Over the next six weeks, there will be a temporary increase in overnight activity along the Caltrain corridor. Caltrain’s new contract-operator, TASI, will be “qualifying” several Federal Railroad Administration-certified engineers Monday through Thursday from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am (intermittently) and during the daytime on weekends through May 24.
“Experienced, FRA-certified engineers go through a qualification process to familiarize themselves with the Caltrain Right-of-Way and operations,” said Jayme Acemann, Government Affairs Officer to SamTrans/Caltrain/SMCTA in press statement. “Caltrain’s corridor contains physical and geographic characteristics that are unique to our system. With more than 40 at-grade crossings between San Francisco and San Jose, it’s critical that our engineers are familiar with operating conditions before they begin running passenger service.
“Unfortunately, communities located near the corridor will notice an increase in horn noise and gate down time during the overnight hours as the training runs operate through their area. These trains will be operated largely overnight to avoid impacting regular service. Practice runs during the weekend will not carry passengers. Passengers at stations should be aware that trains may arrive off schedule but will not be able to pick up riders.”
TASI was awarded the Caltrain operator contract in 2011 during a competitively bid process and will take over in-service operations on May 26.
Residents with questions or concerns can call the Caltrain comment line at (650) 508-7726.
Photo of passenger train taken in 2009 by Chris Gulker