• If the diesel fuel cost is so high, shouldn’t Caltrain be running shorter trains during off-peak hours to save fuel?

    by  • April 13, 2013 • 

    Caltrain created 5-car train-sets to accommodate peak hour demands. Many trains do operate near capacity during peak hours. Caltrain recently has also expanded on-board bike capacity which puts more demand for rail cars. Because Caltrain cars do not have motors, changing train length is a laborious and time consuming operation compared to rail systems...

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    Why is the Caltrain connection to SFO via BART so cumbersome?

    by  • March 24, 2013 • 

    The major cause for the cumbersome transfer situation is the current BART alignment with 1) a stub-end station adjacent to International Terminal, 2) a wye outside the airport by the freeway, and 3) a Caltrain/BART transfer station at Millbrae. Although the wye permits direct train service between Millbrae and SFO, it complicates rail operation...

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    Why is Caltrain electrification so important?

    by  • March 21, 2013 • 

    If we don’t want to sit in gridlock on the Peninsula in the coming years, and we don’t want to build new freeways, then we must increase the capacity of Caltrain to carry more passengers. Caltrain is in a situation now where increases in diesel fuel prices and other costs related to labor, such...

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