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Caltrain service cut, three stations to close amid looming deficit

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Weekday trains will be reduced, weekend service slashed and stations closed in an effort to reduce Caltrain’s growing deficit, according to an agreement announced by the transit agency Tuesday.

The changes will take effect in July.

Under a tentative agreement reached Monday by Caltrain’s board of directors and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, weekday trains will be cut by 10 to 76 and three stations will lose all service. Those stations are Bayshore, Hayward Park and Capitol.

Weekend service will be suspended at 11 stations — 22nd Street, Bayshore, South San Francisco, Broadway, Hayward Park, Belmont, San Carlos, Atherton, California Avenue, San Antonio and Lawrence. The weekend shuttle between the Tamien light-rail station and Diridon also will be suspended.

Caltrain officials said weekend service will continue, but it will be modified, and special-event service — such as to baseball games — also will remain.

The transit agency is facing a $30 million deficit next fiscal year. The new schedule reduces operating costs by roughly $3.3 million, according to Caltrain officials. A fare and parking increase will generate roughly $2 million more in revenue.

The proposal is seen as better than “worst-case scenario” cuts proposed by Caltrain in February, which would have left only 48 trains operating on weekdays.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com