San Carlos, California – The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) has announced that Advanced Rail Management Corporation (ARM) has been selected for development and operation of a long-term rail management program for Caltrain. The three-year turnkey program includes planning, execution, and economic analysis for JPB’s annual and long-term rail maintenance program.
This annual contract, which includes the main tracks of the entire JPB system, incorporates wheel/rail maintenance analysis, production rail grinding on open track and specialty track work on areas such as turnouts and road crossings.
“We have seen a real migration toward our turn-key rail management concept,” said ARM president, Gordon Bachinsky. “Long-term contracts like this allow us to show the customer significant measurable results and cost savings over time.”
Caltrain is a descendant of the San Francisco peninsula’s oldest intercity passenger rail system, which began in 1863 as the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad company. This popular commuter rail service continues to attract new commuters and travelers with major upgrades completed between 1995 and 2004. Up to 20 80mph limited stop “Baby Bullet” express trains run weekdays between major stations, taking just 57min to complete their runs between San Jose and San Francisco. Caltrain serves approximately 35,000 passengers daily, based on data from a 2006 survey.
JPB is the governing body for Caltrain, which provides commuter rail transit service between San Francisco, San Jose and Gilroy.