Archive for July, 2008

A rash of delays on Capitol Corridor

The Caltrain station in San Jose is also an Amtrak stop for the Capitol Corridor, which goes from San Jose to Sacramento via Oakland. I’ve taken the train a few times, when the train runs on time, riding the Capitol Corridor is a great experience. Seats on that train are large and comfortable with lots of leg room. The train also has a cafe car where you can buy food and drinks. In the East Bay, you can see the train you’re on racing with the elevated BART trains running a few blocks away.

Capitol Corridor’s managing director, Eugene Skoropowski, has a reputation of communicating directly with riders. Earlier today, he sent an email to riders explaining and apologizing for a rash of delays occurred during the last few weeks on the Capitol Corridor. These delays were neither mechanical nor caused by Union Pacific, which owns the tracks. One of the delays was caused by a truck hitting the train on the side. On another incident, a passenger got on the train without a ticket in Martinez and jumped out of the train through an emergency exit window upon arriving at Richmond Station. That passenger left behind a suspicious package which prompted an evacuation of the train. Another incident involved a vehicle blocking the tracks outside the grade crossings. Two of the delays involved trespassers and one was killed.

Sometimes you have to appreciate the effort Caltrain puts into in order to deter trespassers and create safety awareness. In the East Bay, the train tracks are largely unfenced. Trespassers can cross tracks easily and cars often stop on the railroad track waiting at a red light. Even so, unfortunately, some of the incidents were just too weird and too hard to avoid.

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July 23, 2008 at 4:53 am Leave a comment

Barely made the train in Mountain View

It was captured yesterday in Mountain View as people were able to make the connection between the light rail and Caltrain.

This morning there was a broken rail in the Burlingame area, which caused train delays throughout the system as trains have to operate on a single track. These kinds of incidents can be annoying, but broken rail has occurred on other rail systems as well.

July 11, 2008 at 6:12 am Leave a comment

Caltrain station profiles

Complete Caltrain station profiles are available on Transit Unlimited. You can check out the location, bus and shuttle connections and parking facilities for bikes and automobiles.

In addition, you can check out the profiles for light rail and BART stations on that site as well.

Transit Unlimited is a wiki, so if you know something I don’t know, or if you see something incorrect, you can get an account and make changes.

Station profiles are helpful as Caltrain ridership continues to grow and parking spaces running out at many popular stations. The profiles also show connecting transit and bus alternatives to Caltrain. Information like where to buy tickets and pay parking fees will hopefully help riders avoid missing trains and/or receiving citations.

July 9, 2008 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

Caltrain’s 4th of July special service

On 4th of July, Caltrain will provide special service to the baseball game and the fireworks in San Francisco.

Besides the special baseball service, after the fireworks, Caltrain will run a special express train (first stop San Carlos) at 11pm. Two more special trains (all local stops) will depart at 11:15pm and midnight.

In San Francisco, Muni will provide special bus shuttle from Caltrain to the Pier 39 area (Embarcadero and Bay) after 2pm. Caltrain riders can also take Muni bus 10 to the area as well. The F line will not operate along Embarcadero.

The last Muni shuttle from the Pier 39 area to Caltrain will depart at 11:20pm.

July 3, 2008 at 1:32 am Leave a comment


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