San Mateo, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded an additional $18.7 million to Caltrain for construction of its positive train control system (PTC). This brings the total federal contribution to PTC to nearly $90 million out of the $263 million project budget. This system was first mandated by Congress after the 2008 Metrolink accident and was expected to be operable on railroads throughout the country by 2015. Congress extended the deadline and Caltrain had sought additional grant funding to facilitate completion of the project.
“Positive Train Control will make rail passenger service safer and allow more efficient operations, helping to speed commuters to their destinations, rather than being stuck for endless hours in our highway gridlock,” Rep. Speier said. “Caltrain remains an innovator in our nation both in terms of its long-range vision, which includes electrification of the line by 2022 and a system blended with high speed rail at some point in the future, and in terms of responsiveness to rider requests for greater capacity, convenience and safety. I am pleased that the federal government continues to step up to the plate to support Caltrain’s high technology riders and America’s economy.”
Further information about the PTC project may be obtained by visiting Caltrain’s website at http://www.caltrain.com/projectsplans/CaltrainModernization/PTC-Project.html