Process To Select Caltrain Operator Moving Forward
The process to select an operator for Caltrain, the Peninsula’s commuter railroad, is moving forward. Caltrain’s current contract with Amtrak, which has operated the service since 1992, will end on June 30, 2011 with provisions to extend the contract on a month-to-month basis up to June 30, 2012.
On Sept. 27, 2010, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which owns and operates Caltrain, received five proposals from the following firms:
- Keolis Rail Services America
- Peninsula Corridor Rail Services (a joint venture between Amtrak and Bombardier)
- Peninsula Rail Services (a joint venture between Rail America and RATP-Dev)
- Transit America Services, Inc. (a subsidiary of Herzog)
Since proposal receipt, the JPB has conducted thorough evaluations of each proposal and conducted interviews with firms found to be in the competitive range.
This month evaluation team members will continue to conduct further evaluation activities as part of their due diligence in the selection process. The current timeline calls for negotiations to be concluded in late spring and a recommendation of contract award to be presented to the board by early summer.
The new contractor is expected to begin operating Caltrain by the end of the year.
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Caltrain is a commuter rail line operating between San Francisco and San Jose, with commute service to Gilroy. Average weekday ridership on the mix of 86 local, limited and express weekday trains is 40,000. Local, hourly service is provided on Saturdays and Sundays.
Caltrain is owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, a partnership of the City and County of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Transit District and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.