SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Caltrain will receive $367 million in state funding to complete electrification of its San Francisco-San Jose main line, the commuter rail operator announced Tuesday.
The funds will come from the state’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, and prevents diversion of operation funding that Caltrain had identified as a possible source of the funds needed to complete the project.
“The Electrification of Caltrain will be a transformational experience for our riders, with more frequent service and enhanced amenities,” Caltrain Executive Director Michelle Bouchard said in a press release. “Not only will it significantly decrease greenhouse gases emissions, it is a major advancement for transit in the Bay Area connecting communities to a transportation network they deserve. We appreciate that the state recognizes the importance of this project and we are excited to now have the funding to complete electrification in 2024.”
Along with $43 million in federal funding included in the omnibus spending bill passed late last year [see “Caltrain to receive $43 million …,” Trains News Wire, Dec. 28, 2022], the agency has now closed the $410 funding gap for the electrification project it had identified in 2021.