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  • Still Dithering on Level Boarding
    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 […]
  • Over-Promising on Electrification
    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 […]
  • New SF Caltrain Terminus Opens at 0 tph
    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 […]
  • Fleet of the Future
    Not bad in blue, huh? This parody of the fragmented state of Bay Area transit is based on an image by Stadler Rail. There should be plenty in this image to offend almost everyone!
  • The End of CBOSS
    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 […]

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