Caltrain’s Board Approves Electrification Design-Build and EMU Contracts
From the first discussions of a fully electrified system and increased capacity SAMCEDA has been a leader in supporting this effort.
"On Thursday, July 7th, the Caltrain Board of Directors approved $1.25 billion in contracts to begin work on the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP).
When complete, the PCEP will help address rapidly growing ridership by allowing the operation of more service that will accommodate more riders. The project will also significantly decrease vehicle-miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the Peninsula corridor. Additionally, the project lays the foundation for the eventual operation of high-speed rail service that will connect the Bay Area to the rest of the State.
Funding for the project comes from a variety of local, regional, state and federal sources which reflects the project’s widespread support from a growing coalition of stakeholders committed to improving public transportation and addressing congestion between San Francisco and San Jose.
The remaining funds will be secured through Federal programs focused on increasing ridership capacity on existing transit systems. In 2015, Caltrain applied for $647 million from the FTA Core Capacity Program. In February, the Obama Administration allocated nearly $73 million in prior year funding to the project and requested that another $125 million be included in the 2017 Federal Budget."