CALTRAIN/HSR BLENDED SYSTEM PLANNING PROCESS
The blended system will support integrated high-speed rail and modernized Caltrain service on shared tracks in order to maximize the use of existing infrastructure, which is primarily a two-track system. This approach will keep the project substantially within the existing Caltrain right-of-way and will minimize impacts to surrounding communities.
In 2012, Caltrain conducted a capacity analysis, which determined that a blended system is operationally viable. The analysis was prepared by LTK Engineering using a computer simulation model customized for the Caltrain corridor.
Based on the analysis, Caltrain is facilitating a process of engaging the local partners to define the blended system. Planning for the Blended System began in 2011 to help develop the blended system project alternatives and prepare for environmental evaluation of a future blended system project. A necessary step prior to final design and construction of the blended system will be obtaining environmental clearance.
In 2013, Caltrain completed two blended system studies that build on the 2012 capacity analysis. These two blended system studies are planning tools to help interested stakeholders better understand various blended system scenarios. They do not include any policy or planning recommendations.