Electrification of Caltrain
Full system electrification (conversion of Caltrain to electric propulsion) is the most important improvement towards achieving a truly modern and convenient rail transit system.
Caltrain downtown San Francisco extension
The extension of Caltrain just over a mile from its current San Francisco terminus at Fourth and Townsend to downtown is needed to bridge a frustrating gap in the Bay Area's transit systems as well as connect the various systems in one transit hub. Because elected officials and transportation planners failed to make this extension a priority, a grassroots campaign sponsored Proposition H, the Caltrain Downtown SF Station initiative, which passed by more than a 2-to-1 margin by San Francisco voters in November 1999.
Goals of BayRail Alliance
(Not necessarily in the order of priority)
- Increase Caltrain frequency from the present commuter-level service to transit-level (BART frequency).
- Electrify Caltrain to make it faster, quieter, and more efficient.
- Extend Caltrain to downtown San Francisco to link with BART, AC Transit, Golden Gate Transit, and direct Muni service to all parts of the City.
- Ring the Bay with rail by implementing East Bay rail transit to San Jose.
- Build a network of new trains linking the Peninsula, the East Bay, Livermore, Stockton, and Sacramento by using existing rail lines and the Dumbarton rail bridge.
- Improve Caltrain stations for better accessibility, comfort, and safety.
- Build a convenient connection between Caltrain and the San Francisco Airport.
- Develop a high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
- Increase the cooperation of the many independent transit organizations in the planning and operation of a regional transit system.
- Provide improved intermodal connectivity by better connections between buses, trains, and other transit modes.