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Caltrain Completes Major Renovations At Two South Bay Stations

SAN JOSE (KCBS) - Caltrain's ongoing efforts to modernize its system took another step forward on Wednesday with the completion of major renovations at two South Bay stations.

The renovations will make it easier and safer for riders using the Santa Clara and San Jose Diridon stations.

"Currently (at the Santa Clara Station), passengers need to walk over the tracks, which means that you can't have two trains coning in at the same time," said Caltrain Board Vice Chair Ken Yeager. "So we've constructed a tunnel so you can walk under the tracks to get to the train. At Diridon, we've added two new platforms, which means four new tracks. That will allow all the trains that come in to Diridon to move more quickly and safely."

KCBS' Mike Colgan Reports:

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said that these improvements are just the beginning.

"Ultimately, all of the rail lines in the Bay Area are going to connect to the Diridon Station," said Reed. "We're optimistic that we'll have a BART station here as well as a high-speed rail station. This is just the beginning of that, to improve for people up and down the corridor."

Caltrain hopes the renovations will help expand service for riders in the present and the future.

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