According to the S.F. Bay Area News Group (BANG) reporting of the Caltrain Spokesperson, Another Palo Alto, CA pedestrian death by the at-grade commuter Caltrain Killtrain occurred on February 8, 2012 evening at the deadly Meadow road crossing. This is the first of 2013's 12-16 likely deaths on this outdated dangerous train amid an increasingly dense and busy (SmartGrowth/Sustainable, not-so-Livable) Peninsula.
Last year, 5 died in Palo Alto and two more near its border including a likely Palo Altoan's suicide-by-train in Menlo Park, CA.
Indeed, there is no doubt in my mind that in most Peninsula cities, again Democrat-controlled mostly, Caltrain kills more than illegal gun use each year.
The successful Gun Buybacks in some of the Peninsula Caltrain communities ought to nurture the notion to start a "Caltrain Buyback" program with the same logic-to save lives. I suggest that Caltrain is so much more dangerous speeding through these communities that illegal gun use -- Caltrain passes just inches from people and cross-traffic as it has done since it was built in 1863 when the area was very rural.
Almost all S.F. Bay area cites are controlled by "caring" Democrats (horizontal political control) and all vertical elected legislative bodies above city councils to California's Governor and US President, and all regional bodies are controlled by "caring" Democrats, not a one has started to plan to retire this deadly commuter Caltrain and extend the Peninsula Rail Corridor instead to the nearby rational, grade-separated, much safer, more frequent, already electrified, high-capacity, low-profile heavy rail, no-cross or parallel traffic congestion creating rail system -BART for a whole SF Bay Area integrated, one-seat solution.
Note: Caltrain South of San Jose can easily and more cheaply be replaced by a Santa Cruz-type of Express Coach service from Gilroy and Morgan Hill to the Downtown San Jose Train Station @ Cahill Street.
What will it take to stop this long-term, ongoing carnage on the tracks of this outdated Caltrain?
How many more must die on the Caltrain's Peninsula tracks due to this Democrat-based ignorance at best, or, negligence, at worst?