List of Caltrain stations

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Caltrain is a commuter rail transit system that serves the San Francisco Peninsula and the Santa Clara Valley in the U.S. state of California. It is operated under contract by TransitAmerica Services and funded jointly by the City and County of San Francisco, San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) through the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB). The system's average weekday ridership is 47,060 as of February 2013.[1]

The original railroad between San Francisco and San Jose (known as the Peninsula Commute) was built by the San Francisco and San Jose Rail Road in 1863.[2][3] In 1870 the railroad was acquired by Southern Pacific.[2] Southern Pacific double tracked the line in 1904. In 1958 the railroad had record ridership, 7.5 million passengers.[4] The popularity of the railroad began to decline and in 1977 Southern Pacific petitioned to the state government to discontinue Peninsula Commute.[2][3] After months of negotiation, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reached an agreement with the three counties of which the Peninsula Commute ran through to continue rail operation.[2] Under the agreement, the system was renamed Caltrain and operation responsibilities were shared by Caltrans, Southern Pacific and the three counties.[2] The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board was formed in 1987, and it brought the right of way of Caltrain from Southern Pacific in late 1991 for $220 million.[2][3][4] The PCJPB formally took over the operation of Caltrain in 1992 and contracted Amtrak to operate the system. In the same year, Caltrain extended to Gilroy.[5] Amtrak's contract with PCJPB was renewed in 2001.[2]

The system has 32 stations, 29 served daily and two weekend-only. San Francisco 4th and King Street is the northern terminus of the system, while Gilroy is the southern terminus. Atherton and Broadway are served only on weekends, and Stanford is served only on Stanford University's football game days.[6] College Park is served only on weekdays during Bellarmine College Preparatory's school commute time. Tamien is served by train on weekdays and by shuttle bus on weekends. The five southernmost stations—Capitol, Blossom Hill, Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy—are served only on weekdays during commute time. Twelve stations are served by the express train service known as Baby Bullet, inaugurated in 2004.[5] Seven stations (Millbrae,[a] Burlingame, San Carlos, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and San Jose Diridon) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]


Southbound train at Millbrae station
Burlingame station circa 1900
Redwood City station
Menlo Park station looking southeast
Street side of California Avenue station
San Jose Diridon station
^ Timed-transfer stations[8]
Transfer to other system Transfer stations with other rail systems
* Baby Bullet stops[8]
*^ Baby Bullet stops/Timed-transfer stations[8]
*Transfer to other system Baby Bullet stops/Transfer stations with other rail systems[8]
dagger Terminals
*daggerTransfer to other system Baby Bullet stops/Transfer stations with other rail systems/Terminals[8]
Station Stations with limited services[6]
Mile[b] Station Baby Bullet[c] Fare
Location Ridership[e] Services
Peak Reverse
0.2 San Francisco*daggerTransfer to other system (BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg) 1 San Francisco 10,734 regular service
1.9 22nd Street* 1 San Francisco 1,293 regular service
5.2 Bayshore 1 San Francisco /
185 regular service
9.3 South San Francisco[f] 1 South San Francisco 385 regular service
11.6 San Bruno 1 San Bruno 465 regular service
13.7 Millbrae*Transfer to other system (Bay Area Rapid Transit) 2 Millbrae 3,264 regular service
15.2 Broadway[f] 2 Burlingame  — weekends
16.3 Burlingame 2 Burlingame 768 regular service
17.9 San Mateo* 2 San Mateo 1,569 regular service
19.1 Hayward Park 2 San Mateo 336 regular service
20.3 Hillsdale* 2 San Mateo 2,239 regular service
21.9 Belmont 2 Belmont 507 regular service
23.2 San Carlos^ 2 San Carlos 1,202 regular service
25.4 Redwood City*^ 2 Redwood City 2,556 regular service
27.8 Atherton[f] 3 Atherton  — weekends
28.9 Menlo Park*^ 3 Menlo Park 1,615 regular service
30.1 Palo Alto* 3 Palo Alto 5,757 regular service
30.8 Stanford 3 Palo Alto  — Stanford football games
31.8 California Avenue 3 Palo Alto 1,227 regular service
34.1 San Antonio 3 Mountain View 610 regular service
36.1 Mountain View*Transfer to other system (Santa Clara VTA) 3 Mountain View 3,792 regular service
38.8 Sunnyvale* 3 Sunnyvale 2,271 regular service
40.8 Lawrence 4 Sunnyvale 676 regular service
44.7 Santa Clara Transfer to other system (Altamont Corridor Express Amtrak) 4 Santa Clara 763 regular service
46.3 College Park[f] 4 San Jose 149 Bellarmine commute times
47.5 San Jose Diridon*daggerTransfer to other system (Altamont Corridor Express Amtrak Santa Clara VTA) 4 San Jose 3,557 regular service
49.1 Tamien*daggerTransfer to other system (Santa Clara VTA) 4 San Jose 759 regular service
52.4 Capitol 5 San Jose 34 weekday commute times
55.7 Blossom Hill 5 San Jose 61 weekday commute times
67.5 Morgan Hill 6 Morgan Hill 123 weekday commute times
71.2 San Martin 6 San Martin 40 weekday commute times
77.4 Gilroydagger 6 Gilroy 126 weekday commute times

Closed stations[edit]

Mile[b] Station Fare
Location Notes
4.1 Paul Avenue 1 San Francisco Closed in 2005 due to low ridership[9]
20.0 Bay Meadows 2 San Mateo Consolidated with Hillsdale Station in 2005[10]
34.9 Castro 3 Mountain View Replaced by San Antonio Station in 2000[11]


a Millbrae station's original depot and platforms were closed in 2003 when Caltrain relocated to the new Millbrae Intermodal Terminal just to the north. The depot now houses the Millbrae Train Museum.[12]
b Station mileposts are based on track distance from the former 3rd and Townsend Southern Pacific Depot 0.2 miles northeast of the current San Francisco station. Actual station distances south of Lawrence station no longer match the given mileposts (e.g. current track distance from San Francisco to the San Jose station is 46.8 miles).
c Peak trains travel north toward San Francisco in the morning and south toward San Jose/Tamien in the afternoon. Reverse peak trains travel south toward San Jose in the morning and north toward San Francisco in the afternoon. A, B indicate Baby Bullet train stop patterns. Trains of each stop pattern runs on an hourly frequency during peak commute hours.
d Caltrain charges zone-based fares. Fares are based on the number of 13-mile zones the passenger travels in.[13]
e Station ridership is measured by average weekday exits in February 2013.[1]
f At this station, Caltrain applies a "hold-out rule": a train cannot enter the station when a train on the other track is stopped at the station for passengers.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Caltrain — San Francisco to Gilroy". Caltrain. Archived from the original on January 2, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "History, Caltrain Milestones". Caltrain. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Pimentel, Benjamin (June 30, 1997). "A New Look for Caltrain — Critics want better service instead of cosmetic changes". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Van Hattem, Matt (July 5, 2006). "Caltrain". Trains Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Caltrain System Map". Caltrain. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Caltrain Facilities and Statistics". Caltrain. Archived from the original on June 15, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Caltrain Weekday Timetable". Caltrain. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ Murphy, Dave (August 1, 2005). "Baby Bullet service expands". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved November 5, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Key Findings-February 2010 Caltrain Annual Passenger Counts" (PDF). Caltrain. p. 1. Retrieved November 5, 2008. 
  11. ^ Pence, Angelica (December 3, 1999). "Little-Used Mountain View Station Closing". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved November 5, 2008. 
  12. ^ Somers, Janets (February 4, 2005). "All aboard for train buffs". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Fare Chart". Caltrain. Retrieved February 11, 2013.