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Caltrain Bike Survey

caltrainCaltrain has a survey up for bikers that is worth taking the time to fill out. The survey fills me with a bit of dread because it ignores the #1 reason why biking and Caltrain has hit a snag: Baby Bullets reduced the number of bike spaces by 50% on trains. Just about everyone I talk to shares the opinion that they could design the Baby Bullet bike car better.

Rather than address the source of the problem, Caltrain seems focused on bike deterrence: charging extra for bringing bikes on and adding more/better bike parking. The latter is a good thing but does little for people who need their bike at both ends.

There is an additional tangential proposal to move the bike car to the southernmost car, which is more related to San Francisco bike congestion.

Thanks for the heads up, Cyclelicious.

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SVBC board member Ellen Fletcher says the reason for the reduced capacity was additional PUC requirements that were in place when the Bombardier cars were purchased. The old gallery car design was grandfathered.

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kwc:

I'm not entirely sure what PUC requirement means, but I guess that means we're stuck with the Bombardier cars as-is, though Caltrain could add another bike car. It's a shame they have to build out car parking lots as a result of the Baby Bullets -- you used to be able to find parking at MV any time of day -- when bikes present a much more land efficient solution. Oh well. Thanks for the info.

PUC = California Public Utilities Commission. They oversea rail safety in California.

Caltrain can't add more cars because they're mostly at their limit on the length of consists for passenger rail. This is the result of extremely outdated safety regulations from the Federal Rail Administration. Caltrain is on the lead trying to change the rules to make passenger rail _safer_, faster, cheaper and with more capacity. Unfortunately, the FRA is run by people in the freight rail industry. Passenger rail is a nuisance to them, so it's in the best interests of freight carriers to make passenger rail as uneconomical as possible.

Caltrain can't add more cars because they're mostly at their limit on the length of consists for passenger rail. This is the result of extremely outdated safety regulations from the Federal Rail Administration. Caltrain is on the lead trying to change the rules to make passenger rail _safer_, faster,ed hardy kleidung cheaper and with more capacity. Unfortunately, the FRA is run by people in the freight rail industry. Passenger rail is a nuisance to them, so it's in the best interests of freight carriers to make passenger rail as uneconomical as possible.

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