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January 2019
In this issue: Hear from fellow riders, the latest with construction, and electric train updates!

Get excited about electrification - these riders are!

Have you heard what our riders are excited about with the electric trains? We visited three Caltrain stations and talked to riders from throughout the corridor to find out what they're looking forward to most when the new electric trains are added to our fleet.  Reduced noise and air pollution, and more frequent service are just a few of the benefits to come! Watch the video to see what riders are saying about CalMod. 

And in case you missed it, view the "CalMod 2018 Year in Review"  video


Construction to make Caltrain a modern, electric commuter rail system continues! This month, crews continued foundation installation from South San Francisco to Menlo Park and pole installation from South San Francisco to San Mateo. Two power transformers at the Traction Power Facility in South San Jose were also installed in December.
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In January, interior equipment (mounting brackets, thermal and acoustic insulation, piping and electrical conduits, wire harnesses) were installed in the first four carshells of Trainset #1. Electric train truck frames under development are now undergoing static load, fatigue testing and installation clearance checks.

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Upcoming Events

February 5, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose 95112

Joint Powers Board Meeting
February 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
SamTrans Administrative Offices,  Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos 94070

February 7, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
South Historic Railroad Museum
1005 Railroad Ave., Santa Clara 95050

Local Policy Makers Group 
February 28, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. 
SamTrans Administrative Offices, Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos 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.