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July 2018
CalMod E-News 
In this issue: More power for the people--enhanced electric train amenities, construction update, and the latest on vehicle manufacturing. 


Power outlets at seats.

The new electric trains will be state-of-the art vehicles with many enhancements and amenities over the current diesel fleet, including more plentiful power sources at every seat (except flip seats), allowing riders to stay fully-charged throughout their ride. 

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July was a busy time for electric train manufacturing, with the first trainset undergoing underframe welding inspections on the restroom car and final welding inspections on its coach car; as well as structural testing of the second cab carshell. The third trainset's cab carshell also underwent compression testing. The vehicles continue to take shape as carbody subassemblies and the welding of car shell structures continues. 

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Foundation installation

Construction to make Caltrain a modern, electric commuter rail system continues! In July, crews continued potholing utilities in San Francisco and Brisbane while continuing foundation installation in South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame and San Mateo. Crews also continued construction of the Traction Power Substation in San Jose which will provide power to the overall system once electrified.
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Upcoming Events

Local Policy Makers Group (LPMG)
July 26, 2018 at  5:30 pm
SamTrans Administrative Offices 
Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos

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.