U.S. Department of Transportation Representatives Visit Dynamic Testing of Caltrain’s All-New Stadler Multilevel EMU Trainsets
Representatives from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Caltrain, and Stadler US recently visited the FRA Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado to share a ride on Caltrain’s latest trains and to discuss the potential significance of the project to California and our nation’s transportation infrastructure at large. State of the art catenary electric trains destined for transit service in California are in the final stages of testing with TTCI, a renowned transportation industry partner and subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads known for its capabilities in testing, research, development, and the safe deployment of emerging transportation technologies.
Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation John Putnam joined Cindy Terwilliger, FTA Region 8 Regional Administrator, Michelle Bouchard, Acting Executive of Caltrain, Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US, Kari Gonzales, CEO and President of TTCI, and other industry professionals aboard the new trains on November 5th. Caltrain and Stadler followed the test ride with a presentation and discussion on the technology of the project, benefits of its local manufacturing, and implications for the industry.
Made possible by significant investment from the federal government, Caltrain’s new trainsets will serve as the foundation for the first modern, electrified railroad in California. This transformational project is creating jobs across the country, combatting climate change, and will significantly improve service for riders.
Additional trainsets are now being assembled in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Stadler US manufacturing plant. These new trainsets and their associated infrastructure in California represent a keystone in the state’s transit and sustainability future. This project is a critical component of California’s future high-speed rail system as the two systems will share a corridor. Furthermore, the associated electrification lays the foundation for Caltrain’s revolutionary 2040 Service Vision that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 110 metric tons every day, and support tripling ridership to 180,000 passengers every weekday—the equivalent of adding 5.5 new freeway lanes worth of capacity to US 101.
“These new electric trains will bring a new standard of excellence to the Caltrain corridor,” said Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “Cleaner, greener, quieter, more comfortable, and more
efficient, these trains will deliver an across-the-board improved riding experience with features such as Wi-Fi, improved passenger information displays, additional storage, and power sources at every seat, benefiting
the communities we serve for decades to come.”