The BART side of the station at night.
|Location||200 North Rollins Road (BART)
100 California Drive (Caltrain)
|Platforms||2 side platforms (Caltrain)
1 side platform, 1 island platform (BART)
|Connections|| Broadway Millbrae Shuttle
Burlingame Bayside Area Shuttle
North Foster City Shuttle
SamTrans: ECR, 397
Sierra Point Caltrain Shuttle
|Parking||2900 spaces – Monthly Reserved, Daily ($2/day), Midday (free after 3 pm), Carpool ($2/day), Extended Weekend (free), Airport/Long Term ($6/day)
|Bicycle facilities||30 Lockers (BART)
Racks available (Caltrain)
|Fare zone||Caltrain Fare Zone 2|
|Opened||1907 (111 years ago) (Southern Pacific)
1987 (31 years ago) (Caltrain)
June 22, 2003 (15 years ago) (BART)
|Passengers (FY 2016)||6,788 exits/day 1.98% (BART)|
|Passengers (Feb. 2017)||3,378 per weekday 1.8% (Caltrain)|
The Millbrae Intermodal Terminal is an at-grade Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Caltrain station located in suburban Millbrae, California, in northern San Mateo County. It was expected to support over 30,000 BART trips per day, but has consistently fallen well short of projections.
Millbrae Station is the largest intermodal terminal in the United States west of the Mississippi (the under-construction Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco will be larger when completed). It has three ground-level tracks for BART and two for Caltrain. An island platform allows a cross-platform connection between the two systems (for traveling to San Francisco or the San Francisco International Airport). A concourse mezzanine is above the platforms. Currently two BART tracks and one island platform usually are kept out of regular service, used instead to hold train sets that are also out of service.
The station is also a regional bus transit hub with multiple bus bays served by several SamTrans lines.
Art and amenities
Millbrae Station has about 2,900 parking spaces, including a five-story parking garage and surrounding surface parking. Except for the marked Reserved Parking areas, most parking is currently $3/day between 4 am and 3 pm on weekdays for up to 24 hours at a time. All parking (including the weekday reserved) is free without time restrictions on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays that fall on Friday or Monday. The Reserved Parking areas cost $2/day from 10 am to 3 pm on weekdays. Like other BART stations with paid parking, BART patrons can validate parking and purchase parking inside the BART paid area of the station; since Caltrain patrons use the same parking spaces, there are additional parking payment machines outside of the BART paid area of the station.
The BART platform at Millbrae has six sculptures by Emeryville artist Scott Donahue, each partially embedded in concrete blocks. Each figure is meant to represent a different era in community history. Forty-two terrazzo benches installed at Millbrae were created by Davis artist Donna Billick.
|Source: Avg Weekday Exits by Station|
The station is the terminal station for BART on the San Francisco Peninsula, with primary service by the BART Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line (i.e. on weekdays before 7:00 pm); on nights and weekends, the station is served instead by the BART Antioch–SFO/Millbrae line. Currently there is no direct train service to SFO airport from Millbrae station on weekdays during peak hours; instead, a timed transfer to an airport-bound BART train is provided north of Millbrae, at the San Bruno station, during the day on weekdays.
The station has daily Caltrain commuter rail service along the north/south line between San Jose and San Francisco. Midday trains are hourly each way; service is more frequent during commute hours and for special events (such as San Francisco Giants home games) and is less frequent at night. Service south of San Jose to Gilroy is limited to three weekday commute-hour round trips.
California High Speed Rail (planned)
In 2015, construction began on the high-speed rail system. If completed as planned, Millbrae would serve as one of one or two stations between San Francisco and San Jose, and would allow high-speed rail passengers to reach SFO via BART. $290 million has been allocated to lengthen the platforms for connection to High Speed Rail, and the purchase of additional BART cars.
The 1907 Southern Pacific Depot of the Southern Pacific Railroad in Millbrae, a two-story colonnade-style depot, was on the southeast side of Millbrae Avenue, just northwest of where it is now; the building now houses the Millbrae Train Museum that opened in 2004. Before the Millbrae Intermodal Terminal was built for the BART San Mateo Extension terminus Millbrae had a free Caltrain shuttle bus between the station and San Francisco International Airport. (The trip is now only available via taxicab or BART, costing $4.25 via the latter as of July 2014.)
The former Southern Pacific Depot has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since September 1, 1978. In 1985 Caltrain service began at the original Millbrae depot, replacing Southern Pacific trains that had operated along the San Francisco Peninsula since the early 20th century (see Peninsula Commute). Caltrain moved to the new facility in spring 2003, and BART joined Caltrain at the new station on June 22, 2003 as part of the BART San Mateo County Extension project that extended BART service south from Colma to Millbrae and San Francisco International Airport.
Two SamTrans bus lines stop at and near the station, including:
- ECR – a daily, frequent local service along the El Camino Real corridor to Daly City BART (northbound) and Palo Alto Caltrain (southbound). It stops at El Camino Real & Linden/Victoria, a short walk to the station.
- 397 – daily owl service to the Temporary Transbay Terminal (San Francisco, northbound) and Palo Alto Caltrain (southbound) via Mission Street, Van Ness Muni Metro Station (at Market & 11th Streets), Potrero Blvd, Bayshore Blvd, San Francisco International Airport, the El Camino Real Corridor (between Millbrae and Redwood City Caltrain), Middlefield Road, East Palo Alto, and Downtown Palo Alto.
The station is also served by several shuttle routes, including the Burlingame Shuttle, a local shuttle service serving attractions around Burlingame, and one serving Genentech's South San Francisco campus.
Platforms and tracks
|M||Mezzanine||One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent|
|BART Platforms||Platform 1||No regular service|
|Island platform, not in service|
|Platform 2||No regular service|
|Platform 3 (Northbound)||← Antioch–SFO/Millbrae toward Pittsburg/Bay Point, weeknights and weekends (San Francisco International Airport)
← Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae toward Richmond, weekdays (San Bruno)
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Caltrain Platforms||Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Platform 4 (Northbound)||←
toward Local serviceSan Francisco (San Bruno)
toward Limited-stop serviceSan Francisco (San Bruno or South San Francisco)
← San Francisco (Terminus)
← San Francisco(22nd Street)
|Platform 5 (Southbound)||
toward Local serviceGilroy (Broadway or Burlingame) →
toward Limited-stop serviceGilroy, peak hours (Burlingame or Hillsdale), toward Tamien, non-peak hours (Burlingame or Hillsdale) →
San Jose Diridon (Hillsdale or San Mateo) → San Jose Diridon (Hillsdale or Redwood City) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
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