Caltrain updates Redwood City residents on electrification work

Caltrain updates Redwood City residents on electrification work

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The Caltrain corridor in the cities of Redwood City, North Fair Oaks and Menlo Park will see ample construction work related to the ongoing electrification project. A community meeting has been planned for tomorrow at Downtown Redwood City Library to let residents know more about the plans.

In December last year, crews began working on tree pruning/removal, utility relocation, and foundation installation, the transit agency said.

“Over the next few months, crews will continue foundation installation, begin the installation of poles along the rail corridor in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks, and begin the construction of the switching station in Redwood City which will help distribute power to the new electric trains,” according to Caltrain.

It’s part of Caltrain’s ongoing electrification project, which will electrify the train system from 4th and King streets in San Francisco to the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing the diesel trains with electric trains. Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022.

To further inform local residents about the ongoing construction, Caltrain will host two community meetings: one will take place tomorrow, Nov. 28, at the Downtown Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, at 6:30 p.m.

Another meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, Cypress Room, 600 Alma St. in Menlo Park, at 6:30 p.m.

“Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” the transit agency said.

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  1. Why is Caltrain being permitted to install poles for electricity. Lets do what is done in other countries. Get ALL the electricity underground. We need to also pressure PG&E to underground more and more electrical wire. At minimum, whenever they have a maintenence project that already includes diggin/opening up road/pavement surfaces. But preferable any maintenance they do should include undergrounding the lines. Also, PG&E should be pushed to share the cost of undergrounding electrical lines in smaller commercial or residential development projects that otherwise would not include undergrounding electrical lines. We need to start forcing PG&E to modernize and prevent fires to boot.

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