Bus Service to Replace One Train for Three Weekends for Energization Testing

Early morning weekend travelers can use free VTA bus service to connect

As part of the electrification of Caltrain, energization testing is planned for the weekends of October 22-23, 29-30, and November 5-6, between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Riders planning on taking the first northbound train (Train # 221) of the day from Santa Clara, San Jose Diridon or Tamien Stations can take the free VTA bus service to Lawrence Station, where they can board the train.

Riders are advised to check the revised schedule for the affected weekends to ensure they get to their destination on time. The northbound bus departs 17 minutes earlier from Tamien Station, 16 minutes earlier from San Jose Diridon Station and 12 minutes earlier from Santa Clara Station and will arrive at Lawrence Station five minutes before the train is scheduled to depart. The train will depart from Lawrence Station and all stations north at the regularly scheduled time. 

Buses are ADA accessible and will have limited capacity for luggage and bikes onboard.  

Bus service schedule available at www.caltrain.com/Oct2022

The Caltrain Electrification project will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains.  

Caltrain’s historic electrification project is the first undertaking in North America in a generation in which diesel trains and their infrastructure components are transitioned to an electrified system.  

The project will improve the customer experience by increasing the number of trains, modernizing service and adding new safety elements. 

Electrification will also help meet ambitious regional and state climate action goals by lowering greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and relieving traffic congestion. Additionally, electrified service will advance equity along the corridor by reducing noise and air pollution while increasing access for priority equity neighbors. It will also set the framework for California’s future High Speed Rail network. 


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with commute service to Gilroy. Serving the region since 1863, Caltrain is the oldest continually operating rail system west of the Mississippi. Looking to the future, Caltrain is set to electrify the corridor by 2024, which will reduce diesel emissions and add more service to more stations while advancing the agency’s equity goals.

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