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July 2019


In this issue:  E-News Survey, Caltrain Releases Draft Service Vision, and Updates on Construction and Electric Trains.


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Electrification - The Foundation for Growth

Caltrain Modernization - a foundation for growth

We often talk about the direct benefits of Caltrain Electrification - better service, cleaner air, quieter trains - but did you know the electrification project is the cornerstone for growth not just in our corridor but also the larger Bay Area, region, and state?

Caltrain Electrification is a transformational moment for the railroad and it is also the first, foundational step in the realization of a larger future for Caltrain. On July 22, Caltrain released the draft staff recommendation for the Caltrain Business Plan 2040 Service Vision that builds on the work underway with the Electrification project. The recommendation lays out a vision for a service that triples Caltrain's current ridership to 180,000 riders a day. It envisions express trains every 15 minutes, comprehensive coverage of local stations and greatly expanded frequencies in the middays, evenings and weekends over the full length of our system. It is a vision for a system with increased capacity, longer trains and level boarding. To learn more about the Vision, click here. To watch the YouTube live presentation, click here

Caltrain Electrification also lays the foundation for a number of other projects including the San Francisco Downtown Extension, which will bring Caltrain to San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center and connect 10 Bay Area transit systems; the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan to make Diridon one of the busiest intermodal stations on the West Coast; and the State Rail Plan which includes Caltrain Electrification and High Speed Rail as integral pieces to an "integrated, state-of-the-art rail system that will revolutionize personal mobility and enhance quality of life."


Construction equipment and crew

Construction to make Caltrain a modern, electric commuter rail system continues! This month, crews continued installation of foundations as well as poles along the corridor from South San Francisco to San Jose. Work was also performed on six traction power facilities in San Jose, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, South San Francisco, and San Mateo.

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Electric Trains Update

train bogie being assembled

Electric train production continues to ramp up. In July, bogie (truck) manufacturing commenced in the new Salt Lake City manufacturing facility (see above photo). The trucks house the wheels, axles, electric motors, and brakes.

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Upcoming Events

JPB Board Meeting
August 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
SamTrans Administrative Offices, Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070

Local Policy Makers Group
August 22, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
SamTrans Administrative Offices, Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070

For more details and a full list of upcoming meetings please visit

What Is CalMod?

The Caltrain Modernization Program (CalMod) includes electrification and other projects that will upgrade the performance, efficiency, capacity, safety and reliability of Caltrain's service. The current electrification project will electrify the corridor from San Francisco to San Jose and replace 75 percent of Caltrain's diesel service with high-performance electric trains, reducing air pollution and providing better service to more riders.  

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