CalTrain http://kalw.org en Caltrain engineer talks about coping with track deaths http://kalw.org/post/caltrain-engineer-talks-about-coping-track-deaths <p>In the past six weeks, five people have died on Caltrain tracks, hit by trains that could not stop in time to avoid them. Every year, an average of 12 people die on Caltrain tracks, and most are suicides. This is a small percentage of suicide deaths each year &ndash; only about one percent of suicides in the U.S. are by train.</p><p>Caltrain has built 10-foot fences along much of the route, commissioned studies about location and prevention, put up signs with suicide hotline numbers along its tracks, and partnered with mental health agencies. But it is a tragic problem that persists.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 23:45:01 +0000 Julie Caine 12730 at http://kalw.org Caltrain engineer talks about coping with track deaths Getting the trains to the station http://kalw.org/post/getting-trains-station <p>California&rsquo;s high-speed rail project has taken a beating over the past couple of months. The price tag for building the super fast train is now expected to be almost $100 billion, more than twice what voters approved in 2008. The <a href="http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/">High-Speed Rail Authority</a>, which is designing and planning the project, has to convince voters &ndash; and an increasingly skeptical Legislature &ndash; that funding high-speed rail is feasible.</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:01:32 +0000 Julie Caine 7501 at http://kalw.org Getting the trains to the station Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, March 12, 2012 http://kalw.org/post/connecting-dots-top-news-stories-monday-march-12-2012 <p>The Federal Transit Administration has committed $900 million to the <a href="http://www.progressiverailroading.com/passenger_rail/news/FTA-commits-900-million-to-BART-Silicon-Valley-Berryessa-project--30234#">Bart Silicon Valley project</a>. This extends the existing Bart system 16 miles south to San Jose. <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/south_bay&amp;id=8577485">Construction can begin</a>, and if all goes as planned, the extension could be running four years from now...</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 17:12:45 +0000 Lisa Ratner 7326 at http://kalw.org Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, March 12, 2012