Caltrain’s first electric trains arrive for testing

Caltrain photo.

Caltrain’s first electric trains have been delivered to the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado, for testing, marking a major milestone in the electrification of the railroad, agency officials said.

The Colorado facility will test the trains at high speeds under numerous conditions, as required by the Federal Railroad Administration as part of its safety standards.  Tests include braking, propulsion, ride quality, noise and vibration, door operation and Positive Train Control,  a system which has the capability to prevent accidents.

The testing will take approximately eight months.

MTC has been a partner in the Caltrain electrification project, which has been a key regional priority for more than 20 years.

MTC has directed over $1 billion to Caltrain for modernization initiatives since the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which owns and operates Caltrain, was formed more than 30 years ago. This includes more than $350 million to electrify the corridor and deliver Positive Train Control systems.

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