Title

CALTRAIN RAPID RAIL PLAN

Authors

Andrew B. Nash

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1999

Subject Area

land use - planning, mode - rail

Keywords

Upgrading, Updating, Strategies, Strategic planning, Rehabilitation (Maintenance), Recommendations, Rapid transit, Railroad commuter service, Prioritization, Priorities, Objectives, Modernization, Long range planning, Heavy rail transit, Goals, Financial planning, Expansion projects, Commuter rail, Caltrain (Commuter rail line)

Abstract

The results of Caltrain's Rapid Rail Study are described. The purpose of the study was to develop a long-range strategic capital investment plan for the commuter railroad. The plan addressed rehabilitation, upgrades, and expansion projects. The study consisted of seven major steps: developing a future service strategy, an evaluation of existing conditions, identification of rehabilitation and upgrade projects, analysis of expansion projects, project prioritization, development of a financial plan, and development of recommendations. The study is interesting in that it combines basic rehabilitation and long-term planning to improve the efficiency of the planning and construction process. This, in turn, will help Caltrain maintain and improve service for customers with minimum disruption.