Plans and Proposals
Caltrain completed its commitment made in October 2010 to upgrade the remaining half of the gallery trains to 80 bike spaces (completed in June 2011). Bombardier trains are not scheduled for an upgrade, so will continue to hold only 48 bikes per train.
Caltrain completed its commitment made in February 2009 to increase bike capacity as follows:
- Increase bike capacity from 32 to 40 bikes on gallery bike cars (completed in June 2009).
- Increase bike capacity from 16 to 24 bikes on Bombardier bike cars (completed in August 2009).
- Convert three Bombardier non-bike cars to bike cars with 24 bike spaces (completed in November 2009).
As of June 2011, all train sets have two bike cars. The 15 gallery train sets carry 80 bikes and the five Bombardier train sets carry 48 bikes. To eliminate bumping, we need consistent 80 bike spaces on every commute-period train.
More Bike Capacity = Better Performance for Caltrain!
Thanks to the increase in onboard bike capacity in 2009, Caltrain's performance improved, including:
- better service reliability;
- decreased dwell times;
- additional fare-box revenue from more bicycle passengers; and
- fewer automobile miles driven, protecting the environment and bolstering public health and safety.
For details, please see the report we presented to the Caltrain board on February 4, 2010.
More Bike Capacity Can Help Save Caltrain
Our analysis shows how Caltrain can increase farebox revenue with more bike capacity to help avoid service cuts. Caltrain claims they are not losing money because of bike bumps, but clear evidence shows Caltrain loses ridership and ticket revenue by denying service to cyclists.
Caltrain's Bike Program Deserves Funding
In spring 2010, we identified a potential funding source for Caltrain to improve its bicycle service. Our analysis shows how closely Caltrain's bicycle program aligns with the grant selection criteria, but Caltrain staff declined to pursue the funding. Grants for bicycle projects are expanding, and we stand ready to collaborate with Caltrain on grant applications.
SFBC Plan for Bicycle Carriage on Caltrain
SFBC authored a Plan for Bicycle Carriage on Caltrain, and we distributed a draft to Caltrain board members at their meeting on August 7, 2008. We finalized the Plan on December 29, 2008 with updates shown in the Revision History.
The SFBC's Plan supports: (1) bikes on board to reduce car, bus, and shuttle trips at both ends of a commute, (2) increasing bike capacity as a way to increase Caltrain ridership, and (3) financial gain for Caltrain and transit agencies by expanding the bikes-on-board program.
Caltrain will purchase all new rolling stock to electrify its line in 2015. We have a stellar opportunity to work with Caltrain to design bikes onboard into the specifications for the new rolling stock, avoiding high retrofit costs later. See our recommendations for bikes onboard Caltrain's electrified service.
High-Speed Rail from San Francisco and Sacramento to San Diego is in the planning phase. Now is the time to ensure bikes onboard is part of the design process.
See the list of organizations that support the resolution. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
See our letter to Caltrans outlining design recommendations to improve the future of bicycle accommodations on rail: Recommendations for Amtrak California New Rolling Stock