Local Policy Makers to Discuss Caltrain Upgrades Thursday

The meeting, which is open to the public, will include an update on Caltrain electrification and high speed rail blended systems.

Caltrain will host its first Local Policy Makers Meeting on Thurs. Dec. 20 to discuss the Caltrain electrification project and the high speed blended rail systems project.

The meeting will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Caltrain/Samtrans Headquarters, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos.

San Carlos Councilmember Ron Collins is the San Carlos representative on the Local Policy Makers Group, and  Councilmember Mark Olbert is the alternative representative.  City of San Carlos Assistant City Manager Brian Moura is the  staff liaison for the group.

The Caltrain Modernization Program will electrify and upgrade the performance, operating efficiency, capacity, safety and reliability of Caltrain's commuter rail service. The project is scheduled to be complete by 2019.

The above program will also help prepare the corridor to eventually accommodate California’s statewide high-speed rail service, which is planned for 2029. Caltrain and high-speed rail will primarily share Caltrain’s existing tracks, operating on a blended system.

For an overview the information that will be discussed at Thursday's meeting,  the Caltrain projects, click here.


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Mike S December 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
The Local Policy Makers should ask Caltrain for a list of contracts they and Samtrans have awarded for the Caltrain Modernization program by vendor, whether that vendor is registered to do business in California and does the vendor have to supply timecards and progress reports for work billed, and who at Caltrain approved the hourly rates for those consultant. You will find most consultants are under a 4 percent profit with no markup on sub consultants whilst a few out of state consultants without a resigistration to do business in California are getting a 10% markup with no audited overhead rate, billing $300 per hour with no deliverables or oversight. Additionally they work and live in Sf and don't pay any Ca state income tax! Ask V Harrington for her approval of this scheme!


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