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    Published Thursday, February 1, 2001, in the San Mateo Daily Journal Electric Caltrain coming? By Neil G. Greene Daily Journal Reporter Caltrain staff will
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2001
      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
      corridor.

      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
      http://www.caltrain.com

      Contact reporter at: neil@...
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