Trump administration deals a big setback to Caltrain

By Matier & Ross : sfgate – excerpt

In the first big hit to the Bay Area from the Trump administration, newly minted Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has put the brakes on $647 million for Caltrain to go electric — and in the process pretty much killed hopes for high-speed rail coming to San Francisco anytime soon.

“It puts the (electrification) project in serious jeopardy,” Caltrain spokesman Seamus Murphy said Friday.

Caltrain carries about 60,000 riders a day between the South Bay and San Francisco, but its diesel-driven trains are both costly to operate and slow. Officials see electrification as a way both to increase ridership and save money on operating costs.

Going electric would also allow the Peninsula line to be the final link in the high-speed rail system that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to stretch from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The Obama administration embraced the idea, but…

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4 thoughts on “Trump administration deals a big setback to Caltrain

  1. Part of the Caltrain going electric or ” modernization” plan calls for the tearing down of 280 for “track rerouting” as they call it. Which would also be dumb. So this helps. Believe it or not I’m hoping trump continues with more of this stuff.


    • If you look at where the money has gone for the last few years you will see that the coasts have received most of the funds. The rest of the nation deserves some help with their dams and bridges as well. This may be a mixed blessing of sorts.


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