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United States : PENINSULA CORRIDOR JOINT POWERS BOARD approves Caltrain electrification design-build.

California Senate Bill (SB) 785, legislation has been inked by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr, which allows the Caltrain electrification project to move ahead as a design/build procurement.

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board s (Caltrain s owner/operator) authority to issue design/build contracts expires at the end of this year, but SB 785 extends the authorization until 2024. Officials said extension of design/ build authority was necessary for the project to proceed as planned.

The electrification project would transmute the system from a diesel-locomotive-based service to an electrified system equipped with high-performance multiple-unit electric trains that operate off overhead catenary as part of the Caltrain Modernization Program.

As per PCJPB, The electric trains will enhance capacity and allow the system to deliver cleaner, quieter, shorter trip times and, potentially, more frequent service for the corridor .

According to the report, After years of substantial ridership growth, Caltrain s diesel system can no longer meet existing ridership demand. Electrification will support service levels that help accommodate regional job and population growth and will help prepare the corridor to eventually accommodate California s planned high-speed rail system. It will allow Caltrain to almost double the system s forecasted daily ridership by 2040. Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 177,000 metric tons, automobile vehicle miles traveled will shrink by 619,000 miles daily, and billions of dollars in economic value will be created, including nearly 100,000 new jobs.

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Date:Oct 9, 2014
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