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Caltrain Could Receive $40 Million from State for New Signaling System

Caltrain will hold a news conference open to the public on Thursday at noon to discuss the potential new 'key funding allocation.' Several government representatives are scheduled to speak.

Caltrain will host a news conference Thursday to announce a key funding allocation "that will support critical work on an advanced signaling system, one of the corridor modernization projects funded through High Speed Rail’s ‘early investment’ program," Caltrain representatives announced Wednesday.

The California Transportation Commission is expected to vote on whether to release nearly $40 million for Positive Train Control. The signaling system will provide the foundation for improved operations and safety and the advancement of electrification work later on.

The public is invited to attend the news conference.

Opening remarks will be given by Adrienne Tissier, chair of the Joint Powers Board, which owns and maintains Caltrain. Other scheduled speakers include:

  • Tom Nolan, Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board Director
  • Rep. Jackie Speier
  • Asm. Jerry Hill
  • Sen. Leland Yee
  • Asm. Fiona Ma
  • Ann Schneider, Loma Prieta Chapter, Sierra Club

The conference is scheduled to take place this Thursday, Sept. 27 at noon at Caltrain's Millbrae station, 100 California Dr. in Millbrae, at the west side of station, on the southbound train platform.

For more information, visit www.caltrain.com.

Stacie Chan September 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM
As a Caltrain rider and commuter, I'm in full support of any advancements on a signaling system.
DanC September 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I know this is hugely political but the first thing the BART system should have done in 1967 was build down the SP right-of-way to San Jose. Alas, San Mateo County would have none of it. I'm saying this because maintaining this antiquated CalTrain commuter system will grow more expensive as years go by with very little return for the money. The major problem with CalTrain right now is suicides. How will a new signaling system help that?

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