2023 Year in Review

This year has been an eventful one for Caltrain. With significant strides made in the electrification of our railroad as well as the many other major projects, the progress made in 2023 is sure to benefit our riders for years to come. This page is a brief summary of all we have accomplished this year.

Caltrain Electrification 2023 - A Year of Progress

In 2023, Caltrain Electrification celebrated numerous milestones and achievements in this historic project. Take a look back at 2023 with Executive Director Michelle Bouchard, as we highlight the incredible successes from the last year. Learn more, and get a sneak peak at what’s in store for 2024 at www.caltrain.com/electrification.


Caltrain to Pilot Exciting, New Electric & Battery Powered Train  

The California Transportation Commission approved the allocation of $80 million in CalSTA funds for one battery-equipped electric train, leading the way for Caltrain to operate a fully zero-emission service to Gilroy. 

Fourth Daily Train Added to Gilroy/Morgan Hill Service  

In September, Caltrain began operating increased Gilroy/Morgan Hill service with a fourth roundtrip train. This was met by great excitement from elected officials and riders in South Santa Clara County.  

Fare Promos Make Caltrain More Affordable Than Ever  

Caltrain introduced new fare promotions that make it easier than ever to ride Caltrain, providing discounts for families and groups that travel together; $1 rides for Clipper Youth Card holders; and a three-day unlimited pass; half-off parking at Caltrain stations.

MLK Celebration Train Returns After Hiatus from Pandemic  

The MLK Celebration Train ran for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Crowds were delighted to have this beloved tradition return to the rails. Thank you to the NorCal MLK Foundation for their partnership in bringing this important event back to the community.

SF Parade Attendees Ride with Pride and Celebrate with Caltrain  

Caltrain was proud to offer extra train service to the 53rd annual San Francisco Pride Parade and Festival, providing free limited edition “Ride with Pride” stickers and a welcome party at the San Francisco Station with music and entertainment to help revelers celebrate. 

Summer of Caltrain Delights Riders Throughout Corridor

The Summer of Caltrain brought excitement back with this vibrant campaign bringing live performers and free giveaways to stations to thank our loyal riders and attract new ones.    

Diridon Plaza Transit-Oriented Development Moves Forward  

Transit-Oriented Development

Caltrain's Diridon Plaza Project--a Diridon Plaza Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) that will bring approximately one million square feet of commercial and active ground floor use to the station area including a plaza for public use--made significant progress this year, gathering feedback through public presentations and meeting with a variety of community organizations.

Caltrain Passes First Ever Two-Year Budget  

Caltrain’s Board of Directors approved its operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 and 2025 in June of 2023. The two-year operating budget continues to fund Caltrain’s highest ever service levels of 104 trains per weekday, and the capital budget covers long-term infrastructure improvement and maintenance projects.   

Corridor Improvements Come to Peninsula  


In addition to electrification, Caltrain worked on a host of projects to keep the the corridor in a state of good repair, including the Bayshore Station Overpass Rehabilitation Project and the Guadalupe River Bridge Project which is replacing a 1935 wooden bridge. These projects ensure the corridor remains safe and fully functional for years to come.  

Caltrain Works with Cities on Corridor Crossings Strategy  

Michelle Bouchard

The Corridor Crossings Strategy (CCS) is a coordinated approach to designing and implementing grade separations and closures that will help unlock regional mobility and provide safety benefits. Over the past year, Caltrain worked closely with cities and sister agencies to advance this effort. In parallel, existing active grade separation projects such as the Castro Street and Burlingame Broadway projects, also made significant progress this year.   

Caltrain Dedicated to Improving Safety Standards  

Safety First and Always is Caltrain’s primary core value. The agency appointed Mike Meader as its Chief Safety Officer in 2023, helping to ensure that the daily operations of Caltrain continues as safely and responsibly as possible. Over the past year, Caltrain has made improvements to its safety protocols and conducted an emergency response exercise in coordination with law enforcement, fire and medical response.   

New Mission Statement  


Michelle Bouchard

Under leadership from Caltrain’s first dedicated Executive Director Michelle Bouchard, the railroad adopted a new Mission Statement, Vision and Core Values that focuses on providing customers with safe, reliable, accessible, and sustainable transportation service that enhances the quality of life for all in the communities it serves.  


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