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Eshoo $16 million grant to CalTrain a waste of public funds.

Original post made by morris brown, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Jun 30, 2011

Eshoo $16 million grant to CalTrain a waste of public funds.

Much has been written lately about the FRA grant, obtained by Rep Eshoo, of $16 million, going to CalTrain, and that this grant is going to help CalTrain solve its financial problems.

This grant is specifically to be used to fund development of the CBOSS, PTC signaling system. CBOSS has been a pet project of CalTrain for some time. It is now estimated to cost $251 million to implement.

CalTrain is insisting upon developing its own PTC system, when “off the shelf solutions”, costing one-fifth to one-tenth the cost of this new system are readily available.

Furthermore, the High Sped Rail Authority has no intention of using this system, if HSR eventually uses the CalTrain corridor, and this CBOSS system will not be compatible with the PTC system that the Authority eventually chooses to use for its system.

Morris Brown
Stone Pine Lane
Menlo Park

Documentation for the statements made here:

1. see The Truth about CBOSS... Web Link

from Authority's website:

Exhibit F: The California High-Speed Rail Authority's extensive collection of technical memos includes Technical Memo 3.3.1, released 25 June 2010, detailing the concept of the system that will be used to control trains on the high-speed rail network. Section 1.2.4, Automatic Train Control Specification Requirements, states "The prime requirement for the CHSTP ATC system is that the technology must already exist as part of an operating system with proven experience worldwide on at least one high speed passenger railway." CBOSS clearly does not fall into this category, which means CHSRA will necessarily use another train control system than CBOSS on its own tracks.

Press release of CalTrain:

Web Link

Press release of Authority:

Web Link

SACRAMENTO The California High-Speed Rail Authority has signed a grant agreement with the Federal Railroad Administration to obligate $16 million to fund the design of signaling technology to optimize safety on the Bay Area segment, benefitting the Caltrain system and improving train control and safety on the corridor during high-speed rail construction. Caltrain is the regional commuter system connecting San Francisco to San Jose the same 52-mile rail corridor in which the states high-speed train will operate.

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Posted by is it too late?
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm

wow. sounds like a pretty stupid decision. is there any way to undo it, or is it too late?

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