San Francisco 4th and King Street Station

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San Francisco (Caltrain)
4th and King (Muni Metro)
Caltrain BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg
Caltrain commuter rail and Muni Metro light rail station
San Francisco 4th and King Street Station.jpg
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
Coordinates 37°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 by Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Line(s) Caltrain
  Local service
  Limited-stop service
Muni Metro
Muni heritage railway
     E Embarcadero
Platforms 6 island platforms (Caltrain)
2 island platforms (Muni)[1]
Tracks 13 (Caltrain)
4 (Muni)[1]

Muni Buses
10 Townsend
30 Stockton
45 Union-Stockton
47 Van Ness
81X Caltrain Express
82X Levi Plaza Express
83X Mid-Market Express
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
99 Emeryville
California Shuttle Bus

Oakland-San Jose-Los Angeles
Parking None
Bicycle facilities Lockers available
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone Fare Zone 1
Opened 1975
Passengers (2014) 12,160 per weekday[2]Increase 12.7% (Caltrain)
Preceding station   Caltrain logo.svg Caltrain   Following station
Terminus Local service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
Limited-stop service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
Limited-stop service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
Baby Bullet
Peak, Pattern A
Baby Bullet
Peak, Pattern B
toward Tamien
Baby Bullet
Reverse Peak
BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni Metro
Terminus N Judah
S Castro Shuttle
(AT&T Park game days only)
toward West Portal
toward Sunnydale
T Third Street
toward Embarcadero
BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni heritage railway
Terminus E Embarcadero
Weekends only
San Francisco 4th and King Street Station is located in San Francisco
San Francisco 4th and King Street Station

San Francisco 4th and King Street or 4th and King[1] 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.


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

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.[3] 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.

Station amenities[edit]

  • 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

Transit connections[edit]

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.[1]

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.

Service to Chinatown via Muni's Central Subway will connect to this station in 2019 after a realignment of the T Third Street line's route.[4]

San Francisco Giants service[edit]

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[edit]

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)



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