Caltrain tests new electric trains

Caltrain’s first electric trainset underwent clearance testing last weekend along the corridor between Santa Clara and Tamien Stations, according to the agency. The test was to ensure that the trains meets all clearance requirements.

Passenger service is expected tp begin with the new high-performance electric trains in 2024.

Each trainset will have seven cars, as opposed to the current five or six. The new trains also offer enhanced amenities, including new digital onboard displays, power outlets at each forward-facing seat, energy-efficient lighting, coat hooks, security cameras, and expanded storage under the cantilevered seats.

The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. 

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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