Join Friends of Caltrain for a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges for Caltrain to achieve level boarding and common platform height with High Speed Rail.
Currently, riders need to climb stairs to get aboard Caltrain. Caltrain has to stop for up to two minutes at each station stop, and up to five minutes for passengers in wheelchairs. BART, by comparison, stops for 30-40 seconds. Caltrain can’t schedule transfer connections to be on time. Boarding Caltrain can be difficult and time-consuming for people with mobility issues, bicycles, luggage, and strollers.
The good news is that Caltrain is leaning toward level boarding - a major step forward - but there are funding, technical, and regulatory challenges.
In addition, Caltrain and High Speed Rail are still intending to have incompatible platform heights, and set-aside areas in the space-constrained Transbay station, limiting the amount of rail service. Caltrain is currently intending to send only 2 of 6 rush hour trains into Transbay, even though there are 3x as many jobs in downtown San Francisco.
Can Caltrain have level boarding? Can Caltrain and High Speed Rail share platform heights? What are the technical, legal, and cost barriers to solving these problems? What would it take to overcome them? How can we community members help?
- Marian Lee, Executive Officer Caltrain Modernization
- Bryan Dykes, Transbay Transit Center Project
- Ben Tripousis, Northern California Regional Director, High Speed Rail Authority
- Clem Tillier, Caltrain/High Speed Rail Compatibility Blog
The organizers ask you to pre-register to get the right size room for the event.