At its monthly meeting today, the Caltrain Board of Directors approved a contract extension to the Caltrain Operating Agreement with TransitAmerica Services, Inc. (TASI) to continue providing commuter rail service for the agency through June 30, 2027.
The current term of the agreement is set to expire on June 30, 2022. The new contract extension allows TASI to support the construction of the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) and the subsequent transition into operation and maintenance in an electrified environment. The Caltrain Board originally awarded TASI its contract in September 2011 with a five-year base agreement and an option for five one-year extensions. Those extensions were executed in February 2017.
Since becoming Caltrain’s rail operator, TASI has provided rail operations, maintenance and support services that include administration/safety; operations and dispatch; maintenance of equipment, track, communications & signals, and stations; construction support; and state of good repair.
TASI has provided construction support for the capital program including a number of other critical capital improvement projects, such as Positive Train Control (PTC) and the replacement of several aged railroad bridges. During TASI’s tenure, the rail operator has also demonstrated improvement in on-time performance, monthly mechanical delays and customer satisfaction.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with commute service to Gilroy. 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 corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.
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