You have to love the tongue-in-cheek headline in the Daily Post on Monday: "Caltrain crisis: too many riders". That's correct, the struggling rail line has too many riders and some have to stand at certain times of day. The article reports that
Ridership has risen to 47,060 boardings on weekdays in 2013, up from 42,354 in 2012 and 37,779 in 2011, according to Caltrain statistics.
That's almost 25% growth in two years for the constantly-broke railroad. So you ask "what is the crisis?"
"We (meaning Palo Alto) plan our transportation demand management around Caltrain and yet it's so limited...they're capped at six trains per hour in peak hours," Palo Alto city councilman Pat Burt said, referring to an agreement Caltrain made with the High-Speed Rail Authority. That agreement says that Caltrain will limit its trains so that high-speed rail can use the same tracks for its trains.
Nice, huh. The trains people want are unavailable because of the ones they don't want......