San Francisco 4th and King Street station

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San Francisco
4th and King station from I-280 ramp (3), December 2019.JPG
4th and King Street station seen from an I-280 off-ramp in 2019
Location700 Fourth Street at King Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°46′35″N 122°23′40″W / 37.77639°N 122.39444°W / 37.77639; -122.39444Coordinates: 37°46′35″N 122°23′40″W / 37.77639°N 122.39444°W / 37.77639; -122.39444
Owned byPeninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Line(s)Peninsula Subdivision (Caltrain[1]
Platforms6 island platforms (Caltrain)
2 island platforms,
2 side platforms (Muni)[2]
Tracks13 (Caltrain)
4 (Muni)[2]
ConnectionsBus transport Flixbus
Bus transport Muni: 10, 30, 45, 47, 81X, 82X, 83X, KT Bus, N Owl, N Bus
Bicycle facilities180 lockers
22 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zoneFare Zone 1 (Caltrain)
Opened1975 (Caltrain)
1998 (Muni)
201815,427 (Caltrain mid-weekday average)[3]Decrease 1.5% (Caltrain)
Preceding station Caltrain roundel.svg Caltrain Following station
Terminus Local 22nd Street
Baby Bullet
Peak, Pattern A
Baby Bullet
Peak, Pattern B
toward Tamien
Preceding station BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni Following station
2nd and King
towards Ocean Beach
N Judah Terminus
2nd and King
towards Balboa Park
T Third Street Mission Rock
towards Sunnydale
4th and Brannan
Opening 2021
towards Chinatown
2nd and King E Embarcadero
Proposed service
Preceding station California High-Speed Rail Following station
Terminus Phase I
(2031 Service)
towards Bakersfield
San Francisco
Phase I
Full-Build Service
towards Anaheim or Merced
Preceding station Caltrain roundel.svg Caltrain Following station
Downtown Rail Extension (Proposed)
Salesforce Transit Center
Local 22nd Street
Baby Bullet
Peak, Pattern A
Baby Bullet
Peak, Pattern B
toward Tamien

San Francisco 4th and King Street, 4th and King[2] (previously 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, which provides connections to downtown San Francisco and Bay Area Rapid Transit.


Southern Pacific's 3rd and Townsend terminal was replaced in 1975 by the current station.

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.

4th & King is one block from Oracle Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. Caltrain runs extra trains on game days to shuttle fans to and from the ballpark.

The Muni extension to the station was opened in 1998.[4]


The Downtown Rail Extension project to the rebuilt Transbay Terminal includes the construction of an underground 4th and King station. The underground portion will be adjacent the current station on the Townsend side,[5] but Caltrain will continue using the surface platforms.[6] Until that time, California High-Speed Rail trains are planned to utilize the existing station with modifications for that service.[6][7][8]

Following the opening of the Downtown Rail Extension project, California High-Speed Rail service will be extended to the new Transbay Terminal, though most trains are intended to stop at the underground 4th and Townsend as an additional, secondary stop for San Francisco.[9]

Muni service[edit]

N Judah trains at 4th and King

4th and King hosts a number of Muni bus lines, the E Embarcadero historic streetcar line, 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.[2]

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. The nearest BART access is the Powell Street station, a 1-mile (1.6 km) walk up 4th street then left on Market St.

Service to Chinatown via Muni's Central Subway will connect to this station in 2022 after a realignment of the T Third Street line's route.[10]


  1. ^ SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail Network Schematics" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 13.
  2. ^ a b c d San Francisco Municipal Railway Route Map (Map). San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. December 5, 2009. Archived from the original on February 23, 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  3. ^ "2018 Annual Count Key Findings Report" (PDF). Caltrain. 2018.
  4. ^ Epstein, Edward (26 August 1998). "Brown Tries To Soothe Muni Riders / Service on N-Judah line has been abysmal all week". Hearst Communications. SFGate. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  5. ^ Caltrain 2025 North Terminal Plan
  6. ^ a b "San Francisco to San Jose Project Section Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement Volume 1 Chapter 2" (PDF). CHSRA. July 2020. pp. 2–5. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Caltrain/California HSR Blended Operations Analysis" (PDF). LTK Engineering Services. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  8. ^ Thadani, Trisha (10 July 2020). "Plan for high-speed rail rolls out for San Francisco to San Jose - but with little cash". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  9. ^ "2020 Business Plan Service Planning Methodology" (PDF). Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  10. ^ "Project Overview [Central Subway]". San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

External links[edit]

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