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September 2019


In this issue:  Busting Myths, Electric Power Stations, and our ongoing Model Roadshow

Staying CALTRAIN Safe with Mythbuster Kari Byron

Kari Byron at Caltrain track

It's Rail Safety Week, and to help explain why staying safe and aware around train tracks is so important, Kari Byron of MythBusters teamed up with Caltrain to talk rail safety. As we move forward with the electrification of our fleet, safety around the tracks continues to be vital. Quieter trains, increased capacity, and the installation of electric overhead wires means that staying aware around the stations and along the entire corridor is as important as ever. Always stay aware of your surroundings, respect all track gates and signage, and keep yourself safe.

For information about how to stay safe around the new electric train infrastructure being built for the new fleet, visit


new traction power facilitie

As a vital part of Caltrain electrification, 10 Traction Power Facilities (TPFs) will be installed between San Francisco and San Jose. TPFs are electric power stations used to provide, distribute, and regulate electricity to Caltrain's new high-performance electric trains. These facilities are essential to improving Caltrain, and will come with numerous benefits like cleaner energy for our trains, a quieter ride, and a better overall Caltrain experience. 

Visit to learn more about how TPFs work and where they're being built!


person posing with model electric train

Have you visited one of our stops on the Model Train Roadshow yet? Many have already gotten an up-close look at the future of Caltrain by viewing the to-scale miniature model of the new electric trains! The roadshow continues through the rest of the year and beyond, so make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for clues about where we're stopping next!

Visit to see more photos of where we've already been on our roadshow. Hope to see you at our next stop!

Upcoming Events

JPB Board Meeting
October 3, 2019, 9:00am - 11:00am
SamTrans Administrative Offices, Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070

Model Train Roadshow Event
October 19, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Follow us on social media for clues to where this roadshow stop will be! 

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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