Caltrain to Hold Community Meeting on Electrification Project in Atherton


Caltrain will host a community meeting on Thursday, January 18, to discuss how the Caltrain Electrification Project will affect Atherton.

Construction in the area is scheduled to begin within the next three months, including tree pruning and removal, utility relocation and signal and communication equipment inspection. The meeting will offer residents the opportunity to learn more about the project, as well as get more details about the scope and schedule of upcoming construction activities.

The public meeting will be held at the following time and place:

January 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. 

Jennings Pavilion

150 Watkins Avenue

Atherton, CA 94027 

Caltrain Electrification is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the Caltrain corridor from San Francisco’s 4th and King Station to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and convert diesel-hauled trains to Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains. The Electrification Project will improve Caltrain system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


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 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.

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