Caltrain Seeks Community Organizations Needing Donated Go Passes

Caltrain is currently conducting outreach to organizations serving low-income or marginalized communities to encourage them to apply to the Go Pass Donation Program. As part of the Go Pass Donation Program, Caltrain distributes donated Go Passes from employers along the corridor to participating community-serving organizations. Participating organizations can then provide donated Go Passes to their clients, who are then able to ride Caltrain at no personal cost over the course of the calendar year. 

Organizations that wish to participate in or learn more about the program can send an email to and apply online here. Caltrain will begin reviewing applications on February 24 and will be in touch with applicants once it has completed the review process.  

The Go Pass Donation Program began in 2021 in order to diversify ridership and increase access to the Caltrain system for riders who have historically faced barriers to transportation. Since then, the donated Go Passes have been provided to participating organizations, helping hundreds of people access the benefits of the Caltrain system at no cost. In 2022, recipients of donated Go Passes completed over 20,000 rides on Caltrain. Over 50% of Go Pass Donation Program riders reported annual household income of less than $50,000 as compared to 10% of 2019 Caltrain riders. Additionally, approximately half of the Go Pass Donation Program riders were new Caltrain riders. Caltrain is looking forward to continuing to expand ridership in partnership with community organizations along the corridor through the Go Pass Donation Program.  


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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