The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board welcomed new members Raul Peralez and Joél Ramos, and elected its officers for 2016 at the rail agency’s January meeting.
Peralez, who is the San Jose City Councilmember for District 3, joins the board as the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s City of San Jose representative. Ramos, a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board member, joins as the SFMTA representative.
Along with swearing in of Peralez and Ramos, the JPB elected its officers for this year. Mayor of Gilroy Perry Woodward, who also is a partner at the law firm of Hopkins & Carley, was elected chair of the JPB, and José Cisneros, treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco, was elected as vice-chair.
The board of directors is the governing body of Caltrain, the commuter rail service that operates in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Caltrain is managed by the San Mateo County Transit District, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The nine-member board of directors is composed of three members from each of the three partner agencies.
For additional information about board members, visit www.caltrain.com/board.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than four years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.