State legislators on Wednesday proposed a one-eighth-cent sales tax increase to help fund Caltrain. (Ryan McNulty/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Caltrain begins 3-month construction project in anticipation of system electrification

Work will begin this week on the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP), a system-improvement plan that aims to improve overall performance and set the stage for long-term environmental improvements.

In this first round of work (which should be wrapped up by the end of February) utilities will be located, soil tested, and cables tested. While this occurs there may be some single-tracking during non-peak commuting hours, and Caltrain passengers should be aware of signs at the stations that let them know to board on a different platform. Once this round of work is done, the project team will start construction-related activities in spring or summer of 2017.

SEE RELATED: President Obama asks Congress for $125m for Caltrain electrification

The long-term goals of the PCEP are to electrify the Caltrain Corridor from San Francisco’s 4th and King Caltrain Station to the Tamien Caltrain Station, and convert diesel trains to electric trains. This would reduce noise, improve regional air quality and reducing diesel emissions by up to 97 percent.

The PCEP is scheduled to be operational by the winter of 2020.

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