From: Richards, Gary
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2010 1:52 PM
To: John Murphy
Subject: RE: Mercury News: Caltrain story
We are working on this story. Can you tell me what impact it would have on you? Can you get back to me asap? Thanks
CALTRAIN LIKELY TO CUT HALF ITS SERVICE, STOP WEEKEND, MIDDAY AND NIGHT TRAINS
Caltrain officials on Thursday said the agency has gone broke and will almost assuredly need to wipe out half its trains. There will be no service on weekends, and on weekdays trains will stop running during the midday and after 8 p.m. Officials said at this rate they may go belly up and completely halt service before the agency can finish its rescue plan to electrify trains, which will be much cheaper, by 2015. It comes as San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties – which provide about 40 percent of Caltrain’s revenue – said they will cut about 70 percent of their contributions. The cuts could start as early as this fall and be complete by next spring. Rosenberg
San Jose Mercury News
Mr. Roadshow just won an award for his journalism, I'll give him credit, he pulled my email addresses out of the depths of his mailboxes, wherein lay an email to him where I mentioned I take Caltrain. And he did it to get a source for someone else's story. Long live journalism.
I was quoted in the story in the Merc.
John Murphy rides Caltrain from San Francisco to work in Santa Clara, balancing the commute with taking care of his young son. He said the midday cuts would be "horrible" and would force him and his wife to buy a second car, move closer to his office or switch jobs.
"All the jobs I can do are down here (in the Valley)," Murphy said. "My wife is in marketing — all her jobs are up (in San Francisco). Caltrain makes it work."
Among other things, this means no service for Giants or Sharks games. That should make things fun for the CHP. One of the biggest contingents on Caltrain is Stanford Grad Students, who must compete for housing in Palo Alto with the likes of Steve Jobs, so they often live up or down the Caltrain line - with the added convenience that all Stanford employees get a free Caltrain pass. But if your first class is at noon - sorry bud, last train to PA is at 9:30 AM. And if you are working late on some research, instead of that 10:30 PM train, you have to be out at 8 PM.
But who cares - what do Stanford Grads do - do they even provide any jobs? Sergey? Larry?