Caltrain 2.0 – Hydrogen Fuel Cell EMUs – Mike Forster – v3.2

Caltrain 2.0 – Hydrogen Fuel Cell EMUs – Mike Forster – v3.2

This study makes a compelling case:

1) for independently-powered fuel cell electric multiple unit (EMU) trainsets rather than EMUs tethered to a catenary overhead contact system (OCS);

2) that independently-powered fuel cell electric multiple unit (EMU) trainsets would save $1.8B (billion) compared to a catenary OCS from San Francisco through San Jose to Gilroy and across the Dumbarton Corridor; and

3) that someday, the hydrogen for the fuel cells could be generated trackside from seawater from the San Francisco Bay.

Mike Forster, July 23, 2017

Caltrain 2.0 – Elevated Grade Separations – Mike Forster v3.10 – April 2017

Caltrain 2.0 – Elevated Grade Separations – Mike Forster – v3.10.1

This latest version:

  •  Assumes “light freight” or no freight traffic on Caltrain tracks, which enables higher gradients and lighter viaduct structures.  In turn, this eliminates the new road undercrossings at Chestnut and Alma / Palo Alto Ave.
  • Has a max gradient of 2.41%, from Chestnut to Highway 84.
  • Assumes Broadway in Burlingame and 25th / 31st Avenues in San Mateo are handled by separate projects currently in planning and partially funded.