Thousands of football fans representing the orange and navy, and the black, teal and silver packed Caltrain over the weekend, increasing regular weekend ridership.
On Saturday, Caltrain carried 29,567 riders on its system who were headed up to The City to partake in the numerous Super Bowl activities and concerts. On Super Bowl Sunday, Caltrain carried another 9,262 passengers to the Mountain View Caltrain Station for the Big Game, where sports fans transferred to VTA light rail to take them directly to Levi’s Stadium. Caltrain's total ridership over Super Bowl weekend was 38,829 passengers. Caltrain’s average weekend ridership for Saturday and Sunday combined is usually around 26,241 passengers.
But Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers fans weren’t the only ones enjoying the fun and festivities. The week leading up to the Super Bowl, many Bay Area football fans donning their best red and gold jerseys, and silver and black apparel also packed onto Caltrain to visit various attractions, such as Super Bowl City in Justin Herman Plaza and the NFL Experience in Moscone Center.
To accommodate all the extra riders during the week, Caltrain increased capacity by adding extra train service to ensure that football fans could check out all the great exhibits, concerts and events in the Bay Area, including Media Day at the SAP Center in San Jose and Santa Clara University’s Super Bowl Celebration.
In addition, Caltrain provided friendly ambassadors onboard trains and at select stations to assist passengers with their overall football experience.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.