South San Francisco station (Caltrain)

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South San Francisco
Commuter rail
US 101 over the South San Francisco Caltrain Station.jpg
South San Francisco station is underneath Grand Avenue. Bayshore Freeway crosses south of the station.
Location 590 Dubuque Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Coordinates 37°39′21″N 122°24′18″W / 37.65583°N 122.40500°W / 37.65583; -122.40500Coordinates: 37°39′21″N 122°24′18″W / 37.65583°N 122.40500°W / 37.65583; -122.40500
Owned by Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Line(s) Caltrain
  Local service
  Limited-stop service
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 5
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Lockers available
Other information
Fare zone 1
Passengers (2014 average weekday) 432[1]Increase 19.8%
Preceding station   Caltrain logo.svg Caltrain   Following station
Local service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
Limited-stop service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
South San Francisco station (Caltrain) is located in San Francisco
South San Francisco station (Caltrain)

South San Francisco is a Caltrain station in South San Francisco, California, served by local and limited-stop trains. The station is on the east side of Highway 101 beneath East Grand Avenue; downtown South San Francisco is across the freeway.

The station has a poor location; the southbound platform is not ADA-compliant, and riders for northbound trains cross the (usually) southbound track to a narrow platform between the tracks, thus requiring a "hold out" rule—if a train is stopped for passengers a train on the other track must wait. South San Francisco is the only hold-out station having regular service on weekdays (Atherton and Broadway are served only on weekends, College Park has only two round-trips per weekday serving the nearby Bellarmine Prep, and Stanford is only served on Stanford's home football game days), and as such it is a bottleneck. Autos reach the station from Dubuque Avenue, and a pedestrian staircase climbs to Grand Avenue, above the station. Several SamTrans routes run near the station on Airport Boulevard, but hills and tight turns make it hard for large buses to reach the station.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Bypass tracks  Baby Bullet No stops
Northbound  Local service toward San Francisco (Bayshore)
 Limited-stop service toward San Francisco (Bayshore)
Southbound  Local service toward Gilroy (San Bruno)
 Limited-stop service toward Tamien, Gilroy during peak hours (San Bruno)

Station amenities[edit]

  • Caltrain Ticket Machines
  • Caltrain 8-Ride Ticket Validators
  • Waiting benches
  • Bike racks
  • All-day parking
  • Public telephone

Past relocation proposals[edit]

There have been proposals to relocate the station southward so that trains would stop on the bridge above Airport Blvd. The purpose would be to improve access to the station.[2]

Future expansion[edit]

In 2012 Caltrain and the City of South San Francisco began work on a Downtown Station Area Plan to redevelop the area around the station and make it easier to reach downtown. The project would update the station by renovating the southbound platform and extending it south, and building a new northbound platform to eliminate the "hold out" rule and to be ADA-compliant. The project would include a bus and shuttle drop-off area on Airport Blvd. and an ADA-compliant pedestrian underpass to the new platform that would connect with E. Grand Ave. and Airport Blvd.[3][4] The plan was approved in February 2015 and will be funded by $49.1 million in San Mateo County Measure A funds, a half-cent sales tax approved by county voters in 2012.[5] Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016, with the new station opening in 2019.[6]


  1. ^ Caltrain. "February 2014 Caltrain Annual Passenger Counts" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "South San Francisco Downtown Station Area Plan". City of South San Francisco. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "South San Francisco applies for grant funding for pedestrian/bike tunnel to Caltrain". Green Caltrain. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  5. ^ emmas (23 February 2015). "South San Francisco Downtown Plan and new Caltrain station approved". Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition blog. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Futrell, Mike. "Major Improvements Slated for South San Francisco Caltrain Station". City of South San Francisco official website. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 

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