Caltrain looks to expand electrified
mass-transit service into downtown
Bay City News Service
May 12, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom,
along with several other city and transportation officials, asked
for more state funding yesterday to help extend Caltrain services
into the city's downtown area.
According to Caltrain spokesman Jonah Weinberg, Caltrain is looking
to extend its services into San Francisco's downtown area. He
said in order to do that, Caltrain must find funding for the electrification
of its trains.
According to Weinberg, a train destined for downtown San Francisco
would have to go underground, and putting a diesel train underground
is not plausible because of the emissions produced by the train.
Weinberg said the electrification of the trains would cost an
estimated $100 million. He said electric trains would be more
efficient and create less pollution.
"The decisions we make on how we prioritize state transportation
funding will have a huge impact on California's future,"
Newsom said in a statement. "We must look forward by investing
in a truly effective system of mass transit, not backwards by
repeating the mistakes of the past and building more highways
that drive development into our precious green spaces."
Newsom also urged lawmakers to continue to back the state high-speed
rail project, which will be over 700 miles long and will have
some 30 potential destinations, connecting San Francisco to Los
Angeles, city officials reported.
The high-speed rail project has an estimated $40 billion price
"Countries all over the world have seen the wisdom of investing
in high-speed rail as a major transit option particularly as fossil
fuel-driven vehicles become less and less viable in the future,"
San Francisco Supervisor Jake McGoldrick said.
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