Crowd floods public hearing, urges Caltrain to avoid shutting down stations 

An overflow crowd of speakers from a variety of different organizations, cities, and communities addressed the Caltrain Board of Directors on Thursday, urging the body to refrain from closing down some of its transit stations.

Faced with a $30.3 million budget shortfall, Caltrain has proposed shutting down seven stations as a cost-saving move, and has already identified 10 depots that could be cut.

Each of the sites proposed for closure had at least one person speak up in support, with the attendees ranging from high school students to city planners to mothers to residents of a developmentally-disabled center.

Thursday’s meeting was a public hearing for Caltrain passengers to voice their concerns about the agency’s budget-balancing proposals. No decisions were made, and the agency will continue to evaluate its options to balance its shortfall.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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