Temporary Weekday Changes & Weekend Bus Bridge Coming
 

Printable PDF Temp Weekday Schedule  Printable PDF Bus Bridge Schedule


Caltrain’s Electrification Project, which will replace the 30-year-old diesel trains with state-of the art electric trains and install electrification infrastructure requires significant construction on the corridor. To accommodate the construction and ensure the new electrified service is available for passengers in 2024, Caltrain will be temporarily reducing service levels from Monday, December 5 to Sunday, December 18, 2022. Both weekday and weekend service will be affected.

Please note the following service changes:

Weekday – Dec. 5 to Dec. 16, 2022

  • Overall reduction from 104 trains to 68 trains per day 
  • Suspended Baby Bullet service 
  • Minor Gilroy service adjustments
  • Service will end early each night - The last northbound train each evening will depart Tamien Station at 9:01 p.m. and the last southbound train will depart San Francisco Station at 9:22 p.m.

Weekend – Dec. 10 and 11 and Dec. 17 and 18, 2022 

  • Caltrain service will be replaced with bus service between Belmont and Mountain View stations.The weekend bus bridge will serve all stops between Belmont and Mountain View stations with timed train connections on both ends. Buses are ADA accessible and will have limited capacity for luggage and bikes onboard. Clipper users should tap on at their station of origin and tap off at their destination.
  • Service will end early each night. - The last northbound train each evening will depart Tamien Station at 9:01 p.m. and the last southbound train will depart San Francisco Station at 9:22 p.m.
  • Plan for additional travel time of 60-90 minutes due to the bus bridge, especially if you plan to attend upcoming events.

On Monday, December 19, Caltrain will revert to the regular weekday and weekend schedule.

This portion of the Caltrain electrification construction work includes signal cutover work at 16 grade crossings, requiring a 24/7 single-tracking window between Belmont and Mountain View. This will allow the work to be completed safely and quickly, avoiding potential delays to the project.
 


Check the updated schedules HERE

For shuttle service, please refer to www.caltrain.com/shuttles.

For more details regarding Caltrain’s Electrification project visit www.caltrain.com/Electrification

For additional questions, please contact:

Caltrain Customer Service Weekdays: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Weekends & Holidays: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Information: 1.800.660.4287 Hearing Impaired (TTY) 650.508.6448.

We thank you for your continued patience.    

 

 

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Weekday Changes for December 2022 Schedule            

  • Baby Bullet (B7) service suspended                
  • Limited (L4) & (L3) service suspended                
  • Limited (L5) added ◊ Limited Service at the following stations:     
    College Park, Tamien, Capitol, Blossom Hill, Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy

 

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Weekend Changes for December 2022 Schedule        

  • Weekend Bus Bridge between Belmont & Mountain View stations
    (provided by SamTrans)      

Each station below will have a link to map where the bus will pick-up and drop off. There will also be wayfinding signage located on the Caltrain platforms to the bus stop locations. Look for Weekend Bus Bridge signs.

Belmont (on El Camino Real): 

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose depart from northwest station parking lot

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco arrive in the northwest station parking lot

San Carlos (Along El Camino Real, west of station platforms):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose arrive and depart from El Camino & San Carlos Ave across the street

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco arrive and depart from El Camino & San Carlos Ave. (in front of Transit Center)

Redwood City (In SamTrans Bus Bay, west of station platforms):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose and Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco both arrive and depart from SamTrans Bus Lane A

Menlo Park (Along El Camino Real, west of station platforms):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose arrive and depart from El Camino Real & Santa Cruz Ave. across the street

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco arrive and depart from El Camino Real between Santa Cruz Ave. & Ravenswood Ave.

Palo Alto Station

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco arrive and depart from Alma St. & Everett Ave. across the street

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose arrive and depart from Alma St. & Lytton St.

California Avenue (east of station platforms using the pedestrian underpass):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose arrive and depart on N. California and Alma St.

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco arrive and depart from Alma St. and N. California Ave.

San Antonio (Along Showers Dr., west of station platforms):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose and Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco both arrive and depart from existing VTA bus stop at Showers Dr. & Pacchetti Way across the street

Mountain View (Along W. Evelyn Ave., west of station platforms):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose arrive at Central Expressway and Castro

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco depart from W. Evelyn Ave. between Hope St. and View St.

   
   

 

Why will Caltrain temporarily reduce and/or suspend its weekday and weekend service levels?

Caltrain will temporarily reduce its weekday service levels down to 68 trains per day and bus service will replace trains on weekends between Belmont and Mountain View to accommodate Electrification construction.

The project includes signal cutover work at 16 grade crossings, requiring a 24/7 single-tracking window between Belmont and Mountain View. This will allow the signal work to be completed safely and quickly, avoiding potential delays to the Electrification Project.

How will service be affected? 

Weekday Service Changes: 

•  Overall reduction from 104 trains to 68 trains per day 

•  Suspended Baby Bullet service 

•  Gilroy section service adjustments

•  Late night service changes - The last northbound train each evening will depart Tamien Station at 9:01 p.m. and the last southbound train will depart San Francisco Station at 9:22 p.m.

Weekend Service Changes: 

•   Caltrain service will be replaced with bus service between Belmont and Mountain View stations. Buses are ADA accessible and will have limited capacity for luggage and bikes onboard. Clipper users should tap on at their station of origin and tap off at their destination.

•   Service will end early each night. - The last northbound train each evening will depart Tamien Station at 9:01 p.m. and the last southbound train will depart San Francisco Station at 9:22 p.m.

•   Plan for additional travel time of 60-90 minutes due to the bus bridge, especially if you plan to attend upcoming events.

Check the updated schedules HERE

For more details regarding Caltrain’s Electrification project visit www.caltrain.com/Electrification 

Weekend train service is suspended on my commute, what do I do?

SamTrans buses will replace train service between Belmont and Mountain View  stations. Please purchase your fare and parking ticket at the starting Caltrain station, on the Caltrain Mobile app, or Clipper users tap on before heading to the bus stop location. Clipper users tap off at the destination station.

Will the stations between Belmont and Mountain View be completely closed on these two weekends? 

Train service will not be available, however, you will still be able to tap on or off with your Clipper card, use Caltrain’s mobile app or purchase fare or parking pass at the Caltrain ticket machines. 

Where will the bus pick up/drop off at the following stations?

Each station below will have a link to map where the bus will pick-up and drop off. There will also be wayfinding signage located on the Caltrain platforms to the bus stop locations. Look for Weekend Bus Bridge signs.

Belmont (on El Camino Real): 

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose depart from northwest station parking lot

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco arrive in the northwest station parking lot

San Carlos (Along El Camino Real, west of station platforms):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose arrive and depart from El Camino & San Carlos Ave across the street

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco arrive and depart from El Camino & San Carlos Ave. (in front of Transit Center)

Redwood City (In SamTrans Bus Bay, west of station platforms):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose and Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco both arrive and depart from SamTrans Bus Lane A

Menlo Park (Along El Camino Real, west of station platforms):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose arrive and depart from El Camino Real & Santa Cruz Ave. across the street

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco arrive and depart from El Camino Real between Santa Cruz Ave. & Ravenswood Ave.

Palo Alto Station

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco arrive and depart from Alma St. & Everett Ave. across the street

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose arrive and depart from Alma St. & Lytton St.

California Avenue (east of station platforms using the pedestrian underpass):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose arrive and depart on N. California and Alma St.

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco arrive and depart from Alma St. and N. California Ave.

San Antonio (Along Showers Dr., west of station platforms):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose and Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco both arrive and depart from existing VTA bus stop at Showers Dr. & Pacchetti Way across the street

Mountain View (Along W. Evelyn Ave., west of station platforms):

Southbound buses to Mountain View/San Jose arrive at Central Expressway and Castro

Northbound buses to Belmont/San Francisco depart from W. Evelyn Ave. between Hope St. and View St.

What if the bus is full, when will the next bus be there? Is there a bus schedule?

Several buses will be stationed at the stations to accommodate our customers. 

Visit www.caltrain.com/Dec2022 for the train and bus schedule.

 

Are the buses ADA accessible?

Yes. All buses are ADA accessible and equipped with lifts or ramps that can be used by people who use mobility devices or cannot climb steps.

Each bus also has a kneeling feature that lowers the front end so the first step is easier to reach. If you have difficulty boarding the bus, ask the operator to lower the front end or deploy the lift or ramp.

 

Can I bring my bike onboard the bus? 

Each bus can accommodate three bikes. We cannot guarantee space for your bike. Weekend passengers travelling with a bike during the closure could experience significant delays due to limited bike capacity onboard the buses. Please plan accordingly.

 

Whom do I contact if I left an item on the bus during the bus bridge?

Please complete the lost and found form at www.samtrans.com/lostandfound.

 

Do I have to pay to ride the bus provided by SamTrans?

Caltrain passengers ride the bus for free. However, please purchase your Caltrain fare and parking ticket on the Caltrain Mobile app, or at the Caltrain station, before heading to the bus stop. Clipper users tap on at the starting stafion and tap off at the destination station.

 

Who should I contact with additional questions about the service impacts? 

The Caltrain website will include updated information about service impacts and available transit alternatives at www.caltrain.com/Dec2022. Information will also be shared on Twitter @caltrainalerts or Facebook.com/Caltrain.

Riders can also call Caltrain Customer Service, (Weekdays: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Weekends & Holidays: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 1.800.660.4287.

Upcoming temporary construction schedule and impact to events:

  • SJ Sharks Wed 12/7 @ 7:30 p.m, Tue 12/13 @ 7:30 p.m.and Sun 12/18 @ 7 p.m
  • GS Warriors Mon 12/5 @ 7 p.m., Sat 12/10 @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Redwood City Hometown Holidays, Sat 12/10, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • German Holiday Market @Mountain View parking lot Sat 12/10, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • 49ers - Sun 12/11 @ 1:25 p.m. 
  • Farmer’s Market @Mountain View parking lot Sun 12/18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.