Lofgren and Eshoo Announce $18.7 Million in Federal Funding for Caltrain Rail Safety Improvements

August 29, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) announced a new federal grant to install positive train control systems on the peninsula corridor Caltrain track between San Francisco and Southern San Jose.

The $18,693,386 grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, will support putting in place Positive Train Control along the Caltrain rail line. Positive Train Control is a system of functional requirements for monitoring and controlling train movements, and consists of advanced technologies designed to make rail transportation safer by automatically stopping a train before certain types of accidents like train collisions and derailments occur.

The grant will be provided to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which owns and operates Caltrain – a commuter rail line which operates across San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties.

"I’m glad to see federal funds put towards improving the safety of our local rail systems," said Rep. Lofgren. "This federal grant is will benefit millions of residents and many businesses from San Jose to San Francisco.”

“Positive Train Control technology is a game changer when it comes to increasing the safety and efficiency of commuter rail lines,” Rep. Eshoo said. “The $18 million federal investment will strengthen Caltrain and can ultimately save lives. This is a critical component to the modernization of Caltrain, the spine of our region’s transportation system.”

The federal funding is provided under the Fiscal Year 2018 Positive Train Control Grants under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program

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