Caltrain Announces New Chief Officer; Caltrain Modernization Program

Caltrain Announces New Chief Officer; Caltrain Modernization Program

After an extensive recruitment effort, John Funghi has accepted the position of Chief Officer of the Caltrain Modernization Program. Funghi is a registered professional engineer in California with extensive experience managing major construction projects both in the public sector and as a construction contractor.

Funghi has worked for the past 18 years for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and for the past 11 years, he has served as the Central Subway Program Director with overall responsibility for delivery of the $1.6 billion Central Subway project in downtown San Francisco. The Central Subway project has been recognized throughout the transportation industry for its innovative approaches to construction and community involvement.

“We are excited to be adding a professional of John’s caliber to our already exceptional team,” said Caltrain Executive Director Jim Hartnett. “John’s established relationships with the Federal Transit Administration, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, San Francisco and other regional partners will ensure a smooth transition to the Caltrain Modernization Program.”

“I want to thank John Funghi, a nationally-regarded project manager, for leading the Central Subway Project from early design and outreach to actual tunnel and station construction,” added Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “While his professional experience and leadership will be missed, we wish him the best of luck in his new venture, and will ensure his good work is carried out to a successful conclusion. The Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project is vital to this region and these two projects will have had a strong leader who understands the importance of world-class transportation for all, and how to get it done.”

After a transition period over the next few months, Funghi will begin his new position February 1, 2018. 


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. 

About CalMod: The Caltrain Modernization Program includes the electrification of the existing Caltrain corridor between San Francisco and San Jose; the installation of a Communications Based Overlay Signal System Positive Train Control (CBOSS PTC), which is an advanced signal system that includes federally-mandated safety improvements; and the replacement of Caltrain’s diesel trains with high-performance electric trains called Electric Multiple Units. The $1.9 billion program is funded through a nine-party agreement and a seven-party agreement that leverages local, regional and federal funding. 

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