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Caltrain electrification

Postby lpetrich » Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:19 am

Caltrain's electrification project receives FEIR certification | Railway Track & Structures
The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board today certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and approved the planned electrification of the Caltrain corridor between San Jose and San Francisco, Calif.

The Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) is part of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the corridor between San Francisco and San Jose and purchase new high-performance electric rail, upgrade the railroad's signal system and implement Positive Train Control.

However,
Report: Caltrain electrification to cause 'significant and unavoidable' impacts at certain intersections - San Jose Mercury News
A project to speed up Caltrain service is expected to exacerbate congestion at several intersections in Palo Alto and Mountain View.

And while the cities are pointing to grade separations as the obvious solution, the commuter rail agency says the cost is too high.

The $1.5 billion Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project will enable Caltrain to boost its ridership from roughly 60,000 today to more than 110,000 by 2040, according to the agency's projections. The increase will come in part from a new power source. Electric trains accelerate and decelerate faster than diesel trains, allowing for more trains per hour.

For instance,
When the project is done in 2020, the peak morning delay at Alma Street and Churchill Avenue, for example, would increase from 83.9 seconds to 108.9 seconds, according to the report.


At Caltrain's site: Caltrain Board Certifies Final Environmental Impact Report and Approves Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project

This will be good for the California high-speed-rail project, because that also will use electric trains.
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby NH2060 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:05 pm

Joint Powers Board expected to vote on the design of the new EMUs Thursday:

http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/ ... 45558.html
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby bdawe » Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:52 am

I'm surprised that that article didn't bring up the weird double-door situation
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby ExCon90 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:12 pm

What is the double-door situation? I haven't seen anything about that.
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby bdawe » Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:32 pm

Because they want level boarding, and they want level boarding on the same platforms as CHSRA's trains, Caltrain have mused about having two sets of high and low doors, so that there will be easy boarding at all stops in the interim time until all stops on the Peninsula can be raised to standard height. When that happens, the low doors can be closed and more seating installed
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby ExCon90 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:55 pm

That'll take some doing, but it makes sense; you can't beat level boarding for short dwell times and thus trip times.
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Bay Area Funding

Postby John_Perkowski » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:33 pm

So I saw this on book of faces thanks to Moderator Amtrak67ofAmerica.

Looks like what goes around, comes around to me

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In the first big hit to the Bay Area from the Trump administration, newly minted Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has put the brakes on $647 million for Caltrain to go electric — and in the process pretty much killed hopes for high-speed rail coming to San Francisco anytime soon.

“It puts the (electrification) project in serious jeopardy,” Caltrain spokesman Seamus Murphy said Friday.

Caltrain carries about 60,000 riders a day between the South Bay and San Francisco, but its diesel-driven trains are both costly to operate and slow. Officials see electrification as a way both to increase ridership and save money on operating costs.

Going electric would also allow the Peninsula line to be the final link in the high-speed rail system that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to stretch from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The Obama administration embraced the idea, but California Republicans have long portrayed it as a boondoggle and sought to kill it.
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby Head-end View » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:41 pm

I'm surprised the new Sec. of Trans. did this, since President Trump has been talking about big infrastructure improvements as part of his overall plan.
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby mtuandrew » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:55 pm

I'm not, for many reasons too political to get into here. Suffice to say, I don't see this administration advancing many projects in blue states in the next four years, unless its corporate and political allies have a stake, or unless some Democrats go rogue and publicly come to Trump's bargaining table.
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby deathtopumpkins » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:22 am

It was at the request of California's Republican Congressional delegation, which has been trying very hard to kill CAHSR however they can for years now.
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby Nicholas Chen » Mon May 22, 2017 5:29 pm

Caltrain and FTA announce federal funding of $647 million to electrification:
http://www.caltrain.com/about/MediaRela ... train.html
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby electricron » Tue May 23, 2017 9:58 am

Nicholas Chen wrote:Caltrain and FTA announce federal funding of $647 million to electrification:
http://www.caltrain.com/about/MediaRela ... train.html

Reevaluating what projects to fund doesn't mean every project that is on the chopping block is going to get chopped. Once a full funding agreement is signed officially, the USDOT is legally bound to provide the promised funding. This is one reason why it's very difficult to cut the various federal agency budgets - so much of it is committed legally for years to come. About the only line items that can be cut are funds for discretionary projects with no legal entanglements - which makes up far less than 10% of the entire US budget.
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby lensovet » Mon May 29, 2017 7:10 pm

at the same time, they get a nice PR piece that thanks Secretary Chao and Donald Trump personally for money that had been promised before either came to office. you can bet that will be used when needed in the future.
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby NH2060 » Wed May 31, 2017 6:41 pm

lensovet wrote:at the same time, they get a nice PR piece that thanks Secretary Chao and Donald Trump personally for money that had been promised before either came to office. you can bet that will be used when needed in the future.


Well considering the animosity in the Trump Administration toward MANY Obama Administration policies, etc. (and rightfully so I might add) this is a big.. i mean YUGE deal and looks very good on the current administration for not gutting or trying to gut the funding because it was "an Obama era thing". Not that Trump Admin. people themselves would necessarily say so, but many in the media would try to spin it as such.

Had the Admin. cancelled the funding that would have been a very bad move regardless of politics. The time has come to electrify.
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Re: Caltrain electrification

Postby lensovet » Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:13 pm

if you think anything this administration is doing is driven by anything other than politics or personal gain, i've got a yuge bridge to sell you…
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