Affordable Housing partnership helps fund electric trains

Caltrain partnered with five affordable housing projects in three counties as part of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant program (AHSC, pronounced to rhyme with basic).  The program provides grant funding for affordable housing developments in partnership with transit agencies for programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide benefits to disadvantaged communities.

The grant will provide $27 million toward Caltrain’s purchase of 37 new electric train cars that will fully electrify the fleet. This brings Caltrain closer to the $39 million in local matching funds needed for the electric trains.

The five projects in three counties include: Sunnydale HOPE SF Block 3A in San Francisco, Middlefield Junction in Redwood City, 965 Weeks in East Palo Alto (see image) and both Dupont Apartments and Tamien Station in San Jose. All together, the projects will provide 671 below market rate homes

Hopefully by the time that the projects are built, the region will have fully rolled out the all-agency transit pass for affordable housing developments and other organizations. The San Francisco, Redwood City, and East Palo Alto developments are 1.5 to 3 miles from Caltrain, requiring a bus connection (or a bike ride) to get to Caltrain. A pilot program providing all-agency transit passes for organizations, starting with affordable housing developments and public colleges is expected to get started in the summer of 2022.