Caltrain has received hundreds of messages from members of the public about potential ways to address its budget deficit, including fare hikes and service cuts, a Caltrain spokeswoman said Wednesday (Aug. 18).
More than 300 messages have been sent to the agency about its fiscal problems, which could mean a 25-cent fare increase, fewer trains on weekdays and a complete suspension of weekend service, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.
Many messages have favored eliminating midday trains, Dunn said. Cutting midday service would save Caltrain about $175,000 annually, she said.
Caltrain needs to make cuts to close a $2.3 million budget gap, Dunn said. Train riders will be able to voice their opinions on the proposals in meetings at four locations on Thursday. Meetings will start at 6 p.m. at the San Francisco Caltrain station, Caltrain headquarters in San Carlos and the San Jose Diridon station. At the Gilroy Caltrain station, meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m., 7:07 p.m. and 7:47 p.m., all immediately after southbound train arrivals.