Central Valley to have hydrogen-powered trains by 2027

Hydrogen-powered trains are part of California’s climate goals.

A new Central Valley railroad project will soon have hydrogen-powered passenger trains running on them. 

Caltrans announced this week that the state has agreed to a $127 million deal with Stadler Rail, Inc. for six zero-emission, hydrogen-powered passenger trains. 


The big picture: The first trains will operate between Merced and Sacramento on the future Valley Rail service. 

  • The Valley Rail project is an expansion of the existing Altamont Corridor Express and Amtrak San Joaquins services that will eventually connect to high-speed rail. 
  • The trains will also be demonstrated on corridors throughout the state. 
  • The purchase is funded through Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $10 billion zero-emission vehicle package. 

What they’re saying: “California continues to lead the way to a cleaner, more connected transportation system,” said California Transportation Secretary Toks Omishakin. “By expanding our fleet of hydrogen-powered passenger trainsets, we are showing we are serious about deploying innovative and sustainable transportation options for the people of this state.”

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