Caltrain’s Service Vision comes into focus

Commuter railroad Caltrain recently released its draft Service Vision for the next 20-plus years of service on the line. Under the vision recommended by Caltrain’s staff, “fast and frequent service would be the standard on the line.”

BART proposes second SF Bay tunnel

Proposals for a second rail tunnel beneath San Francisco Bay were discussed at a meeting of the Bay Area Rapid Transit board of directors on November 15.

APTA rewards Caltrain sustainability

Greening efforts by a California rail agency and bus operator have been noticed by a major transit advocacy group.


JPB turns to Stanford for business plan

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB), which manages Caltrain, has authorized execution of an agreement with Stanford University to help further the development of the Caltrain Business Plan.


Caltrain to sign Wabtec PTC contract

Caltrain is trading long-delayed CBOSS for conventional PTC on its commuter rail corridor between San Francisco and San Jose.

California Senate boosts CalMod program

California Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the statewide transportation funding legislation signed into law in 2017, is now providing Caltrain with funding necessary to continue work on Caltrain Electrification, a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program (CalMod) to electrify the Caltrain corridor from San Francisco’s 4th and King Station to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and convert diesel-hauled trains to EMUs (electric multiple units).

Caltrain adding Railhead cameras

Railhead Corporation, Alsip, Ill., is supplying Caltrain with new Inward Cab cameras, microphones and 4TB storage modules, an upgrade program to be completed by the first quarter of 2018.

Sales tax ballot measure OK’d for Caltrain

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 10 signed a state senate bill authorizing Caltrain to place a local sales tax measure on the upcoming November election ballot. If passed, the sales tax, which would be a maximum of one-eighth of one cent (0.125 cents), will provide Caltrain, which provides regional/commuter rail service between San Francisco and San Jose, a dedicated funding source.

Caltrain electrification under way

Following years of planning and recent federal funding uncertainty, Caltrain broke ground on the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project July 21.

Caltrain commits to water conservation

In April, California Governor Jerry Brown declared that his state’s severe draught ended, but asked citizens to make water conservation a way of life. Caltrain is playing its part by adding a Storm Water Management Program to its sustainability initiatives.