Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project

The Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization program. The PCEP would electrify the Caltrain Corridor from San Francisco’s 4th and King Caltrain Station to approximately the Tamien Caltrain Station, convert diesel-hauled to Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains, and increase service up to six Caltrain trains per peak hour per direction by 2019. Operating speed will be up to 79mph, which is what it is today.

In 2019 service between San Jose and San Francisco would utilize a mixed fleet of EMU’s and diesel locomotives. After 2019, diesel locomotives will be replaced with EMUs over time as they reach the end of their service life. Caltrain’s diesel-powered locomotive service would continue to be used to provide service between the San Jose Diridon Station and Gilroy.

    •To download the one page fact sheet about the PCEP, please click here.
 •To download the Frequently Asked Questions, please click here
    •To watch the Caltrain Modernization Video, please click here.

The primary purpose of the Project is to improve Caltrain system performance, reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as compatibility with separate later use for blended service (future combined use of the corridor by both Caltrain and high speed rail). An electrified Caltrain system would better address Peninsula commuters’ vision of  increased service and improved travel times in an environmentally friendly and reliable way. This also is expected to help accommodate increase system ridership through improved system operations.

On February 28, 2014, Caltrain released the PCEP Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the planned electrification of the Caltrain corridor between San Jose and San Francisco, a major milestone in the railroad’s efforts to improve its commuter rail service. The Comment Period ended on April 29, 2014. 

   • For more information about the DEIR, click here.

The Final EIR is expected in Fall 2014 and Board Certification in Winter 2014.
Project Schedule: Electrification

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