EMU low door configurationRecent documents seeking regulatory relief from certain FRA requirements for Caltrain's new EMU fleet reveal details of the interface between the train and a station platform.The lower doors of the EMUs will feature a deploying step at 15 inches (measured above the top of the rail), halfway between the 8-inch platform and […]
Numerous recent Caltrain materials include the following quantitative claims (see slide at right) about the service benefits of the electrification project:A baby bullet train making 5-6 stops will make the SF - SJ trip in 45 minutes, down from 60 minutes today. A train making the SF - SJ trip in 60 minutes will be able […]
Zero trains per hour (tph) is the inaugural Caltrain service level at San Francisco's new Transit Center, which opened to the public today after a decade of construction. The grand opening of the center, with its expansive $400 million basement featuring ghost tracks, ghost platforms and a ghost passenger concourse will no doubt crystallize the […]
The rosy view, from 2011Caltrain's troubled positive train control solution, known as CBOSS, has now been completely abandoned, to be replaced by the de-facto standard freight PTC technology known as I-ETMS. That's mostly good news, since Caltrain will no longer be stranded with a globally unique PTC system. I-ETMS is being deployed by numerous other […]
Dances to honor traditions from across the globe, a multi-generational health walk and ample distribution of a round pastry are among the ways the San Mateo community will ring in the first full moon of Autumn.