Caltrain behind by 30 minutes after breakdown


A broken-down train is causing Caltrain delays of up to 30 minutes this morning, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

Dunn said northbound train No. 225 broke down at the Hillsdale station in San Mateo, forcing trains to single-track through that area. Passengers on the disabled train were able to board another northbound train, Dunn said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by new Caltrain equipment
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

Is it true that Caltrain is forced to postpone all upgrades to their trains until after all the HSR lawsuits are settled?

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Posted by Frank
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 2, 2010 at 10:44 am

No, that is not true. Caltrain owns the right of way and can upgrade it as it wants. On the other hand Caltrain is out of money as the state of California, San Francisco and San Mateo have reduced their funding (Santa Clara was debating this - I do not know if they've actually reduced funding).

Now HSR was supposed to improve the tracks for both Caltrain and HSR. Certainly removing the street crossings and electrifying the system would be huge improvements. But none of that has started.

This was a train breaking which happens all too often. It has nothing to do with the tracks and it just shows that you get what you pay for.

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Posted by new Caltrain equipment
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 2, 2010 at 11:30 am

Electrification will bring new and improved trains, or at least locomotives, right? Is Caltrain delaying the electrification project until HSR plans are settled?

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