Caltrain electrification EIR underplays environmental benefits

While the premise of Environmental Impact Reports is to disclose the negative environmental impacts of projects that might harm the environment, the most notable information in the EIR for Caltrain electrification is how it might benefit the environment.

Caltrain electrification is expected to increase ridership. By doing so, it will decrease vehicle miles travelled […]


Governing Caltrain in the age of electrification

Image from SPUR.

Last week Tuesday at SPUR HQ in San Francisco, at an event co-sponsored by Friends of Caltrain, a set of international and regional experts discussed different scenarios for the governance of Caltrain in the age of electrification.

Electrifying Caltrain promises to create even stronger financial performance, with higher ridership […]


Menlo Park denied grade-separation planning funds

Menlo Park Station by lazytom, on Flickr

In the midst of preparations for high-speed rail, towns and cities along the Peninsula are lining up to grade-separate their bit of Caltrain track. San Mateo, Burlingame, and South San Francisco are all moving forward with plans, and all are getting county help. But in Menlo Park, […]


Caltrain’s platforms should match high-speed rail

by LA Wad, on Flickr

Caltrain is reinventing itself, transforming from a commuter rail line into a hybrid Metro/high-speed rail. Integral to this transformation is the otherwise mundane concern of platform height. Matching it to the standard of California High-Speed Rail (CAHSR) is the only option that makes sense.


There are two basic […]


Caltrain service driven by data, not gut

Census distribution of jobs and population along Caltrain

The current operation of Caltrain is, to put it mildly, inefficient. With 35 separate station stopping patterns in the broad categories of Local, Express, and Baby Bullet, it is a confusing mess to the uninitiated.

There are a number of reasons for the mess, but Clem […]


Caltrain needs higher fares to expand service and reduce overcrowding

by Andrei Z, on Flickr

Caltrain is packed, and its ridership growth shows no sign of abating. Meanwhile, the Caltrain system is struggling to make ends meet, often threatening service cuts.

This is madness. A service so popular that it cannot bear all the passengers also cannot pay its own bills.

The solution is […]