Cal-Train [and SamTrans] Has to Quit Running Over People Along the San Francisco Peninsula

There have been more deaths along the Union Pacific train tracks already in 2015 than there were ‘alleged suicides’ during the twelve months of 2014.

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SUGGESTIONS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA

• Cal-Train / San Mateo Transit Agency / Union Pacific Railroad MUST lead by taking immediate action.

(The only visible thing the train company has done is to post black and white signs with an 800 help number leading to desks in Nebraska!)

• All transit police agencies – including Bay Area Rapid Transit police – need to act professionally and responsibly, as soon as possible.

• City of Menlo Park, City of San Mateo, City of Mountain View, Town of Atherton and other peace officers should get involved in a positive manner.

• The Sheriffs of Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties are elected to serve and protect the people. They MUST require the owners of the railroad properties where dead bodies have been found to follow all applicable laws and urge immediate engineering and administrative improvements!

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Posted on July 22, 2015, in crime, Homeless and Transitional Living, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Risk Management, Socioeconomics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. We share your dissatisfaction. We’re sorry that you’ve had this terrible experience with our service. It is frustrating for everyone – the general public, our riders, the media and Caltrain personnel – not to be able to arrive at a simple explanation for these tragic events. As a member of this community, Caltrain is working closely with the cities, civic organizations, mental health organizations and suicide prevention organizations to address the root cause of these disturbing incidents and help to provide support and resources for communities struggling to address these issues. Beyond that, we’ve installed more than 91,000 feet of fencing along out right-of-way since 2006, and we’re pursuing grant funding to pay for more.

    Caltrain is working with the communities on the Peninsula to pursue increased safety measures at train crossings, such as more gates and signage, and is always interested in investigating new technologies that could potentially reduce these tragic incidents. Ideally, we’d like to see grade-separation projects, which elevate the railway above street traffic, at every one of our street crossings, but those undertakings are costly, time-consuming, and must be led by local cities and communities. Still, Caltrain is committed to advocating for those projects and ready to follow opportunities for grade-separation programs whenever possible.

    Caltrain has monthly Board of Directors meetings at our headquarters in San Carlos where you can speak publicly on the matters that concern you. Those meeting are held on the first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. in the second floor auditorium at 1250 San Carlos Avenue in San Carlos (one block from the San Carlos Caltrain Station.) You can also voice your opinion at Caltrain’s Citizens Advisory Committee, a volunteer consultative panel that meets in the same auditorium that on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:40 p.m. Finally, you could also email the board of directors at board@caltrain.com.

    ~ Will Reisman
    Caltrain Public Affairs

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