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Caltrain proposes conversion to electrified trains

Later this month, Caltrain plans to hold public hearings on its Environmental Assessment/Draft Environmental Impact Report for an electrification program.

The agency has studied the technical and environmental impacts of converting its diesel-powered commuter service to an electrified system along its San Francsico-to-Gilroy, Calif., corridor. Caltrain plans to electrify the line using an overhead catenary system.

Electrification would enable the agency to increase service while decreasing noise and pollution, according to a prepared statement.

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