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Caltrain registers ridership, revenue gains during FY2006's first quarter

In summer, Caltrain hiked fares 17.5 percent, eliminated more than 200 commuter-rail stops and suspended service to several stations to help make up a $13.6 million budget deficit for fiscal-year 2006, which began July 1. But that hasn’t stopped the agency from continuing to post monthly ridership and revenue increases as it has since last summer, when Caltrain launched Baby Bullet express service.

Each month since August, average weekday ridership and revenue rose about 9.4 percent and 27.6 percent, respectively, compared with the same 2004 months.

Since introducing Baby Bullet service in June 2004, Caltrain's average weekday ridership has increased from 26,603 to 34,430 and revenue has risen about 50 percent.

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