Public invited to grand opening of $140m Caltrain maintenance hub on Sat., 9/29
Public invited to grand opening of $140m Caltrain maintenance hub
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Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:28 pm (PST)
Published Monday, September 24, 2007, by Caltrain
Caltrain Set to Open New $140M Maintenance Facility
Caltrain will officially open its new Centralized Equipment
Maintenance & Operations Facility on Saturday, Sept. 29. After
nearly three years of construction, this $140 million facility
will finally provide Caltrain with its first-ever "home" for
maintenance and operations.
The new facility will accommodate critical activities, including
inspections, maintenance, repairs, train washing and storage. CEMOF
will consolidate Caltrain's existing maintenance facilities and
provide the capacity to complete certain maintenance that had to be
contracted out until now. The change is particularly welcome for
employees, who have had to work outside in all kinds of weather
with few amenities, often crawling on the ground to do repairs.
The CEMOF grand opening will be open to the public and include a
community open house as well. Attendees will park at the nearby San
Jose Diridon Caltrain Station and be brought to the CEMOF site on a
special train that will depart the station at 10 a.m. Diridon station
is located at 65 Cahill St. Attendees who cannot arrive in time for
the train ride can take a special SamTrans shuttle that will depart
from the Diridon station for the CEMOF location every 15 minutes from
10:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.
The event will begin with a short program at 10:30 a.m., including
comments from local, state and federal officials, including Amtrak
President Alexander Kummant. Immediately afterward, attendees may
tour the facility and get an explanation of the types of maintenance
and repairs that will take place at CEMOF.
The special train will return to Diridon station at 12:30 p.m.,
however attendees are welcome to leave before or after that time via
the shuttles, which will run back to the train station until 1 p.m.
Media Contact: Jonah Weinberg, 650.508.6238