California Avenue (Caltrain station)
|Location||101 California Avenue
Palo Alto, California, United States
|Owned by||Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||VTA Bus Routes: 89
Dumbarton Express: DB 1, DB 3
|Fare zone||Fare Zone 3|
|Passengers (2015)||1,553 per weekday 2.67%|
California Avenue is a Caltrain station at milepost 31.7 in Palo Alto, California. It stops at the historical town center of Mayfield, which was annexed by the town of Palo Alto in 1925. The current structure was built in 1983 at the same time as the nearby Palo Alto Central condominium complex, replacing a shelter a few hundred feet to the south.
Platforms and tracks
|Northbound||■ Local service||toward San Francisco (Stanford or Palo Alto)|
|■ Limited-stop service||toward San Francisco (Palo Alto)|
|■ Baby Bullet||No stops|
|Southbound||■ Local service||toward Gilroy (San Antonio)|
|■ Limited-stop service||toward Tamien, Gilroy during peak hours (San Antonio)|
|■ Baby Bullet||No stops|
In 2008 Caltrain completed construction of a new underground passage and other improvements to the Palo Alto and California Avenue stations. A new northbound platform on the east side of the tracks was added. The improvements at the California Avenue station improved safety by replacing the at-grade pedestrian crossing with a pedestrian underpass. The center boarding platform was replaced with outside boarding platforms. A fence between the tracks helps keep passengers off the tracks. A ticket vending machine is located at the entrance to the pedestrian underpass so that people can buy or validate their tickets before going to the northbound platform. New shelters for passengers needing assistance are located at the northern end of the platforms, next to the manual wheelchair lifts. The shelters have been modified to accommodate wheelchairs.
Service and Ridership
The California Avenue station is ranked 12th in weekday riders as of 2015 based on the 2015 Caltrain Ridership Counts Publication. Ridership has been recorded at an average of 1,553 weekday riders, or 2.67% of total weekday riders for the line (this is an increase since 2011 when it was 895 weekday riders). California Ave. Station is served by few trains compared to those of similar ridership levels. Due to a main station already set in Palo Alto, Baby Bullet Express trains do not stop at California Ave.
A hold-out rule used to exist at this station, where only one train could enter at a time. The new outside-boarding platforms and pedestrian under-crossing eliminated the need for the hold-out rule.
- Caltrain. "February 2015 Caltrain Annual Passenger Counts" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-07-11.The Survey takes place in February of each year.
- Caltrain to Open New Boarding Platform at California Avenue Station (Caltrain News: November 19, 2008)
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