Caltrain Temporarily Suspends Train Service Between San Jose Diridon and Tamien to Expedite Electrification Project


Media Contact: Mahmoud Abunie, 650.730.6201 

Caltrain will be suspending some of its train service between San Jose Diridon and Tamien stations from Monday, November 27, to Sunday, December 3, to accommodate Caltrain electrification construction. 

From November 27 to December 1, the last southbound train 146 will terminate at San Jose Diridon. On Saturday and Sunday, December 2 & 3, the first northbound train 221 will depart from San Jose Diridon, and on Saturday, December 2, the last southbound train 284 will terminate at San Jose Diridon. 

Free VTA bus service will replace service for those trains between San Jose and Tamien stations. For information, including bus schedules and bus stop locations, visit  

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.  

The proposed service plan for electrified service would see weekday peak hour trains cover 79 stations per hour, an increase from the current 66. Eleven stations would experience four train arrivals hourly per direction, a notable improvement from seven stations currently. Midday trains would cover 44 stations per hour, up from 34 today. 

Caltrain recently began offering four new fare promotions, offering discounts for families, groups, youth and hybrid workers. Additionally, parking at Caltrain stations is 50% off, costing only $2.75 to park for the day.   


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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