electric.
on Jan 5, 2007 at 11:33 am
Carol, you are making a mountain out of a molehill. Still Noisy is right--the trains will still make noises and their horns will blare.
Anyway, there was talk in the past about raising/lowering the Meadow and Charleston crossings, but their was ,as usual, vocal opposition using the famous excuse used to stop any progress in Palo Alto--traffic concerns.
on Jan 5, 2007 at 11:53 am
Compared to train systems in the rest of the world Caltrains diesel locomotives are obsolete. Europe has been electric for decades. As an immigrant I expected Silicon Valley would have state-of-the-art trains not a third world system.