Broadway station (Caltrain)

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Southbound train at Broadway station, August 2018.JPG
A southbound train at Broadway station in 2018
Location1190 California Drive
Burlingame, California
Coordinates37°35′14″N 122°21′43″W / 37.58722°N 122.36194°W / 37.58722; -122.36194Coordinates: 37°35′14″N 122°21′43″W / 37.58722°N 122.36194°W / 37.58722; -122.36194
Owned byPeninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Line(s)Peninsula Subdivision[1]
Platforms1 side platform, 1 island platform
ConnectionsSamTrans: 292
Broadway/Burlingame Shuttle
Burlingame Trolley
Bicycle facilitiesLockers available
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusServed on weekends only
Fare zoneFare Zone 2
Passengers (2018)78/36 (Sat/Sun)[2]
Preceding station Caltrain roundel.svg Caltrain Following station
Millbrae Local
(weekends and holidays only)
toward Tamien

Broadway is a Caltrain station in Burlingame, California. Caltrain only serves the stop on weekends and holidays; weekday service is provided by a bus shuttle to Millbrae.


The former station building in 2018

A station in north Burlingame was opened around 1911, and renamed to Buri Buri in 1917, then Broadway in 1926.[3] A lightly-used station at nearby Easton (which existed as a separate town from 1906 to 1910) was in service until at least 1925.[3] The former Southern Pacific Railroad depot building at Broadway is extant and used as a restaurant.[3]

Like most stations on the corridor, the Southern Pacific built Broadway with a side platform on the west track for southbound trains, and a narrow island platform between the tracks for northbound trains. Because of the narrow center platform for northbound passengers, a hold-out rule is in effect at the station: if a train is stopped for passengers, an approaching train in the opposite direction on the other track must wait outside the station. The resulting delays were the main reason that Broadway became a weekend-only station on August 1, 2005, shortly after the Caltrain Express project was completed.[4] A free shuttle to Millbrae station was implemented in lieu of weekday service.[5]

Future plans[edit]

After the electrification of Caltrain is completed, daily service is planned to be reinstated at Broadway.[6]

The nearby level grade crossing at Broadway Avenue is planned to be grade-separated, with construction projected to start as early as 2025 if funding can be identified. The at-grade crossing has been identified as the second-most necessary grade separation among 10,000 at-grade crossings in California because it handles 70,000 vehicles per day, and city officials state it is the site of the worst traffic congestion in Burlingame. Grade separation is projected to cost $250 million.[7] Plans for a grade separation started in 1965 when the Peninsula Commute was being operated by the Southern Pacific Railroad, but were stymied by the complex geometry of Broadway, which intersects with roads immediately east (Carolan) and west (California) of the level crossing, and (further east) passes over U.S. 101 at an interchange rebuilt in 2017, and the heavy rail traffic, projected at more than 114 trains per day by 2020. Traffic through the actual grade crossing was estimated at 27,000 vehicles per day in 2015.[8]:1–2 There are an average of two accidents and 105 traffic citations issued each year resulting from traffic stopped on the tracks.[9]

Seven alternatives (including a no-build option preserving the current layout) were studied in the Broadway Grade Separation Project Study Report, which recommended Alternative A, a combination of partially elevating the rail line for 7,300 feet (2,200 m) and partially depressing the roadway for a length of 730 feet (220 m), resulting in acceptable grades of up to 4.8 percent for road traffic and 0.75 percent for rail traffic.[8]:12–14 Under Alternative A, shoofly tracks would first be constructed east of the existing line and west of Carolan, then rail traffic would be diverted while the existing line was elevated. After the new rail bridge and embankments were completed, rail traffic would shift back to the newly elevated original alignment and Broadway would be temporarily closed while being reconstructed at a depressed alignment.[8]:15–16 Alternatives with the rail line lowered were considered, but they were rejected because of the high cost of drainage due to three nearby creeks.[8]:21 Broadway station would be rebuilt with an island platform to remove the existing hold-out rule. A preliminary design for the grade separation and station rebuild is anticipated for Spring 2019.[9]


  1. ^ SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail NETWORK SCHEMATICS" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 13.
  2. ^ "2018 Annual Count Key Findings Report" (PDF). Caltrain. 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Duncan, Mark (October 4, 2005). "The San Francisco Peninsula Railroad Passenger Service: Past, Present, and Future" (PDF). p. 62. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Caltrain "Reinvention Adds 10 Trains, Faster Trips" (Press release). Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board. 22 July 2005. Archived from the original on 18 March 2006. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Broadway Millbrae Shuttle". Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  6. ^ Wood, Barbara (26 July 2017). "Atherton: Caltrain will soon cut trees to install electric wires". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  7. ^ Walsh, Austin (25 September 2017). "Inching ahead". San Mateo Daily Journal. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d DeStefano, Peter (January 2017). Broadway Grade Separation Project Study Report (PDF) (Report). City of Burlingame. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Burlingame Broadway Grade Separation Community Meeting" (PDF). Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.

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