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Faltering ridership prompts Caltrain to cut four commute-hour trains

Citing a dramatic decline in ridership because of the economic downturn, Caltrain May 7 announced plans to eliminate four commute-hour trains from its regular weekday schedule and adjust several other peak-period train schedules.

Two trains each in the morning and afternoon would be cut, service type (express, limited stop, local or semi-express) would be adjusted on four other morning trains, and one other train’s schedule would be changed by four minutes.

Nine afternoon trains’ schedules and/or service levels also would be modified.

Caltrain plans to hold concurrent public meetings May 20 in three locations to accept public input on the proposed changes, which would take effect Aug. 25.

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