More arguments for electrification from other jurisdictions… Caltrain, the agency that runs commuter rail service on the San Francisco Peninsula, plans to convert diesel service to electric by 2019, and has just released an environmental assessment.
According to Caltrain’s FAQ:
Why electrify Caltrain?
Electrification will modernize Caltrain and make it possible to increase service levels while offering several advantages in comparison with existing diesel power use, including:
Improved Train Performance, Increased Ridership Capacity and Increased Service:
Electrified trains can accelerate and decelerate more quickly than diesel-powered trains, allowing Caltrain to run more efficiently. In addition, because of their performance advantages, electrified trains will enable more frequent and/or faster train service to more riders.
Increase Revenue and Reduce Cost:
Service improvements achieved through electrification will increase ridership and fare revenues and decrease fuel costs. These efforts will substantially reduce the financial subsidy required to operate the system.