Caltrain Introduces New Fare Product Promotions

On Friday, September 1, Caltrain will introduce four new temporary fare products designed to give riders more options as to how they travel, making it easier to save money by using Caltrain. 

The $1 Youth Pass provides one-way rides for merely a dollar for everyone 18 and under. The Three Day Pass offers passholders unlimited rides for three days immediately upon purchase (including the day of purchase) – a great option for the hybrid commuter working three days during the week.  

The Family Day Pass allows two adults and up to four youths (18 and under) to ride together for the cost of two adults and one youth. All Family Day Pass travelers must travel together in the same train car.  

The Group Day Pass allows a group of four to six people to travel together for 15% off the cost of four tickets. All Group Day Pass travelers must travel together in the same train car and must be in the same fare class (Adult, Youth, Eligible Discount).  

The Three Day Pass, Family Day Pass and Group Day Pass can be purchased via the Caltrain Mobile app or at a Ticket Vending Machine at a Caltrain station. The $1 Youth Pass is only available via a Clipper Youth Card

In addition to these fare promotions, Caltrain also is reducing the price of parking at stations by 50%, costing $2.75 per day starting September 1 or $41.25 for a monthly parking permit. 

Caltrain’s ridership continues to increase, with the Average Weekday Ridership currently at approximately 20,000 per weekday. The latest survey data show opportunity for even greater growth by modifying prices. By providing a wider range of fare products, Caltrain can better appeal to the needs of potential riders and their changing travel patterns. 

Fares were expected to increase this year, but Caltrain implemented a promotional fare discount that will keep fares at their current levels until December 31, 2023.   

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. The new trains, which were debuted to the public for the first time in July, will feature on board displays with digital trip information, increased storage capacities, baby-changing tables, Wi-Fi and power outlets at every seat. 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 communities. It will also set the framework for California’s future High Speed Rail network that will run on the Caltrain corridor. 


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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