Monday, July 09, 2012

Caltrain modernization progresses with California HSR vote

Caltrain modernization progresses with California HSR vote Cailtrain

The California Legislature's vote to approve funding for the Caltrain Modernization Project as part of the California High-speed Rail Authority's effort marks a milestone in bringing modern electric rail service to the San Francisco Bay area. The bill authorizes $600 million in high-speed rail funds to modernize Caltrain.

In addition to the money received through the high-speed rail program, Caltrain also will receive more than $100 million in connectivity funding through Proposition 1A. Additional funds for the project will come from a combination of local, regional and federal sources.

A modern Caltrain system is expected to provide more service, carry more riders, get more cars off the roads, reduce the operating subsidy and reduce pollution.

"There is a generational responsibility to leave behind a world that is better than the one we found. This speaks to that responsibility," said Caltrain Executive Director Mike Scanlon.

The "blended system" will allow Caltrain and high-speed rail to operate primarily on Caltrain's existing tracks, minimizing the impacts on the communities through which it passes.

With the additional funding for the $1.5 billion project, electric train service could be operating on the Caltrain corridor as soon as 2019.

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