Gilroy station in July 2018
|Location||7150 Monterey Street|
|Owned by||Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board|
|Line(s)||UP Coast Subdivision|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Connections|| LTA: Caltrain Shuttle|
MST: 55, 86
VTA: 68, 84, 85, 86, 121, 168, 185
|Bicycle facilities||10 lockers|
|Fare zone||Fare zone 6|
July 1, 1992
|Closed||April 30, 1971|
|Passengers (2018)||252 (weekdays) 22.7%|
Gilroy is a Caltrain station located in Gilroy, California. It is the southernmost terminus of the Caltrain system, and is only served during commute hours on weekdays. The station building was constructed by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1913 and restored in 1998. Future plans call for extended Amtrak Capitol Corridor service to also stop at Gilroy.
The first Gilroy station, similar to the depot still extant at Santa Clara, opened in 1869. A water tower, turntable, and three-stall engine house were built in 1992. The original station was replaced with a two story Italian Renaissance structure—framed with local redwood and covered in cement plaster—in 1917 by the Southern Pacific Railroad. Service reductions began in 1929; the engine house was closed in 1934, though the turntable remained in use through the 1950s. The final service to the station was the Del Monte, which ran until April 30, 1971. Amtrak intercity service, including the Coast Starlight, passed through the station without stopping.
On July 1, 1992, two daily Caltrain round trips were extended from San Jose Diridon station to Gilroy. This was increased to four daily round trips with the opening of a layover yard adjacent to the station in February 1994. In 1998, the city restored the station building as the centerpiece of the $2.8 million Gilroy Transit Center, which also included parking lots and a bus plaza. One waiting room was reopened for use by Greyhound. In July 2005, Caltrain reduced service to three daily round trips.
Even before 1992, Caltrain operated a special limited-stop train from San Francisco to Gilroy on the weekend of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, with shuttle buses between the station and the festival. This service ended in 2002 when Caltrain temporarily suspended all weekend train service for the CTX project, and was not resumed when weekend service was restored in 2004. The Golden Gate Railroad Museum chartered weekend trains to Gilroy during the festival for a few years, but those charters were later discontinued. The "Garlic Train" resumed service beginning with the 2013 Garlic Festival.
The Road Repair and Accountability Act provided funding for an extension of Caltrain service to Salinas station, followed by Amtrak Capitol Corridor service later. The dead-end platform track at Gilroy station will be extended south to reconnect with the mainline.
The planned California High Speed Rail system will have a station in Gilroy. Two sites are under consideration: the existing Gilroy station, and a currently undeveloped area northeast of the city center (east of Gilroy Premium Outlets).
Gilroy station is a hub for local and intercity bus service:
- Monterey–Salinas Transit: 55, 86
- San Benito County Transit: Caltrain Shuttle
- Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority: 68, 84, 85, 86, 121, 168, 185
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- "Gilroy Station Track Project" (PDF). Transportation Agency for Monterey County. October 2016.
- "California High-Speed Rail Authority Awards Station-Area Planning Funds to the City of Gilroy" (PDF) (Press release). California High-Speed Rail Authority. July 23, 2014.
- "VTA South County". Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. January 1, 2018.
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