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Why High-Performance Electric Trains

Caltrain is purchasing new high-performance electric trains to replace the current diesel locomotive trains as part of the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project. The electric trains will stop and start faster than diesel trains which means Caltrain could increase capacity with a more user-friendly, efficient schedule that will provide consistent, attractive service with more frequent stops without sacrificing speed.

Caltrain’s new electric trains are a key component of the Caltrain Modernization (CalMod) program that will enhance the speed, capacity, safety, and comfort of Caltrain’s commuter rail service.

Overview


calmodtrain new electric train

Note: design includes an option for additional doors. These will not be used when electrified service begins.

Explore Potential New Caltrain Electric Trains

Caltrain will purchase new high-performance electric trains to replace the current diesel locomotive trains. This tour will highlight some of the exciting new features of the high-performance electric trains. Keep coming back to the website for updated information and ways to provide your feedback.

Enhancements

The new electric Caltrain train will be state-of-the art vehicles with many enhancements and amenities over the current diesel fleet.

Caltrain improvements - electric plugs iconplentiful power sources
Caltrain improvements - destination signs iconbetter location & destination info
Caltrain improvements - reduced engine noise iconquieter, smoother rides
Caltrain improvements - increased frequency iconincreased frequency & reduced travel time

Seats

Thank you for voting!

Between Thursday, July 20 and midnight on Friday, July 28, over 2,500 votes were received on the seat color options. And the winner is…
Calmod Trains seat poll results graphic: Option B, the gray and red trim seats!
Please note, the winning option is a preliminary design and may change subtly due to operational and maintenance constraints.

*Best experienced in landscape mode

New Passenger Cars

A typical passenger car layout will have two main levels with between 85 and 100 seats per car. There will be some flip seats, in addition to the regular fixed seats. Most seats will face one direction and if there are any seats facing each other, there will be a table in the middle. There will be one bathroom per train.

Bikes

Thank you for your input!

Rider engagement is a key element helping to shape the design of Caltrain’s new electric trains. Based on a review of the feedback received, the stacking option, which maximizes onboard capacity will be the onboard bike storage design for the new electric trains.

Rendering of the stacking bike design

During August through September, the Caltrain outreach team worked to receive feedback on the electric train onboard bicycle storage design. Over this time, Caltrain collected feedback through various feedback mechanisms used to make the final determination. Input was received through an online poll; discussions with local bike advocacy groups; station outreach where riders could try out the bike car options; comments though the website; social and earned media; and emails, phone calls, and in-person-engagements.

The poll, which ran from August 8 to September 1, found that two-thirds of respondents (66.2 percent) preferred the convenience of the hybrid, wheel-holder option. Written comments from some members of the public expressed concern that the hybrid option would not be able to accommodate all bikes; would limit capacity, causing more cyclist bumps from trains; and would not be accessible to those unable to lift their bike into the wheel holders. The Caltrain Bicycle Advisory Committee and the bicycle coalitions in San Francisco and Silicon Valley supported the stacking option due to its ability to maximize onboard bike storage.

CalModTrains Bike Feedback process graphic

*Best experienced in landscape mode

New Bike Cars

There will be two dedicated bike cars per train that will be well marked. Each bike car will have a lower, mid, and upper level, with bike storage on the lower level. Security cameras will be posted in each bike car to enhance security.

Note: Caltrain recently adopted a Bike Parking Management Plan to improve bike parking at stations. For more information about the plan, go here.

Exterior Design

Thank You For Voting!

Between Friday, May 12 and midnight on Friday, May 19, over 6,330 votes were received on the exterior design options. And the winner is…

CalModTrains new exterior design photo

Please note, the winning option is a preliminary design and may change subtly due to operational, maintenance and engineering constraints.

Feedback

BENEFITS

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Convenience

Increased frequency and reduced travel time

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Comfort

Amenities like destination signs and electrical plugs, more room, and reduced engine noise

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Capacity

Short and long-term capacity growth potential, without degrading service

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Sustainability

Replacing old diesel trains with new electric trains will reduce GHG and improve air quality

DELIVERY PLAN

Initially, Caltrain will replace approximately 75 percent of the diesel fleet with new electric trains called Electric Multiple Units (EMUs), which would operate between San Francisco and San Jose. Full replacement of the fleet with EMUs would occur at a future time when funding is identified and the remaining diesel trains reach the end of their service life. Explore the timeline below to learn more about the schedule.

TIMELINE

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Events

November

November 16 – Caltrain Bicycle Advisory Committee, 5:45 p.m.
SamTrans Administrative Offices, Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos

November 28 – San Jose Pre-Construction Community Meeting, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room 225, 150 E San Fernando St., San Jose, CA 95112

November 30 – Local Policy Makers Group, 6:00 p.m.
SamTrans Administrative Offices, Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos

 
See Past Events here.