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October 2019


In this issue:  The Future is Coming, Project Progress, and Adoption of Service Plan Vision


Caltrain electrification and other improvements are moving forward! As we work to upgrade our tracks for the new electric trains, there will be some temporary impacts to platform access. To make sure you always know where to catch your train, check out . You'll find up-to-date notices on system impacts and details needed to ensure you get where you need to go.

Thank you for your patience while we work to make Caltrain better. Electrification is coming, the future is worth it.


Electric train manufacturing continues to progress. Seat cantilevers and seat racks are being assembled, and two car shells are undergoing preliminary electrical testing (as seen above). There are now 19 cars in the final assembly stage, and manufacturing on car shells for trainset #4 has commenced. To view more photos visit

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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Caltrain's Board of Directors adopted a long-term service vision on October 3, defining an ambitious plan for growing service over the next 20-plus years.

The Caltrain Business Plan's 2040 Service Vision lays out a vision for 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.

The 2040 Service Vision is possible thanks to Caltrain Electrification and the ongoing work to transition the service from diesel operations to high-performance electric trains. It is a transformational moment for the railroad and it is also the first, foundational step in the realization of a larger future for Caltrain.

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Upcoming Events

Model Roadshow - Mountain View City Hall
October 28-31, 2019
Mountain View City Hall Rotunda
500 Castro Street, Mt. View, CA 94041

Model Roadshow - South Bay Historical Railroad Society
November 2-3, 2019, 10:00am - 4pm
South Bay Historical Railroad Society
1005 Railroad Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Model Roadshow - San Mateo Public Library
November 8-16, 2019
San Mateo Public Library
55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402

Local Policy Makers Group
November 28, 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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