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11/10/2008



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Caltrain notes ridership, revenue gains in FY2008


Caltrain recently released "Keeping the Focus," the agency's progress report for fiscal-year 2008, which ended June 30.

Among the FY2008 highlights: The commuter railroad posted record ridership, carrying almost 12 million passengers, up 8.6 percent compared with FY2007's total. Revenue skyrocketed more than 15 percent to $40.1 million.

The report also notes the completion of two significant infrastructure projects: the San Jose maintenance facility (for which Caltrain received the Transit Project of the Year award from the California Transportation Foundation) and Burlingame station improvements.

Caltrain also is in the midst of upgrading the Palo Alto and California Avenue stations. Next year, the agency expects to begin improving the Santa Clara and San Jose stations. Longer term, Caltrain is preparing to electrify the railroad, which will enable the agency to reduce emissions and offer more frequent service.  


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