Join Caltrain on the Celebration Train to Observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join Caltrain on the Celebration Train to Observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


  Caltrain’s annual Celebration Train will provide free service for those attending the annual observance of the life and legacy of Dr. King in San Francisco hosted by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorCalMLK). There will be onboard activities for those in attendance during the trip, including singing, a civil rights trivia quiz and free goodie bags for children.

When:  Monday, January 16, 2017

Where:  The train will depart from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station at 9:45 a.m. It will make stops in Palo Alto at 10:05 a.m. and San Mateo at 10:20 a.m. before arriving in San Francisco by 10:55 a.m.  There is no special southbound service.  However, Celebration Train tickets will be accepted on southbound trains departing San Francisco after 1 p.m. that day.

Why:  Dr. King has been an important figure in American history for decades. As a civil rights leader, he spent his life’s work fighting for the equality of all people. The 50-mile ride from San Jose to San Francisco, symbolizes the 54-mile march Dr. King made with other civil rights activists from Selma, the state capitol in Montgomery in March 1965. 

Attendees must register in advance to receive a free Celebration Train commemorative ticket. For ticket registration, click HERE.  For more information on the annual MLK celebrations hosted by NorCalMLK, please visit

For more information about Caltrain’s regular service, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit


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 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 system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.

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