Transit Advocates Imagine Caltrain's Future as Trump Administration Delays Funding

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A Caltrain train pulls into the Palo Alto station. (Don DeBold/Flickr)

Arguing that the South Bay's transportation system is breaking down, the urban planning think tank SPUR released an ambitious proposal for the region Thursday. In its Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan, SPUR proposes improvements to Highway 101 and calls for Caltrain to quintuple its ridership, expand service into downtown San Francisco and upgrade infrastructure. The SPUR report follows the Trump Administration's decision last week to suspend $647 million in funds for Caltrain's electrification, a move the rail agency says will hinder its ability to make needed improvements. We discuss the future of Caltrain.

The Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan (


Ratna Amin, transportation policy director, SPUR

Randy Rentschler, director of legislation and public affairs, Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Seamus Murphy, chief communications officer, Caltrain