Caltrain Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Celebration Train, Modified Service

The dream lives on this month as the Caltrain NorCalMLK Celebration Train makes its way up the Peninsula from San Jose to San Francisco on Monday, January 15. 

The Celebration Train will provide free service for those who wish to attend 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 a free giveaway for the children.   

Attendees must register in advance to receive a free Celebration Train commemorative ticket. This free train ride, which pays tribute to the 54-mile 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, is a great way to get to the MLK march and events in San Francisco. 

The train will depart from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station at 9:30 a.m. It will make stops at Palo Alto Station at 9:50 a.m. and the southbound platform of San Mateo Station at 10:10 a.m. before arriving in San Francisco by 10:40 a.m. There is no special southbound service, however, Celebration Train tickets will be accepted on southbound trains departing San Francisco after 1:00 p.m. that same day.  

Caltrain will operate a modified service schedule for the holiday on Monday, January 15. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $2.25 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines or conveniently through Caltrain Mobile. Caltrain paid parking rules are enforced all day, including holidays. 

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 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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Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 

Please note: Dan Lieberman will be onsite the day of the event, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station.