High-Performance Electric Trains 

Caltrain plans to replace the current diesel locomotive trains with new high-performance electric trains as part of the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP). The new electric trains will increase the system’s overall capacity and will provide faster, cleaner, more frequent, and more reliable service to communities between San Francisco and San Jose.  

Caltrain launched an electric train website as an avenue for public input on the look and feel of the new trains. Visitors are encouraged to return to the site for updated information and new ways to provide feedback. Visit the site here.

If you have general comments or questions or would like to request a presentation from staff, please email calmod@caltrain or call 650.399.9659.

EMU Project Activity

Contract Award
In September 2016, the Caltrain Board executed a contract to a company to build the new trains. The contract is currently in the Limited Notice to Proceed phased with work being done to advance design. A full notice to proceed is contingent on receiving the Full Funding Grant Agreement from the Federal Transit Administration. For more information about the project cost, click here.  

On May 4, 2016, the Caltrain Board received an update on the proposal for the electric vehicle contract. The presentation can be viewed by clicking here. Currently, there is an opportunity for the public to weigh-in on the policy decision to have one bathroom per train or no bathrooms on the new electric vehicles that will be procured as part of the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project. The Caltrain Board is expected to make a final decision at the June 2, 2016 meeting. 

Request for Proposal

On July 2, 2015, the Caltrain Board approved the release of the electric vehicle Request for Proposals (RFP). Before arriving at that decision, there was a year-long process involving outreach to car builders and the public. For more information about the process, see the presentation section below.

The RFP includes a vehicle option for common boarding heights with HSR as well as parameters to balance seats / standees / bathrooms / bikes. The EMU RFP was issued on August 21, 2015 and is available here.    
Online Surveys
In June 2015, Caltrain receive information from customers from the annual customer satisfaction survey. There were a couple questions that related to the purchase of new electric trains. To view the presentation that highlighted those results, click here

In September and October 2014, the CalMod team solicited, through an online survey, feedback from the public on key decisions, such as bathrooms, bikes and seat capacity. On February 5, 2015, the results of the survey were presented to the Caltrain Board. To view the presentation, click here. To view the full survey report, click here

The information gathered from the surveys will be coupled with technical analysis to helped inform the development of the RFP.

Request for Information
In May 2014, Caltrain issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the procurement of EMUs. The RFI process provided the CalMod team with valuable information about the current electric vehicle options. 

Public Presentation JPB - May 5, 2016
Public Presentation JPB - July 2, 2015
Public Presentation JPB - June 4, 2015
Public Presentation JPB  Workshop - May 20, 2015
Public Presentatin JPB - May 7, 2015
Public Presentation JPB - April 2, 2015
Public Presentation JPB - Feb. 5, 2015 
Public Presentation Community Meeting - Sept. 8, 2014 (PDF,843KB)  
Public Presentation JPB - Aug. 7, 2014 (PDF, 504KB)

Public Meetings on the New Electric Trains


Caltrain Citizen Advisory Committee: May 18 at 5:30pm
SF County Transportation Authority Citizen Advisory Committee: May 25 at 6pm 
Caltrain Accessibility Advisory Committee: May 26 at 11am
Caltrain Local Policy Maker Group: May 26 at 5:30pm
North Fair Oaks Council: May 26 at 7pm
VTA Policy Advisory Committee: May 12 at 4pm
VTA Citizen Advisory Committee: May 11 at 4pm
Caltrain Board: May 5, 2016
Caltrain Board: July 2, 2015 at 10am
Local Policy Maker Group: June 25, 2015 at 6pm
Bicycle Advisory Committee: June 23, 2015 at 5:45pm
SF Bicycle Advisory Committee: June 22, 2015 at 6:30pm
SF Land Use Planning Committee: June 22, 2015 at 1:30pm
Diridon Station Joint Policy Advisory Committee: June 19, 2015 at 3pm
Caltrain Citizen Advisory Committee: June 17, 2015 at 5:30pm
Caltrain Accessibility Advisory Committee: June 17, 2015 at 12pm
San Mateo County Transportation Authority: June 4, 2015 at 5pm
Caltrain Board: June 4, 2015 at 10am
San Mateo County Transportation Authority Citizen Advisory Committee: June 2, 2015 at 4:30pm
Local Policy Maker Group: May 28, 2015 at 6pm
SF County Transportation Authority Citizen Advisory Committee: May 27, 2015 at 6pm

Bicycle Advisory Committee: May 21, 2015 at 5:45pm
Citizen Advisory Committee: May 20, 2015 at 5:40pm
Caltrain Special Board Workshop: May 20, 2015 at 9am
Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board: May 14, 2015 at 10am
Transbay Joint Powers Authority Citizen Advisory Committee: May 12, 2015 at 5:30pm
Caltrain Board: May 7, 2015 at 10am
Local Policy Maker Group (LPMG): April 23, 2015 at 6pm
Caltrain Citizen Advisory Committee: April 15, 2015 at 5:40pm
Caltrain Board: April 2, 2015 at 10am
Citizen Advisory Committee: February 18, 2015 at 5:40pm
Local Policy Maker Group (LPMG): February 26, at 6pm
Bicycle Advisory Committee: March 19, 2015 at 5:45pm
Caltrain Board: February 5, 2015 at 10am
Transbay Joint Powers Authority Citizen Advisory Committee: October 14, 2014 at 5:30pm
Friends of Caltrain, Mountain View City Chambers: September 29 at 7pm
Local Policy Maker Group (LPMG): September 25 at 6pm
Caltrain Accessibility Advisory Committee: September 22 at 11am
Bicycle Advisory Committee: September 18, 2014 at 5:45pm
Community Meeting, San Carlos: September 8, 2014 at 11am and 6pm 
Citizen Advisory Committee: August 20, 2014  at 5:40pm
Caltrain Board: August 7, 2014 at 10am


Staff and Info Tables at Top Ten Highest Ridership Stations



• San Jose Station: Sept. 9, 2014 at 5pm - 7:15pm
• Palo Alto Station: Sept. 10, 2014 at 7:30am - 9:30am
• San Francisco 4th and King Station: Sept. 11, 5pm - 7:15pm
• Menlo Park Station: Sept. 16 at 7:30am - 9:30am
• Millbrae Station: Sept. 16, 5pm - 7:15pm
• Sunnyvale: Sept. 17 at 7:30am - 9:30am
• Hillsdale Station: Sept. 23 at 7am - 9am
• Redwood City Station: Sept. 23, 5pm - 7:15pm
• San Mateo Station: Sept. 24 at 7:30am - 9:30am
• Mountain View Station: Sept. 24, 5:30pm - 7:30pm


Please email caltrainemu@caltrain.com or call 650-399-9659 for more information about upcoming milestones. 

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