Teammates and referees simply sat back and watched, letting the players fight it out, bare-knuckle style without helmets or gloves, for what felt like several minutes. And meanwhile, the 17,000 strong crowd bayed for their blood. Was I the only person who felt deeply uncomfortable about this?
Concerns about the feasibility of funding California’s high-speed rail (HSR) project led a peer review group to conclude last Tuesday that the state legislature should not approve the release of billions of dollars of state bond money to fund the first phase of construction.
The Caltrain Board of Directors voted 6-3 yesterday to approve fee increases as part of a budget-balancing plan for fiscal year 2012. The board’s decision keeps service at 86 trains per weekday and adds 25 cents to the price of one-way tickets and 50 cents to day passes. It also increases daily parking fees from $3 to $4 and monthly parking fees from $30 to $40.
Beginning March 1, the Stanford Marguerite shuttle system will undergo extensive changes intended to improve efficiency for its riders, make better use of its budget and decrease its environmental impact. Every line, except the Ardenwood Express and Menlo Park routes, will have adjusted times, stops or routes.
Despite its importance and success, Caltrain is in trouble. Due to a lack of dedicated funding, the commuter rail line is facing the possibility of a $30 million budget gap. Caltrain’s proposed solution would eliminate all weekend and non-rush hour service, as well as up to 16 stations. Instead of watching one of the Peninsula’s most important public institutions flounder, local governments, citizens and students must work together to ensure that Caltrain receives the level of funding and respect it deserves.