Why High-Performance Electric Trains
Caltrain is purchasing new high-performance electric trains to replace the current diesel locomotive trains as part of the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project. The electric trains will stop and start faster than diesel trains which means Caltrain could increase capacity with a more user-friendly, efficient schedule that will provide consistent, attractive service with more frequent stops without sacrificing speed.
Caltrain’s new electric trains are a key component of the Caltrain Modernization (CalMod) program that will enhance the speed, capacity, safety, and comfort of Caltrain’s commuter rail service.
Note: design includes an option for additional doors. These will not be used when electrified service begins.
Explore Potential New Caltrain Electric Trains
Caltrain will purchase new high-performance electric trains to replace the current diesel locomotive trains. This tour will highlight some of the exciting new features of the high-performance electric trains. Keep coming back to the website for updated information and ways to provide your feedback.
The new electric Caltrain train will be state-of-the art vehicles with many enhancements and amenities over the current diesel fleet.
Thank you for voting!
Between Thursday, July 20 and midnight on Friday, July 28, over 2,500 votes were received on the seat color options. And the winner is…
Please note, the winning option is a preliminary design and may change subtly due to operational and maintenance constraints. Check back soon, as we will be posting updates about upcoming polls very soon.
New Passenger Cars
A typical passenger car layout will have two main levels with between 85 and 100 seats per car. There will be some flip seats, in addition to the regular fixed seats. Most seats will face one direction and if there are any seats facing each other, there will be a table in the middle. There will be one bathroom per train.
Vote for your preferred onboard bike storage option!
Caltrain is upgrading its overall bike capacity with the new electric trains. Your input is important to help inform the design of the new bike cars. Vote for your preferred onboard bike storage option! The poll closes at midnight on September 1, so be sure to check back afterwards for the results.
|Option 1 - Stacking||72 bikes/train set|
12.5% increase from today (per peak hour, per direction)
|Option 2 - Hybrid||68 bikes/train set|
8.3% increase from today (per peak hour, per direction)
Option 1 – Stacking
Option 2 – Hybrid
For both options, the aisle width meets the ADA requirement of 32 inches. Ten cameras will be posted in the lower and mid levels of each bike car to enhance security.
Want to try out the different options? Visit our events section to learn about opportunities to check out the bike rack samples first hand while the poll is live.
Have more to say? We want to hear from you! Use our feedback form to share your ideas.
New Bike Cars
There will be two dedicated bike cars per train that will be well marked from the outside. Each bike car will have two levels, with bike storage on the lower level. The exact bike layout will be discussed in Spring/Summer 2017. Please visit again to see the latest developments.
Note: Caltrain is in the middle of developing a bike parking management plan that will explore opportunities for improving bike parking at stations. For more information about the plan and to weigh-in, go here.
Thank You For Voting!
Between Friday, May 12 and midnight on Friday, May 19, over 6,330 votes were received on the exterior design options. And the winner is…
Please note, the winning option is a preliminary design and may change subtly due to operational, maintenance and engineering constraints. Check back soon, as we will be posting updates about upcoming polls very soon.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Your feedback on the train design will help shape how we deliver a more comfortable ride and more efficient service.
Check back soon, as we will be posting frequent updates.
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Increased frequency and reduced travel time
Amenities like destination signs and electrical plugs, more room, and reduced engine noise
Short and long-term capacity growth potential, without degrading service
Replacing old diesel trains with new electric trains will reduce GHG and improve air quality
Initially, Caltrain will replace approximately 75 percent of the diesel fleet with new electric trains called Electric Multiple Units (EMUs), which would operate between San Francisco and San Jose. Full replacement of the fleet with EMUs would occur at a future time when funding is identified and the remaining diesel trains reach the end of their service life. Explore the timeline below to learn more about the schedule.