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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Public asked to comment on Caltrain short-range transit plan

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Caltrain is soliciting public comment on the annual update of its Short-Range Transit Plan (Fiscal Year 2009 & 2010 - Fiscal Year 2018). The plan includes the 10-year operating and capital plan and financial projections used to qualify for state and federal funds.

The needs-based plan highlights Caltrain's ongoing safety program, the State-of-Good-Repair program and efforts to maximize ridership. Long-term needs focus on the Peninsula Rail Program (the agency's partnership with the California High-Speed Rail Authority) and the modernization and electrification of Caltrain.

Major challenges facing the rail agency, including Caltrain's structural deficit and capital program shortfall, also are reflected in the SRTP.

The SRTP is updated annually to meet the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's regulatory requirements to program federal funds.

Comments will be accepted through Nov. 20. The final plan will be presented to the board for adoption at its Dec. 3 meeting.

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