Caltrain Equity, Connectivity, Recovery, and Growth Policy Comments
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8/6/2020 11:03:14Example - Please include reduced fare products for students, elderly and lower income families
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8/7/2020 20:20:57Think about having integrated connector bus lines that are part of Caltrain system into underserved neighborhoods. Sort of how Amtrak has a connector to bring people to Emeryville. Right now the transfers add up.
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8/11/2020 8:35:50In order to help address systemic inequality, one policy point must be to accelerate electrification. Electrification will do several things to address systemic inequality: reduce pollution (disproportionately affects low-income communities of color), reduce GHG's and help slow global warming (the effects of which will be magnified upon sensitive communities), and create room in the budget to lower fares for select groups. On this third point, specifically, the increased capacity/efficiency at peak hours will allow the same staff to run more trains, reducing overhead costs and allowing for fares to be lowered. The lowering of fares should be targeted not to the typical rider, but to those who are victims of systemic inequality.
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8/12/2020 2:24:08I live in San Mateo and am very concerned about funding for your project.
Due to the problems associated with Covid-19 the economy has stalled and because of this I believe there needs to be a moratorium put into place for future projects.
I expect Cal-train to continue to operate as it has without upgrades until such a time as other important community needs are met first.
Covid has been an unfortunate disaster for everyone and ANY increases in taxes must go towards rebuilding the affected businesses and communities
before Cal-train.
Please understand that it is expected that Cal-train will carry the burden and enact cost saving measures for the foreseeable future.
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8/12/2020 5:45:08To encourage more use of Caltrain, service during off-peak periods must be spread apart at least every 30 minutes vs. hourly as it is on weekdays or every 90 minutes like on weekends. People are discouraged from using it with such an irregular schedule which results in increased car use. Reliability and predictability are strong motivators for use.
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8/12/2020 16:19:16Safety, cleanliness, and quiet riding experience are key if you want people to ride the Caltrain. If equity means keeping the criminal element off the trains, ridership will rise. But if equity means letting people urinate, scream, rob and threaten other riders in the name of justice, Caltrain will die. BART has major problems with all these issues. Also, I think you need to realize, many riders will never be coming back as they will be working from home. The urban areas are viewed disease-ridden, crime ridden and without adequate law enforcement staff to keep EVERYONE safe. You really need to get in touch with the pulse of the public. Things have change drastically in 2020. Many are moving to quieter, suburban and rural areas to live a higher quality of life.
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8/12/2020 17:25:02Equity starts at the top and it should be part of the discussions of governance with a goal to have a directly elected board by district. This would help getting a board that actually looks like the region not like the San Mateo County current reps (as an example).
In terms of affordability, lowest rates should be for the most in need ...not the Google employee who get the cheapest yearly pass and get reimbursed directly or via tax credits. In other words, get the cheapest plan and make sure it's made affordable to the folks most in need. Deep discounts on parking (both bikes and cars) should also be provided to folks most in need as driving might be the only way to get to the train.
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8/12/2020 19:11:14The last few times I rode CalTrain before the pandemic, it seemed clear that no passengers were being checked for fares. I always pay my fare through my Clipper Card but it seems clear that CalTrain has become an open free transit system. It appears that CalTrain is now dead set to become just like BART and become an unsafe homeless and criminal shelter train. I will vote against the new tax as I will never ride BART again, nor CalTrain if it follows suit as a Woke, unsafe homeless and criminal shelter that will attract more and more crime.
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8/12/2020 19:17:17An equity plan must include implementation of high platforms and a level boarding policy from San Francisco to Diridon Station. This will provide first-class service to parents with strollers, small children, those with heavy items and wheelchairs. It will also address Caltrain's high operational costs by reducing the need for a second conductor on every train, freeing valuable conductor time to support the dramatically increased frequency, lower dwell times, and equitable fares required by Caltrain's business plan and service vision.
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8/12/2020 22:09:42Improving connectivity to east-west public transportation options on the Peninsula would make Caltrain itself more useful and more accessible to those who don't live within walking distance of the rail lines.
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8/13/2020 16:55:18I think Caltrain needs to offer more discounts to students and low-income riders, the more people incentivized to ride transit the better, and in the future Caltrain needs to work on looking like its a train for everyone and not a train for tech workers to commute to and from San Francisco. I think for recovery and connectivity the best and frankly only longterm solution would be to have San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties annexed into the BART District and have Caltrain be fully run and operated by BART; the JPB would be abolished and Caltrain's jurisdiction will be in control of an expanded BARTD Board with added Directors from SMC and SCC; it is the most equitable way to solve the governance issue because all counties get elected directors. With BART money resources and governance and hopefully in the future, added dedicated funding from the State and Feds I think that an electrified Caltrain working within the BART system is the only way to make Caltrain better. The JPB is antiquated and it (clearly) doesn't work and Caltrain's dissolution into an expanded BART is the next logical step in making the Bay Area transit more seamless.
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8/13/2020 23:38:20Please do not let Caltrain degrade into Bart , which is a rolling homeless shelter where fare evaders rob paying riders of their iPhones and laptops , use drugs on the train etc . Enforce fare collection to maximize revenue , do not add new sales taxes . Ideally this is the time to replace both the Caltrain trains and tracks with high speed rail , since ridership is down. Is there any way to convince the high speed rail authority to build the San Jose to SF leg now , below ground under the Caltrain tracks , while ridership is down ? This will prepare the peninsula for the future and eliminate dangerous street level train crossings
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8/14/2020 15:47:15Equity for seniors - You appear to have replaced the previous diversity of users by reducing parking & having horrible public transit connections to stations. This bias toward younger workers has made it more difficult for seniors to use Caltrain. Even with fare reductions, which are most welcome, it is very hard for anyone other than those who live next to the stations to use Caltrain. Furthermore, my experience has shown that very few young passengers respect the senior seating areas.
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8/15/2020 17:51:50After the draconian measures taken to respond to COVID 19, resulting in people losing their jobs, suffering depression, etc. don't expect those same people to pony up more money to pay for CalTrain. Why would we be asked to increase investment in a form of transportation that doesn't allow "social distancing" if a train is fully occupied? COVID shows the risks associated with public transportation, not its benefits. Our taxes should not be increased. I would vote against any measure requesting additional funds for CalTrain.
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8/17/2020 10:46:44Provide more services to areas that are low income, have poor accessibility to areas with higher employment rates, poor accessibility to more nutritious grocery stores, poor accessibility to government resources, poor accessibility to public spaces (parks, open spaces, libraries, etc.).
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8/17/2020 19:23:21I like the idea of improving fare structures and connection infrastructure. The fare structure ought to be set up in a way that doesn't make single-use tickets the least "efficient" because many low-income families are not able to get the discounts of GO passes, clipper cards, etc. Similarly, in order to improve equity, there ought to be better connectivity to Samtrans, VTA, and Muni—in addition to better bike infrastructure. Buses(and Caltrain) are infrequent mid-day, so having a train system with frequent service along with strong bus connections would likely work well in improving equity. Coordination is one thing, but improving infrastructure and signage to support the connection between train, bus, and BART would go a long way. Caltrain really only serves one section of the peninsula, so buses are all the more important to improving equity peninsula-wide.
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8/18/2020 21:14:47I like many elements of the proposal, especially with regards to equity and service frequency. I think what is most important going forward is to integrate Caltrain into the larger Bay Area transit system such that anybody, no matter their social status, race, gender, etc., has access to mobility on demand. To do this, I think making Caltrain frequent (under 30 min max during operational hours ideally), making it easy to connect to for bikers coming from afar (making sure there is adequate bike lane infrastructure), and making Caltrain safe by eliminating busy at-grade crossings. I think a major point that should be included is the fostering of transit oriented development along the line in places such as South San Francisco or Millbrae. I think a large station like Millbrae could really help the community economically if it was focused on having people connect there either on a bike, on a personal mobility device, or by foot. At present, I think a parking garage will encourage people to drive and given the importance of tackling climate change, I personally would like to see Caltrain promote driving less and promote using transit, including other systems like Muni and VTA in conjunction with Caltrain, more.

Ultimately I think my feedback boils down to the idea that Caltrain shouldn't be considered a form of essential travel to anyone -- Caltrain should provide the most adequate resources possible to make Caltrain the preferred choice of transportation of all residents of all identities living near the line. Cars shouldn't be considered unless someone is driving to a Caltrain station to get on the train.
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8/19/2020 9:24:08Gilroy Unified School District has reviewed the Equity, Connectivity, Recover, and Growth Policy of CalTrain. As the largest employer in the City of Gilroy, GUSD is very supportive of the reconstruction and electrification of the rail corridor south of
Control Point Lick to the Gilroy Station.
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8/19/2020 16:38:35Please reach out proactively to local community-based organizations that serve low-income, disadvantaged, and POC communities to gather their inputs and give them a chance to speak for their communities.
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8/19/2020 16:43:271. Strongly agree with previous comment:"If equity means keeping the criminal element off the trains, ridership will rise; if equity means letting people urinate, scream, rob and threaten other riders in the name of justice, Caltrain will die. BART has major problems with all these issues." 2. Provide discounted rides to frequent riders as monthly, weekly, yearly passes. Provide further discounts for long term passes to clearly defined special groups (elderly, students, low income), but do not play with vague terms like “victims of systemic inequality”. 3. Get firm financial support before starting any new work, to avoid disasters like “train to nowhere”.
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8/19/2020 18:43:05I always wondered how people in wheelchairs could use caltrain, I know there's mobile ramps that caltrain employees can unlock and use at some stations, but it's a real process. Hate what you want about BART, but anybody on the platform in a wheelchair can just wheel right on board.
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8/19/2020 20:25:08Caltrain electrification is long overdue. Even countries like India have moved away from diesel locomotives and have electrified their national network. It is a shame that Caltrain isn't electrified.
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8/20/2020 13:08:34I've witnessed many times while on the train, differences in treating customers who do not have tickets available. If it is a white woman, typically the conductor is nice the to the individual and does not ticket them. However, for many PoC the rules become harsher and these individuals are almost certainly written up. I would like to see these things changed moving forward. More leinacy for ticket enforcement. I read a report that in Seattle the cost of enforcing tickets equaled the amount they received. So if it is about funding then enforcement does not work.
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8/20/2020 13:59:52Provide unlimited-ride monthly passes which are heavily subsidized for low-income qualified riders. $16.50 round-trip fare from EPA to SSF is a barrier for moderate income people, and insurmountable for low income riders, many of whom are front-line service workers who commute during off-peak hours. Only when the cost of this 50 mile round-trip commute on Caltrain ($16.50) is cheaper or at least competitive with 50 miles worth of gas ($7) can low income people consider using Caltrain. We need them riding because it's the right thing to do from an equity and fairness perspective -- it's also the key to reducing GHG emissions and gridlock on our highways.
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8/20/2020 14:01:39I will go back to riding Cal Train when the pandemic ends. I have had little troubles with the train. The bus service changes last year did impact me somewhat though. I highly value the bullet trains on the other hand.
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8/20/2020 18:15:10(in no particular order) Please increase bus connectivity and bus infrastructure and frequency, especially into neighborhoods. It is well understood in transportation planning that trains and lightrail are mostly geared towards getting commuters to shift their mode of transit. This inherently prioritizes those who are rich enough to already have other modes of transit (namely private cars & money for gas/insurance). Widespread, robust, frequent transit services (especially buses) improve the quality of life for those with lower mobility already - be it due to finances, ability, or age. Please increase train frequency, including during off peak use. Since socioeconomic status is closely tied to race due to historic and current systemic injustices, catering to 9-to-5 commuters inherently caters to the wealthy and the white more than Black, Brown, and poorer community members. Many people do not use CalTrain because waiting for the train will add an hour or more to their trip. Frequent transit induces demand for transit because it becomes a more viable option for more people. Please retain and maintain the ability to pay for fares in cash. Often, cash-accepting fare machines are few, far between or out of order. Please offer/continue reduced fare for low-income, elderly, young, and student populations. Consider postponing grade separation projects in favor of retaining and expanding existing train services and expanding connecting bus services. Please schedule meetings with community-based organizations nearby Caltrain that serve and are staffed by low-income and/or POC community members to solicit direct feedback on these issues. Emailing requests for feedback does not reach those most directly affected. Several of the comments here, which are supposed to be about how to advance equity, are thinly veiled racist stereotypes of transit ridership in SF and the East Bay.
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8/21/2020 5:34:09Please increase service to Gilroy. The service was just reduced, and it was extremely limited to begin with. With Amazon building a headquarters in Gilroy, there will be even more people living in Gilroy. Weekends would be especially high traffic times, as people go into the City for socializing.
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8/21/2020 5:36:35Please make the trains fast trains like they have in every other developed country such as China, Europ, and Japan.
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8/21/2020 12:55:08Improve east/west connectivity with buses or shuttles, lower fare prices for low income groups, sell Caltrain owned land to affordable housing developers - parking lots, train stations etc. can be used to house low income families, + fare reduction and more east/west pub trans connectivity = a step towards ridership equity. Equity on the peninsula must always prioritize affordable housing.
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