The new station has been relocated four blocks north of its previous location, between 28th and 31st Avenues. It has an elevated center-boarding platform, allowing for safer, more convenient pedestrian access. It also offers riders on-demand bicycle eLockers and traditional bike racks, two parking lots and six connecting SamTrans routes, making the station a truly multi-modal transit hub.
The project is eliminating the at-grade crossing at 25th Avenue, while building new separated crossings at 28th and 31st Avenues. These improvements eliminate the possibility of pedestrians and vehicles reaching the tracks, improving public safety and eliminating traffic bottlenecks on surrounding streets.
Effective Monday, April 26, Caltrain will also adjust both its weekday and weekend schedules to add service for the Hillsdale Station. Hillsdale Station will see service every half hour on weekdays and every hour on weeknights and weekends, while the Belmont Station will receive hourly service on both weekdays and weekends. There will be no other timetable changes. Caltrain staff will be giving out complimentary promotional items to riders from 6:30-10 a.m. on April 26.
Once the Hillsdale Station reopens, the Hillsdale/Belmont Shuttle will be discontinued due to duplication of services, and paid parking at the Belmont Station will resume. Free SamTrans connections for Caltrain riders during the temporary Hillsdale Station closure will no longer be available. Shuttles that serve the Belmont Station during the temporary Hillsdale Station closure will continue until 25th Avenue is reopened in the late summer.
Riders can access the new station at 28th Avenue and the pedestrian underpass while 25th and 31st Avenues are under construction. For more information visit www.caltrain.com/hillsdaleopening.
“Caltrain is turning into the modern rail system the Bay Area deserves and the new Hillsdale Station captures much of what that means,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dev Davis. “It’s safer, more convenient, more accessible, more beautiful and more interconnected with the community around it.”
“It’s a hopeful sign of renewal that our new Hillsdale Station is complete and ready for riders,” said San Mateo Mayor Eric Rodriguez. “Our residents will benefit from this project for generations to come, especially now with easier access to our beautiful new Hillsdale Shopping Center, our world-class tech headquarters, and our popular local restaurants — all while reducing traffic congestion and train horn noise in our neighborhoods.”
“The Transportation Authority was proud to support this project, as it both helps to improve Caltrain’s operations while also creating clear benefits for the neighboring community,” said TA Board Chair Emily Beach. “This project has been a shining example of collaboration, delivering infrastructure improvements that will benefit our community for decades to come.”
“As California reopens, it is fitting that Caltrain has a new station at Hillsdale ready to welcome riders back,” said Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin. “As people return to Caltrain, they will find a system that is continuing to grow and improve, with more coming soon.”
“Eliminating at-grade crossings is vitally necessary for both public safety and traffic mitigation,” said Senator Josh Becker. “This project managed to do that, while also delivering a state-of-the-art new station, a clear win-win for the people of San Mateo County.”
“The new Hillsdale Station and the broader 25thAvenue Grade Separation Project represent an important partnership between the state and local communities,” said California High Speed Rail CEO Brian Kelly. “This collaboration provides immediate benefits for Caltrain riders while setting the stage for high-speed rail operations.”
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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