Caltrain to Hold Hearing on Closure of Atherton Station


Caltrain will hold a public meeting on the proposed closure of the Atherton Caltrain Station on Wednesday, July 29. A public hearing will follow at the Board of Director’s meeting on August 6.

Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Atherton Caltrain Station only received limited weekend-only service every 90 minutes with an average of 114 passengers per weekend day. Weekday service to the station was cut in 2005 due to low demand.

The center boarding configuration of the station limits operations as trains traveling in the other direction are required to wait while the train at the station is boarding. If the station remains, an upgrade of substantial cost would be necessary to prevent disruption of the expanded service that will come with the electrification of the corridor.

The closure of the station would also allow Caltrain to reallocate service to nearby stations, allowing for a more efficient service for riders, and would reduce the agency’s maintenance costs.

In January of this year, the Town of Atherton tentatively endorsed the closure of Atherton station subject to an Agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two parties. The station’s closure would result in reduced noise and increased safety for Atherton residents. Atherton is in the process of redeveloping its Civic Center, and closing the station would free up additional property for that project.


Public Meeting

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Zoom Info:

Webinar ID: 973 6887 0471

Access via Telephone: 1.669.900.9128

Meeting ID: 9736 8870 471


Public Hearing

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 9 a.m.

Zoom Info:

Webinar ID: 950 3211 2562

Access via Telephone: 1.669.900.9128

Meeting ID: 950 3211 2562

Prior to the hearing, comments may be sent by completing the online comment form at, by mail, e-mail or phone:

Board Secretary

Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board

P.O. Box 3006, San Carlos, CA 94070-1306 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448)


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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 has provided the community with more than 150 years of continuous passenger service. 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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