Solutions to $30M shortfall to be discussed at Caltrain community meetings next week

Caltrain will hold four community meetings next week to discuss possible solutions (none of them pretty) to make up the agency’s $30 million projected shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

Topics of the hearings include:

– Reducing the number of weekday trains from 86 to 48, essentially leaving just peak time weekday service.

– Closing down seven stations, including Bayshore in San Francisco.

– Suspending all service south of San Jose Diridon Station, as well as weekend service.

– Increasing base fares by 25 cents, and raising the cost of parking fees.

The first of the four hearings will take place Monday in San Jose. On Wednesday, Caltrain will come to Municipal Transportation Agency’s headquarters on 1 South Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. That meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

There will be two meetings on Thursday—one in Gilroy and one in San Carlos.

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