On September 18, representatives of cities along the Caltrain corridor gathered at Caltrain HQ in San Carlos to help plan the Blended System. Marian Lee, head of Caltrain’s modernization program, presented on the program. Caltrain invited representatives of the 17 cities that will experience an electrified Caltrain. The group hold monthly meetings, that will be open to the public, to exchange ideas about Caltrain modernization. The group will have an advisory role, and will not have authority to make policy.
The formation of this group is a positive development, since earlier coordination efforts had been hampered by the challenge of coordinating multiple, overlapping groups of city officials.
Neither San Jose nor San Francisco were represented at last week’s meeting although they are invited. Representatives from San Francisco and San Jose were invited; there was staff-level representation from San Francisco. The group does not include the cities south of San Jose, where tracks are not scheduled for electrification.