Caltrain

An artist’s rendering of a new electric Caltrain.

Caltrain is set to increase its coming electric fleet of 16 six-car sets to 19 seven-car sets after the Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase with funding from the California State Transportation Agency’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, according to the transit agency.

Caltrain’s contract option with Stadler, the company building the electric cars, allows for additional Electric Multiple Units to be purchased at the original price totaling $174.6 million, provided the purchase is made by the end of 2018. The interior configuration of the trains will be informed by a public process in 2019. That discussion will include an assessment of design alternatives to address bike security concerns and an exploration of policy considerations related to onboard and wayside bicycle storage, and how to balance the needs of bicyclists against the need for capacity improvements for all riders, according to Caltrain.

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