VTA board to vote tonight on Caltrain funding

Caltrain faces $30 million deficit on $100 million budget

The Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) board will vote tonight (March 3) on whether to recommend financial support for Caltrain.

Under consideration are options to transfer $5.5 million in funds from the Dumbarton Rail project and up to $20 million from the electrification project on an interim basis to Caltrain.

The board will also vote on a proposal to reimburse $7.2 million to San Mateo County's SamTrans for its 1991 right-of-way purchase of Caltrain's tracks -- contingent on the funds being earmarked for Caltrain.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors' Chambers, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding St., San Jose.

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which governs Caltrain, will vote on whether to declare a fiscal emergency for Caltrain on April 7 at 10 a.m. at SamTrans Headquarters, Bacciocco Auditorium, Second Floor, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Time for VTA, Caltrain and all the other different transit authorities in the Bay Area to unite and become one authority, with one administration center, one vision and one purpose. This includes ferries, BART, as well as all the bus and rail services.

The purpose is to serve the public with efficient public transportation, not to consider themselves as businesses or to compete with each other.

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Posted by Vote-NO!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm

A little more advanced notice on the part of the Weekly would have been appreciated. It's unlikely that anyone wanting to contact a VTA Rep. will be able to do so at this late date.

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Posted by Betty
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I hope they vote NO
My young children can't sleep at night because of Caltrain extensive horn blowing until 1 am in the morning.
They need to consider the quality of life of the residents, not just the interest of the riders.
Although, from what I read the folks who run Caltrain only have their own interest in mind!

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