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 mid-weekday ridership is 65,095 as of February 2018.[1][2]

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.[3][4] In 1870 the railroad was acquired by Southern Pacific.[3] Southern Pacific double tracked the line in 1904. In 1958 the railroad had record ridership, 7.5 million passengers.[5] The popularity of the railroad began to decline and in 1977 Southern Pacific petitioned to the state government to discontinue Peninsula Commute.[3][4] 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.[3] Under the agreement, the system was renamed Caltrain and operation responsibilities were shared by Caltrans, Southern Pacific and the three counties.[3] The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board was formed in 1987, and it bought the right of way of Caltrain from Southern Pacific in late 1991 for $220 million.[3][4][5] 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.[6] Amtrak's contract with PCJPB was renewed in 2001.[3]

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.[7] 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.[6] 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.[8]


^ Timed-transfer stations[9]
Transfer to other system Transfer stations with other rail systems
* Baby Bullet stops[9]
*^ Baby Bullet stops/Timed-transfer stations[9]
*Transfer to other system Baby Bullet stops/Transfer stations with other rail systems[9]
dagger Terminals
*daggerTransfer to other system Baby Bullet stops/Transfer stations with other rail systems/Terminals[9]
Station Stations with limited services[7]
Mile[b] Station Baby Bullet[c] Fare
Abb.[g] Location Weekday Ridership[e] Services Image
Peak Reverse
0.2 San Francisco*daggerTransfer to other system
(BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg)
1 SFK San Francisco 15,427 regular service View of the rail approach and branching at the northern terminal station, San Francisco 4th and King station
1.9 22nd Street* TWE San Francisco 1,977 regular service 22nd Street station, facing south
5.2 Bayshore BAY San Francisco /
247 regular service Bayshore station, facing south
9.3 South San Francisco[f] SSF South San Francisco 468 regular service South San Francisco station, facing south
11.6 San Bruno SBR San Bruno 695 regular service San Bruno station platform, facing north
13.7 Millbrae*Transfer to other system
(Bay Area Rapid Transit)
2 MIL Millbrae 3,340 regular service Southbound train platform at Millbrae station
15.2 Broadway[f] BWY Burlingame 114 (Sat & Sun) weekends Broadway station, facing north
16.3 Burlingame BUR Burlingame 1,104 regular service

Burlingame station circa 1900

17.9 San Mateo* SMT San Mateo 2,291 regular service San Mateo station building
19.1 Hayward Park HPK San Mateo 583 regular service Hayward Park station, facing south
20.3 Hillsdale* HIL San Mateo 3,229 regular service Hillsdale station building
21.9 Belmont BEL Belmont 780 regular service Belmont station island platform
23.2 San Carlos^ SCS San Carlos 1,331 regular service San Carlos station building
25.4 Redwood City*^ RWC Redwood City 4,212 regular service

Redwood City station

27.8 Atherton[f] 3 ATH Atherton 114 (Sat & Sun) weekends Atherton station shelter
28.9 Menlo Park*^ MPK Menlo Park 1,728 regular service Menlo Park station building
30.1 Palo Alto* PAL Palo Alto 7,764 regular service Palo Alto station building
30.8 Stanford STF Palo Alto  — Stanford football games Stanford station
31.8 California Avenue CAL Palo Alto 1,693 regular service Street side of California Avenue station
34.1 San Antonio SAT Mountain View 943 regular service Shelter at San Antonio station
36.1 Mountain View*Transfer to other system
(Santa Clara VTA)
MVW Mountain View 4,810 regular service Mountain View station building
38.8 Sunnyvale* SUN Sunnyvale 3,364 regular service Sunnyvale station, facing south
40.8 Caltrain Lawrence 4 LAW Sunnyvale 949 regular service Lawrence station
44.7 UPRR Santa Clara Transfer to other system
(Altamont Corridor Express Amtrak)
SCL Santa Clara 1,097 regular service Santa Clara station building
46.3 College Park[f] CPK San Jose 108 Bellarmine commute times College Park station
47.5 San Jose Diridon*daggerTransfer to other system
(Altamont Corridor Express Amtrak Santa Clara VTA)
SJD San Jose 4,876 regular service San Jose Diridon station
49.1 Tamien*daggerTransfer to other system (Santa Clara VTA) TAM San Jose 1,286 regular service Tamien station
52.4 Capitol 5 CAP San Jose 78 weekday commute times Capitol station sign
55.7 Blossom Hill BHL San Jose 146 weekday commute times Blossom Hill station
67.5 Morgan Hill 6 MHL Morgan Hill 237 weekday commute times Morgan Hill station
71.2 San Martin SMR San Martin 87 weekday commute times San Martin station
77.4 Gilroydagger GIL Gilroy 252 weekday commute times Gilroy station building

Closed stations[edit]

Mile[b] Station Fare
Location Notes
4.1 Paul Avenue 1 San Francisco Closed in 2005 due to low ridership[10]
8.6 Butler Road 1 South San Francisco Closed in 1983
20.0 Bay Meadows 2 San Mateo Consolidated with Hillsdale Station in 2005[11]
34.9 Castro 3 Mountain View Replaced by San Antonio Station in 2000[12]


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.[13]
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.[14]
e Ridership counts the average number of mid-weekday boardings at the listed station in January & February 2018.[1][2]
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.
g Three-letter station abbreviation.[15]


  • "Caltrain Stations". Caltrain.
  1. ^ a b "Caltrain 2018 Annual Passenger Count: Key Findings" (PDF). Caltrain. February 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Prior to 2018, Caltrain counted "average weekday ridership" by counting riders on all weekday (Monday through Friday) trains for one week and computing the average as the sum of all riders over one week divided by five. In 2018, Caltrain shifted to counting "average mid-weekday ridership" by counting riders on trains on two of the three mid-weekday days (Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday) for two weeks and computing the average as the sum of all riders on the four mid-week days divided by four. An examination of mid-weekday ridership data from 2013 through 2017 showed ridership on these three mid-weekday days is approximately equal. Since Monday (-1% compared to mid-weekday ridership) and Friday (-9%) trains tend to have lower ridership than mid-weekday trains, the pre-2018 "average weekday ridership" results in a count approximately 2% less than the 2018+ "average mid-weekday ridership" methodology. Details from 2018 Ridership Report
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b c "History, Caltrain Milestones". Caltrain. Retrieved November 22, 2008.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b Van Hattem, Matt (July 5, 2006). "Caltrain". Trains Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Caltrain System Map". Caltrain. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "Caltrain Facilities and Statistics". Caltrain. Archived from the original on June 15, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2008.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Caltrain Weekday Timetable". Caltrain. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  10. ^ Murphy, Dave (August 1, 2005). "Baby Bullet service expands". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved November 5, 2008.
  11. ^ "Key Findings-February 2010 Caltrain Annual Passenger Counts" (PDF). Caltrain. p. 1. Retrieved November 5, 2008.
  12. ^ Pence, Angelica (December 3, 1999). "Little-Used Mountain View Station Closing". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved November 5, 2008.
  13. ^ Somers, Janets (February 4, 2005). "All aboard for train buffs". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved November 22, 2008.
  14. ^ "Fare Chart". Caltrain. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  15. ^ List of Caltrain stations on Twitter