Caltrain has suffered from financial problems for years, but it looks like things are worse than ever. Facing a $30 million deficit at the current level of service, the Caltrain Board of Directors is set to vote on a declaration of fiscal emergency. Before taking action, however, the Board will give riders the opportunity to speak at four community meetings and a public hearing (more details). The proposed cuts include axing all non-weekday commute hour service—meaning the end of mid-day, weekend and post-Giants game service—and cutting service to "up to" 7 stations, including Bayshore, Burlingame, and Santa Clara. They would also need to eliminate some trains from the commute hours and possibly increase the base fare by 25 cents.
It's always a buzzkill when you're out on the town, spending your hard-earned money on a good time with your friends, only to have to cut it short in order to make the last BART train at midnight. That might change in the very near future, because BART officials are weighing the pros and cons of extending a few operating hours on weekends so people don't get stuck on the opposite side of the bay.
Tonight, one week after the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously against an appeal to the citywide bike plan's environmental impact report, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition executive director Leah Shahum joins Carl Anthony (Urban Habitat), Jeff Tumlin (Nelson\Nygaard), Harrison Fraker (UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design) and Benjamin Grant (exhibition curator) for a SPUR symposium, "The Post-Carbon City: Planning for abundance in an era of dwindling resources." The discussion focu