Caltrain Reduces Weekday Service for Two Weeks for Electrification Construction

Caltrain will be reducing its service to 82 trains per day from 104 for the weeks of April 17-21 and April 24-28 to accommodate Caltrain Electrification construction and testing.   

Caltrain encourages riders, including Giants fans heading to Oracle Park, to check the schedule to ensure they can reach their destination on time. 

For Monday through Thursday, the last northbound train of the day will depart Tamien Station at 10:26 p.m., while the last southbound train departs San Francisco Station at 10:47 p.m. On Fridays, the last northbound train will leave an hour earlier and the last southbound train will leave an hour and a half earlier. The Baby Bullet will be suspended, and trains will be single-tracking between Palo Alto and Mountain View stations. 

These will be the first weekday service reduction in 2023 to accommodate construction and testing for electrified service, which is expected to launch passenger service in fall 2024. 

Caltrain is running a public awareness campaign throughout the year to alert riders to potential service disruptions and provide information about the new and improved service that electrification will deliver. 

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 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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