Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project

Capacity Increase Background Information

The Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) will provide significant capacity enhancements for Caltrain by providing more trains in the peak hour and implementing a more efficient schedule that would provide consistent, attractive service with more frequent stops without sacrificing travel time.

Caltrain will be able to provide an enhanced service schedule because electric trains (EMUs) can accelerate and decelerate more quickly than diesel-powered trains, allowing Caltrain to run more efficiently. The performance advantages of electric trains will enable more frequent and/or faster train service to more riders. Electric trains also allow for future expansion of train lengths without degrading reliability or performance. 

When Caltrain measures the true capacity benefits of the PCEP, we consider total system capacity not just the number of seats on a single train or a single peak hour.    

Capacity Improvements Chart

The graphic below demonstrates the real world capacity benefits for both seats and bikes. To download this graphic, click here

EMU System Capacity graphic 11.7.2017