Caltrain’s board of directors could approve a $231 million contract on Thursday to bring a new train control system to the regional rail operator.
The system would include new fiber optic communications, a backup central control facility and a data communication subsystem. The entire train control system would help Caltrain prevent train-to train collisions, derailments, and routing over misaligned tracks, according to agency documents. It would also provide significant upgrades over the existing system.
Caltrain’s staff has recommended approving the contract with the Parsons Transportation Group, which will receive $20 million this fiscal year to carry out the design component of the system. The agency’s board of directors will vote on the contract Thursday.