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Caltrain operator issues 2019 progress report

Last year, Caltrain adopted its 2040 Service Vision and made progress toward approving its 2040 Business Plan.
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The San Mateo County Transit District this week published a progress report of Caltrain’s service and projects in 2019.

The report outlines milestones met last year, including adoption of the 2040 Service Vision, which calls for Caltrain to operate more frequent service, add electrified service and prepare for future expansion.

The Service Vision is central to developing Caltrain’s business plan, which will outline how the agency will grow by 2040, San Mateo County Transit District officials wrote in the progress report. The business plan is expected to be adopted later this year, officials said.

A project to electrify the Caltrain corridor from the San Francisco Station to Tamien Station in San Jose is underway. Last year, more than 1,400 foundations and 650 poles were installed between San Francisco and San Jose to support electrification, according to the progress report.

In May 2019, Caltrain marked the opening of Stadler Rail’s manufacturing plant in Salt Lake City, where 28 electric trains are being assembled. 

Also last year, San Mateo County Transit District invested in the improvement or elimination of 15 of 42 grade crossings in the Caltrain network.