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4/14/2005



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Caltrain banks on Baby Bullet train additions to reduce budget deficit


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On May 2, Caltrain plans to begin operating two additional Baby Bullet trains two months ahead of schedule to generate more revenue and help offset a $13.6 million budget deficit.

Departing San Francisco at 8:11 a.m. and San Jose at 3:47 p.m., the trains will stop in San Francisco, Millbrae, Hillsdale (San Mateo), Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose (Diridon) — the same stops as Caltrain’s other reverse-peak Baby Bullet trains.

Since Caltrain introduced the Baby Bullets in June 2004, the 10 trains have been operating at capacity and generating nearly twice as much revenue as local trains. The agency, which doesn’t have a dedicated funding source, generates about 30 percent of its revenue from fares.


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