California High-Speed Rail Authority Recieves $16 Million Grant

The California High-Speed Rail Authority was recently awarded with a $16 million grant by the Federal Railroad Administration. The funds will support safety and schedule improvements on the San Francisco to San Jose line.

With the money, CHSRA will purchase a design of a Positive Train Control (PTC) technology system. The technology ensures safety and efficiency by enabling satellites to both monitor and control the train’s movements. Federal law has already stated that all lines that share both passenger and freight rail operations will be required to install PTC by 2015.

“This comprehensive safety technology will improve passenger service along the highly-traveled corridor between San Francisco and San Jose and will ultimately benefit the entire high-speed rail system in California,” explained Rau LaHood, Secretary of the US Department of Transportation.

“This is great news for Peninsula residents,” said Rep. Anna G. Eshoo. “This is an important first step in making Caltrain a 21st century transportation system.”

Rep. Jackie Speier agreed, stating “The decision of the FRA is the right choice for our time because scarce dollars will be used for the best purpose- increasing safety on the vital Caltrain corridor.”

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