It's common for old-timers to blanch at the escalating price of items, but I still was flabbergasted by the cost of Caltrain. A scant four years ago I paid less than $10 a day, all-in. Today it was $17.50 [$9.50 Caltrain round trip + $4 parking + $4 San Francisco light rail]. Including gasoline, it would have cost about the same to drive the 20 miles north to San Francisco and park at one of the discount lots a few blocks from the office. (By comparison BART from Millbrae to San Francisco is $10.50, including parking of $2.)
Caltrain's recent fare hikes and higher ridership have greatly strengthened its financial position. From this infrequent commuter's point of view, however, Caltrain needs to take a breather on price increases lest its hard-won gains vanish overnight.
|Homes under construction at the old Bay Meadows site should add hundreds of Caltrain customers.|