Caltrain electrification improvements will better address Peninsula commuters’ vision of an environmentally-friendly, fast, reliable service. Electrification will modernize Caltrain and make it possible to increase service while offering several advantages in comparison with existing diesel power use.
Improved Train Performance,
and Greater Capacity
Electrified trains can accelerate and decelerate more quickly than diesel-powered trains, allowing Caltrain to provide more frequent and/or faster train service, initially increasing capacity by over 30 percent.
Increased Revenue and
Reduced Fuel Cost
An electrified Caltrain will increase ridership and fare revenues while decreasing fuel costs.
Reduced Engine Noise
Emanating from Trains
Noise from electric train engines is measurably less than diesel train engines. Train horns will continue to be required at grade crossings, consistent with safety regulations.
Improved Regional Air Quality and
Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Electric trains will produce substantially less corridor air pollution compared with diesel trains, helping meet the State’s emission reduction goals. Increased ridership will reduce automobile usage, resulting in additional air quality benefits.