California Governor Jerry Brown recently was joined by state and local elected officials, as well as business leaders and transportation advocates for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the Caltrain Electrification Project. The event was held at the Millbrae Caltrain Station to celebrate the project that will electrify the Caltrain rail corridor between San Francisco and San Jose.
The project also includes new high-performance electric trains for the corridor, which will equip the line with faster, more frequent service. The change will also reduce noise, improve local air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create thousands of jobs in the Bay Area.
Governor Brown remarked, "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."
Local, regional and state funding partners committed resources to match a $647 million Federal Full Funding Grant Agreement by the Federal Transit Administration in April 2017. Construction will now begin on installing the new infrastructure, with the project expected to be completed in 2021.
“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,” stated Caltrain CEO Jim Hartnett. “This project will deliver the innovative and cutting-edge transit system that our communities deserve.”