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USDOT defers Caltrain electrification funding
Caltrain has warned that the viability of its project to electrify the 52-mile San Jose-San Francisco corridor may be in jeopardy after newly appointed United States Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao…
Seriously, Mr. Denham?
You want to kill yet another chance to bring U.S. passenger rail into the 21st Century? Play a disingenuous game of smoke and mirrors by attempting to associate the object…
GOP targets California rail grants
California’s Congressional Republicans are calling on the Trump Administration to block $647 million in new grants for electrification on the Caltrain rail line between San Francisco and San Jose. This…
Caltrain deploying mobile ticketing app
Caltrain says its passengers “are one step closer to a mobile ticketing option” following the Jan. 5 approval by the agency’s Board of Directors to develop the new fare technology.
Caltrain tackling “real jerk moves”
“Real jerk moves” have nothing to do with excessive slack action on Caltrain push-pull commuter trains. Rather, in the words of one customer, they have to do with certain passengers,…
For Caltrain, 16 KISSes from Stadler (but no FLIRTs)
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) CEO Jim Hartnett and Stadler Group CEO Peter Spuhler on Aug. 15, 2016 signed a $551 million contract for 16 KISSes.
Caltrain awards electrification, EMU contracts
Caltrain’s Board of Directors on July 7, 2016 approved $1.25 billion in contracts with Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. and Stadler U.S. Inc. to begin work on the Peninsula Corridor Electrification…
Caltrain approves FY 2017 operating and capital budgets
Caltrain's Board of Directors has unanimously approved balanced operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2017.
For Caltrain, another ridership record
Caltrain’s annual ridership count shows that agency has reached a record for the sixth consecutive year.
Caltrain Modernization funding increased; CHSRA adds $113 million
On May 5, 2016, the Caltrain Board of Directors adopted an agreement that invests an additional $211 million in the Caltrain Modernization Program. The seven-party agreement increases funding commitments from…
Former SFMTA and VTA CEO to lead Caltrain Modernization Program
At the Caltrain Board meeting on Feb. 4, 2016, Executive Director Jim Hartnett announced that Michael Burns, who retired as the Chief Executive Officer for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation…
Caltrain approves fare hikes to meet rising costs of rail operations, maintenance
Caltrain’s Board of Directors approved on Dec. 3, 2015 an increase to the adult base fare by 50 cents, effective Feb. 28, 2016. As a result, the amount paid for…
Caltrain sets ridership record
During its 2015 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2015, Caltrain reached a record in total ridership of more than 18.5 million passengers., a 54.8% percent increase from just five…
PTC for the masses
A large percentage of the general public, specifically, the passenger-train-riding public, does not understand Positive Train Control—if they’ve even heard of it. For that matter, neither do many of the…
Hartnett selected to lead San Mateo County Transit District
Jim Hartnett has been appointed General Manager and CEO of California’s San Mateo County Transit District, an independent, consolidated public agency that includes the SamTrans bus and paratransit system, the…
FRA green-lights CBOSS PTC
The Federal Railroad Administration has given Caltrain the green light to proceed with the installation and testing of its CBOSS (Caltrain Communications Based Overlay Signal System) Positive Train Control (PTC)…
Caltrain electrification costs, timeframe increase
The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board on Nov. 11, 2014 received updated information about a higher projected cost and extended timeframe for the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP), which includes…
Caltrain electrification design-build gets nod
California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., has signed California Senate Bill (SB) 785, legislation that allows the Caltrain electrification project to proceed as a design/build procurement. The Peninsula Corridor Joint…
Transbay transit hub plan imperiled
Aggressive plans for San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, which include accommodations for improved Caltrain service and a terminus for California high speed rail, are in jeopardy as developers and city…
Caltrain seeks input on electric train plans
Caltrain is asking the its riding public to provide feedback and input on design details of its future fleet of electric multiple-unit (EMU) trains, consists that are still unfamiliar to…
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