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Caltrain wins the $1.3 billion electrification project despite federal struggles.

Posted by Emily O'Dowd on Jul 25, 2017

Caltrain Electrification Project. A radical electrification project has been granted to electrify the Caltrain corridor between San Francisco and San Jose. This celebration comes after an up-hill struggle between the local, state and federal agencies. The $1.3 billion project has been led by the state governor Jerry Brown who has disagreed with Donald Trump over issues ranging from climate change to immigration. At one point, federal funding for the electrification project was in serious jeopardy until the governor met with the president’s Transportation secretary, Elaine Chao and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in Washington, D.C., to seek approval of the grant. The project will electrify the Caltrain corridor between San Francisco and San Jose and equip the corridor with high-performance electric trains that will deliver faster, more frequent services to help the system accommodate rapidly increasing ridership demand.

"Today we begin the transition to high-performance, zero-emission electric trains that boost capacity, improve reliability, and reduce end-to-end travel times by 15 percent."

This is part of Trump’s larger proposal to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure projects throughout the country. The Caltrain @Caltrain ) Peninsula Corridor Elecrification was on a list of $100 million key infrastructure projects submitted by Brown’s office to the federal government.

“Today marks the beginning of a faster, cleaner, better Caltrain, a Caltrain that will allow tens of thousands of people to travel throughout the Peninsula with ease” said Caltrain CEO Jim Hartnett. “This project will deliver the innovative and cutting-edge transit system that our communities deserve.”

The ground-breaking celebration marks a long-awaited milestone towards a future when a modernised Caltrain connects communities with state-of-the-art transit service that reduces travel time, increases capacity; and helps relieve congestion on one of the nation’s most important transportation corridors, Highway 101.

The $1.3 billion electrification can now begin. The change will also reduce noise generated by Caltrain, improve local air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create thousands of jobs in the Bay Area and across the country.

According to Governor Jerry Brown: "A country is great when it can come together and build for the future. That's what we are doing right here on the Peninsula. It's about the future. It's about clean air, efficiency, speed and not sitting on the freeway for a couple of hours bumper-to-bumper."

Electrification is a long-awaited project that has been a goal for the system since 1999. In 2012, local, regional and state funding partners agreed to commit resources that were used to match a $647 million Federal Full Funding Grant Agreement that was issued by the Federal Transit Administration in April of this year.

Construction will take place throughout the Caltrain corridor installing the new infrastructure necessary to support an electrified system. The Electrification Project is expected to be completed in 2021.

 “Today we begin the transition to high-performance, zero-emission electric trains that boost capacity, improve reliability, and reduce end-to-end travel times by 15 percent. This project will allow Caltrain to serve more than 100,000 riders a day by 2040, and take thousands of cars off the roads at rush hour. This is a bright new day for Bay Area commuters,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein.

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Topics: projects

Emily O'Dowd

Written by Emily O'Dowd

On graduating with a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, Emily joined the editorial team. When she isn't writing articles for the website or interviewing experts in the industry she enjoys reading, running and sailing.

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