The Daily Outrage: Aug. 12, 2008

Caltrain: Proposal would charge cyclists extra for bike space

WHO: Caltrain

WHAT: The transit agency said its staff will explore the idea of having bicyclists pay an extra fee to bring their bikes on board its trains during peak commute times.

WHY THEY’RE DOING IT: Bicyclists must fit the bikes on one car of each train, which has been causing some riders to complain about being “bumped” from the trains during heavy commute times. Caltrain is seeking a solution to that problem.

WHY IT’S A BAD IDEA: Caltrain ridership is at an all-time high of nearly 40,000 riders per weekday, and the agency will also discuss in October two fare-increase proposals. As more people flock to Caltrain to avoid high gas prices, one fee increase would be enough. An extra penalty for riding a bike is too much.

WHERE TO VENT: The Caltrain board of directors is scheduled to meet next on Sept. 4. Comments for the board can be e-mailed to board@caltrain.com, sent by fax to (650) 508-6281 or mailed to 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos, CA 94070-1306.

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