Planning for Caltrain's Uncertain Future

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The full-fledged arrival of the pandemic to the Bay Area last March forced transit operators around the region to deviate sharply from their adopted long-range plans. With so much of its daily ridership tied to now-shattered commute patterns along the peninsula, Caltrain was no different. The monumental ridership loss it experienced forced the agency into a financial, and existential, crisis. In an effort to manifest better control over its own fate in a radically changed world, the agency undertook a planning process that examined four potential realities as driven by two continuums: the strength of public support and the severity of long term changes to travel patterns. Come hear more about the resulting document and the four possible scenarios that will enable Caltrain to emerge from the pandemic with the flexibility necessary to weather future challenges.

+ Ratna Amin / DB Engineering & Consulting
+ Katie Miller / Left Lane Advisors
+ Nicole-Anne Boyer / Adaptive Edge
+ Sebastian Petty / Caltrain



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