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Letter: Caltrain modernization
June 17, 2013, 05:00 AM


Regarding the article, “Caltrain board to adopt $120 million budget,” in the June 6 edition of the Daily Journal, is this article about the same Caltrain that wants to modernize to the tune of $1.5 billion of local-regional, federal and California taxpayers’ funding? Is this the same Caltrain that has boasted increased ridership at unprecedented growth will help pay for the project and cause Caltrain to be financially sound? Is this the same Caltrain that is telling us electrification of the corridor is the greatest thing since apple pie? Is this the same Caltrain or is this another Caltrain? If this is the Caltrain that wants to modernize, someone must rethink the whole project and determine just exactly how much of a money pit Caltrain is and the modernization project will be for already strapped California taxpayers.

If Caltrain can’t be operated in the black now without one-time funds, what will happen later? Is a miracle in the making, i.e. all of a sudden Caltrain becomes financially solid? Looking at this now, someone must do some responsible decision making about Caltrain and its further operation and electrification. Of course, Caltrain can always turn to California’s cash cow? Tax payers? When are the residents of California going to learn? 

Irv Chase




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