San Francisco 4th and King Street Station
|Caltrain commuter rail and Muni Metro light rail station|
The north side of the station.
|Location||700 Fourth Street (Caltrain)
King Street at Fourth Street (N, S)
Fourth Street at King Street (T)
San Francisco, California
|Owned by||Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board|
|Platforms||6 island platforms (Caltrain)
2 island platforms (Muni)
|Bicycle facilities||Lockers available|
|Fare zone||Fare Zone 1|
|Passengers (2014)||12,160 per weekday 12.7% (Caltrain)|
San Francisco 4th and King Street or 4th and King station (previously called 4th & Townsend) or Caltrain Depot is the north end of the Caltrain commuter rail line to the San Francisco Peninsula and Santa Clara Valley, and is a major area transit hub. It is next to a Muni Metro light rail station connecting to downtown San Francisco and Bay Area Rapid Transit.
All 96 weekday trains and all 32 (Saturday) and 28 (Sunday) trains stop there. The station is in the Mission Bay/China Basin area, bordered on the north by Townsend Street, east by 3rd Street, west by 4th Street and south by King Street. It opened on June 21, 1975, replacing a station built in 1914 at 3rd and Townsend, one block away.
The Caltrain Downtown Extension project to the rebuilt Transbay Terminal includes the construction of an underground 4th and King station. The underground station will be next to the current station on the Townsend side. Several platforms on the current station will be retained as the terminal for non-electric trains, such as trains to Union City across Dumbarton Rail Bridge and trains to Gilroy.
- Public restrooms
- Public phones
- Ticket machines
- Validators for Caltrain 8-Ride passes
- Subway sandwich shop
- No parking is available at this station for commuters living in San Francisco
4th and King hosts a number of Muni bus lines, the E Embarcadero historic streetcar line on weekends, and Muni's T Third Street and N Judah lines run to Market St downtown. The N Judah station platform is located on the median of King Street immediately southwest of the 4th and King intersection, while The T Third Street station platform is located on the median of 4th Street immediately southeast of the intersection.
N Judah service replaced the J Church on June 30, 2007, two months after the J Church replaced the N Judah on April 7, 2007 on the Caltrain connection to downtown following the opening of the T line. Amtrak California Thruway Motorcoach service stops at the Caltrain station to take Amtrak passengers to Amtrak trains in Oakland and Emeryville. The nearest BART access is the Powell Street station, a 1 mile walk up 4th street then left on Market St. California Shuttle Bus runs to Los Angeles via Oakland and San Jose.
San Francisco Giants service
4th and King is one block from AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. Caltrain usually operates special trains to transport fans to baseball games. Special trains usually depart about fifteen minutes after the last out. One special train, leaving 15 minutes after the last out, expresses to San Carlos, then stops at every station between San Carlos and San Jose Diridon. This train is not available for daytime weekday games. Giants fans can either walk or take the Muni to the ballpark. Muni operates special trains from Caltrain to the ballpark on game days.
Platforms and tracks
|Caltrain||■ Local service||toward Gilroy (22nd Street)|
|■ Limited-stop service||toward Tamien, Gilroy during peak hours (22nd Street or San Bruno)|
|■ Baby Bullet, Peak||toward San Jose Diridon or Tamien (Millbrae)|
|■ Baby Bullet, Reverse Peak||toward San Jose Diridon (22nd Street)|
|Muni - King St||■ N Judah||toward Judah and La Playa (2nd and King)|
|■ S Castro Shuttle||toward West Portal on AT&T Park game days (2nd and King)|
|Muni Streetcar Stop||■ E Embarcadero||toward Jones and Beach, weekends (2nd and King)|
|Muni - 4th St||■ T Third Street||toward Embarcadero (2nd and King)|
|■ T Third Street||toward Sunnydale (Mission Rock)|
- San Francisco Municipal Railway Map, 2007, access date July 10, 2008
- Caltrain. "February 2014 Caltrain Annual Passenger Counts" (PDF). Retrieved July 11, 2014.
- Caltrain 2025 North Terminal Plan
- "Project Overview [Central Subway]". San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Retrieved September 26, 2015.
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- Media related to San Francisco 4th and King Street Station at Wikimedia Commons
- Caltrain San Francisco station page