Caltrain governance in age of electrification yoriko kishimoto

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Caltrain governance in age of electrification yoriko kishimoto

  1. 1. Caltrain Governance in Age of Electrification Yoriko Kishimoto, Friends of Caltrain Former Mayor of Palo Alto Former Board member, Valley Transportation Authority
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 3 models of re-organization * Incremental Improvements * Caltrain special district - all of 3 counties or special district boundaries * Public transit coordination authority model
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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

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