California Avenue (Caltrain station)

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California Avenue Station
Commuter rail
California Avenue train station, California, USA 2007.jpg
Station building
Location 101 California Avenue
Palo Alto, California, USA
Coordinates 37°25′44″N 122°08′29″W / 37.42889°N 122.14139°W / 37.42889; -122.14139Coordinates: 37°25′44″N 122°08′29″W / 37.42889°N 122.14139°W / 37.42889; -122.14139
Owned by Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
  Local service
  Limited-stop service
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections VTA Bus Routes: 89
Dumbarton Express: DB 1, DB 3
Other information
Fare zone Fare Zone 3
Rebuilt 1984
Passengers (2015) 1,553 per weekday[1]Increase 2.67%
Preceding station   Caltrain logo.svg Caltrain   Following station
Local service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
(game days only)
Limited-stop service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours

California Avenue station 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[edit]

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

2008 Improvements[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Artist rendition of renovated Ca. Ave. Caltrain Station. Underground passages will also be added.

Service and Ridership[edit]

The California Avenue station is ranked 12th in weekday riders as of 2015 based on the 2015 Caltrain Ridership Counts Publication.[1] 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.

Hold-out rule[edit]

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.


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