Caltrain has successfully tested eight trains running simultaneously on the newly constructed corridor as the agency works to electrify its system, marking the final corridor-wide test before the launch of electrified service in September, as well as the final weekend service change for the electrification project.

Over the past eight years, Caltrain has continued around the clock locating underground utilities, testing ground conditions, inspecting signaling and communications equipment, and pruning and removing trees. The project team installed more than 2,500 pre-engineered poles and strung more than 2.6 million feet of wire to support the Overhead Contact System (OCS), which provides power to the fleet of new, high-performing electric trains.

“This weekend’s test proved that Caltrain will be ready to show our riders and the region a new and improved Caltrain,” said Michelle Bouchard, Caltrain executive director. “I thank our riders for their patience as we complete this necessary construction and I look forward to September when we can enjoy the benefits of a faster, greener and quieter Caltrain.”

Caltrain plans to launch its electric service on September 21, with a connection from San Francisco to San Jose, California, a ride of less than an hour, peak trains every 15-20 minutes at 16 stations and trains every half hour in the mid-afternoon . day, evening and weekend.

In addition, ten traction power plants were installed between San Francisco and San Jose, which will supply, distribute and regulate electricity to the OCS and electric trains.

Following the successful implementation of electrification infrastructure across the 51-mile corridor between San Francisco and San Jose, Caltrain, Stadler and design-build contractor Balfour Beatty were able to safely conduct the eight-train power contingency test to load the electric power system and provide real-time simulate. Full September EMU timetable. Successful completion will ensure eight EMU trainsets can perform well under different power configurations.