Caltrain electrification rolling stock meeting
- Published Thursday, February 1, 2001, in the San Mateo Daily Journal
Electric Caltrain coming?
By Neil G. Greene
Daily Journal Reporter
Caltrain staff will hold a meeting today in San Carlos to examine the
electrification of Caltrain's locomotives and gallery cars.
The meeting will focus on a 55-page discussion on the types of
equipment being used by other rail service providers throughout North
America, Japan and Europe, their advantages, and how electrification
can become a reality along the Caltrain rail corridor which stretches
from San Francisco to Gilroy.
"We want to open [the meeting] up to people who want to hear about
the report and get public comment," said Caltrain's Janet McGovern.
She notes there has been a strong public following of the
electrification issue and expects tomorrow's meeting to take the
electrification process to the next level.
Caltrain contends that electric cars are advantageous to riders for
several reasons, including improved train performance electric
trains can accelerate more rapidly than diesel, which is particularly
advantageous in the tightly spaced station stops along the rail
Electric trains are also produce fewer emissions and would be a
further step towards the overall modernization of Caltrain's engines
and gallery cars.
The meeting takes place at 8 a.m. at the Caltrain administrative
offices at 1250 San Carlos Ave. Information about the study and the
Caltrain Electrification Project is available online at
Contact reporter at: neil@...