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November 2019


In this issue:  Thanks for Building Our Future, and Project Update

THANKs for building our future 

CalMod jobs picture collage

'Tis the season to be thankful, and we're grateful for the thousands of hard-working individuals who have come together across multiple industries like construction, engineering and manufacturing to build the infrastructure and electric trains here in California and across the country. We can't help but feel excited and thankful for all those who have made the project possible. Thank you!

To learn more about the people behind Caltrain Electrification, visit


Front shot of a train being finished at the Salt Lake City facility

Manufacturing, assembly, and testing activities for the electric trains are ramping up at the new Salt Lake City facility. Three cars are now completely wired and undergoing electrical testing. Other testing continues with truck (bogie) structural and lifecycle testing, and propulsion gearbox endurance tests occurring. Seventy-five percent of first article inspections are also now complete. This type of inspection verifies that the first manufactured component in a series is built as required. To view more photos visit  

Construction to make Caltrain a modern, electric commuter rail system continues! This month, crews began installation of foundations in Palo Alto and Mountain View. Work was also performed on six traction power facilities in San Jose, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, South San Francisco, and San Mateo, and pole installation continued in San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood City.

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Upcoming Events

JPB Board Meeting
December 5, 2019, 9:00am - 11:00am
SamTrans Administrative Offices, Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070

Local Policy Makers Group
December 19, 2019, 5:30pm
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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