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    • Caltrain Governance in Age of Electrification Yoriko Kishimoto, Friends of Caltrain Former Mayor of Palo Alto Former Board member, Valley Transportation Authority
    • Caltrain: History * 1863-2013: Celebrating 150 years of passenger service on Peninsula * Began as San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Company (private company but 1/3 owned by voters of 3 counties in 3-county election) * Came to be owned and operated by Southern Pacific * Passed to hands of State of California and Joint Powers Board (JPB), subject to voluntary annual appropriations from three counties
    • Caltrain Governance: Goals and Criteria * Stable, dedicated funding * For riders, seamless ride in payment, transfers, schedules, quality transit that works * For riders and taxpayers: cost effective delivery of service and fair cost allocation * Balance between region-wide efficiency and responsiveness to local needs
    • 3 models of re-organization * Incremental Improvements * Caltrain special district - all of 3 counties or special district boundaries * Public transit coordination authority model
    • Incremental improvements * Ridership and farebox revenue - $22.4 million in farebox in FY2004 to adopted budget $66.1 million in FY2014 * Updated cost allocation among three counties to reflect changing commute patterns * Need coordinated 3-5 year operating and capital budgets to avoid last minute crises * Electrification and TransBay extension
    • Caltrain special district * Special legislation to allow three counties to vote as one for Caltrain parcel tax (950,000 parcels) * Special district to include only areas in “Caltrain sphere” could also be considered
    • Learning from other regions: Public transit coordination authority model * What do other global regions do to coordinate 9 counties, 3 large cities, 98 smaller cities, 26 transit agencies? * Michelle DeRobertis: public transport coordination authority that coordinates but leaves independent transit operators