Caltrain’s launch of electrified service will be delayed two years, until late 2024, due to “complications in the installation of signal systems, unforeseen conditions under Caltrain’s tracks, and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which severely disrupted supply chains necessary to the project.”
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Caltrain’s annual ridership count shows that agency has reached a record for the sixth consecutive year.
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 and the purchase of new electric multiple-unit railcars.
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 Powers Board’s (Caltrain’s owner/operator) authority to issue design/build contracts expires at the end of this year, but SB 785 extends the authorization until 2024. Officials said extension of design/ build authority was necessary for the project to proceed as planned.
Caltrain on Friday, May 16, 2014 released an RFQ (Request for Qualification) for the electrification portion of its Modernization Program, which includes operating electric service with new, high-performance rolling stock between San Francisco and San Jose by 2019.
California’s Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board has adopted an updated Memorandum of Understanding with the California High Speed Rail Authority that “lays the foundation for modernizing the Caltrain system through an early investment in the Peninsula Corridor and the eventual creation of a blended system that would allow high speed rail to operate between San Jose and San Francisco.”