State, Local Leaders Celebrate Groundbreaking of Long-Awaited Caltrain Electrification Project

July 21, 2017

KRON-TV, Channel 4
By Philippe Djegal

MILLBRAE — California and local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the long-awaited Caltrain electrification project on Friday in Millbrae.

Caltrain says the project is expected to provide substantial economic and environmental improvements to the popular train line. Electrifying the Caltrain system from San Francisco to San Jose, since 1999, has been a lofty goal for the train service.

Now, with shovels now in the ground, that is becoming a reality.

"It’s about the future, it’s about clean air, it’s about efficiency, speed, and it’s about not sitting in the freeway for a couple of hours, bumper to bumper,” Gov. Jerry Brown said.

Earlier this year, the Federal Transit Administration approved a $647 million grant for the project.