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Caltrain set to start second phase of CTX

Next month, Caltrain will begin construction on the second phase of CTX, the passenger railroad’s largest-ever rail improvement project.

Construction on CTX South will take place along the 140-year-old rail corridor between Atherton and San Jose, Calif. Work includes upgrading the track to a four-track segment, which will accommodate upcoming Baby Bullet express trains between Fair Oaks and Bowers avenues in Sunnyvale, Calif. The two additional tracks will run through the Lawrence Caltrain Station, which Caltrain plans to completely rebuild.

The $49 million project also includes rehabilitating track, replacing jointed rail with continuous welded rail and renewing deteriorated cross ties. Caltrain also plans to install Centralized Traffic Control, a signal system designed to enable dispatchers to switch trains remotely to improve operating efficiency and flexibility along the corridor.

A new station will include a pedestrian tunnel, ramp and ADA-accessible stairs. Other improvements include new station platforms, parking areas, lighting, a shuttle bus stop, new signage and improved landscaping.

Joint venture Herzog Construction Corp./Stacy and Witbeck Inc — the contractor for CTX North — plans to complete the project in mid-2004.

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