Beginning Monday, March 22, Caltrain will provide free train rides to and from coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination sites for people living or working along the corridor within San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
For people interested in the free train rides, passengers going to and coming from a vaccination site must notify a conductor as soon as they board the train and must show proof of the vaccine appointment or a vaccination card. Fare payment to vaccination sites will not be required until further notice.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, Caltrain has helped ensure essential workers and transit-dependent riders can remain mobile and get to where they need to go,” said Michelle Bouchard, Chief Operating Officer, Rail. “By offering free rides to and from vaccinations, we hope to remove cost barriers so that everyone across the three counties we serve has access to the vaccine.”
Caltrain and other Bay Area transit agencies are making a coordinated effort to keep essential transportation services available to the communities we serve through the Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan. Many systems, including AC Transit, BART, SamTrans, SFMTA and VTA, are offering free rides to vaccine distribution sites to ensure those without a car can easily access the locations.
The regional Healthy Transit Plan outlines action items for frequent cleaning, personal protective equipment, face coverings, social distancing, ventilation, and touchless fares in order to keep transit safe for all Bay Area residents and transit employees.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with commute service to Gilroy. 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.
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