Caltrain News https://www.caltrain.com/ Feed of Caltrain news en <a href="/news/caltrain-delivers-fans-elton-john-levis-stadium" hreflang="en">Caltrain Delivers Fans to Elton John at Levi’s Stadium</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-delivers-fans-elton-john-levis-stadium Media Contact: Tasha Bartholomew, 650.339.5257 Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour comes to Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium on Saturday, October 8, and Sunday, October 9, at 8 p.m., so it’s time to say hello gray steel Caltrain rail. Caltrain and VTA will provide fans with convenient and accessible service to get to the performance and back home again. For pre- and post-game service, Caltrain will be operating its regular weekend service along the Peninsula. Fans can transfer to VTA light rail at the Mountain View Caltrain Station for continuing service to the stadium. Given the large crowds expected on game days, riders are encouraged to either use Clipper or purchase a joint adult Caltrain + VTA Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines or via mobile ticketing before boarding. Day Passes purchased through the mobile app are valid on the day of purchase through the end of the service day. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain encourages riders to wear a face covering while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. bartholomewt https://www.caltrain.com/3055919c-abe1-40e8-adf6-cfbb20745ead <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-special-service-fleet-week-san-francisco-weekend" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Special Service to Fleet Week in San Francisco This Weekend</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-special-service-fleet-week-san-francisco-weekend Fleet Week returns to San Francisco’s waterfront this week, and Caltrain is reporting for duty. Events began yesterday, October 3, and will continue through Tuesday, October 11. Air shows will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, October 7, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend. Caltrain will be running its regular service throughout the week, and will be providing an additional morning train over the weekend. Upon arrival at Caltrain’s San Francisco Station, riders can either walk or transfer to Muni’s 30-Stockton bus for a connection to the Marina Green, where most of the week’s festivities will take place. San Francisco’s Fleet Week includes a parade of naval ships, tours of vessels, and of course, aerial shows from the world famous Blue Angels flight exhibition team. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Riders using the mobile app must purchase their ticket on the day of the event for it to be valid. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines and riders should keep their tickets ready for fare inspection. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain encourages riders to wear a face covering while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/87b3a22f-5f86-4e6b-8045-c3e58bfacb75 <a href="/news/caltrain-hosting-meeting-san-francisco-railyard-project" hreflang="en">Caltrain Hosting Meeting on San Francisco Railyard Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hosting-meeting-san-francisco-railyard-project On Wednesday, October 5, Caltrain will host a virtual community meeting on the San Francisco Railyards Project. The meeting will include project partners, Prologis and the City of San Francisco, and will explore the potential private development and rail facilities of the 20-acre site adjacent to the San Francisco Caltrain Station. The project site is located at Caltrain’s station and yard at 4th and King Streets in San Francisco on which Caltrain has a perpetual easement and Prologis is the landowner. Given the prime location with easy access to transit, this represents a major potential to create housing, office and public space while also reducing traffic and congestion and optimizing Caltrain’s operations in the area.   Community Meeting Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 5:00-6:00 p.m. https://bit.ly/3wQ0DCC Meeting ID: 846 3384 0163 Phone: US: +1 888 475 4499 For translation or interpretation assistance, call Caltrain at 1.800.660.4287 at least three days before the meeting. For more information or to sign up for project updates, visit https://sfplanning.org/project/sf-railyards-project. For questions call Caltrain Customer Service at 1-800-660-4287 or send an email to sfrailyards@caltrain.com.  ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/f5a071a0-dbc4-4782-88ed-b3427e075472 <a href="/news/caltrain-takes-fans-mexico-vs-colombia-levis-stadium" hreflang="en">Caltrain Takes Fans to Mexico vs. Colombia at Levi’s Stadium</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-takes-fans-mexico-vs-colombia-levis-stadium Mexico and Colombia take to the pitch at Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27. Caltrain and VTA will provide fans with convenient and accessible service to get to the game and back home again. For pre- and post-game service, Caltrain will be operating its regular weekday service along the Peninsula. Fans can transfer to VTA light rail at the Mountain View Caltrain Station for continuing service to the stadium. Given the large crowds expected on game days, riders are encouraged to either use Clipper or purchase a joint adult Caltrain + VTA Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines or via mobile ticketing before boarding. Day Passes purchased through the mobile app are valid on the day of purchase through the end of the service day. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain encourages riders to wear a face covering while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/ed845d60-fe4a-465d-b49b-77416fcc2ab6 <a href="/news/caltrain-debuts-its-new-electric-trains" hreflang="en">Caltrain Debuts its New Electric Trains</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-debuts-its-new-electric-trains Editor’s Note: Photos available here Caltrain Debuts its New Electric Trains The new state-of-the-art vehicles will be put into service in 2024 Caltrain representatives were joined by federal, state, regional, local officials and community members today to celebrate the first public viewing of the agency’s new electric train cars. The new train cars will serve as the centerpiece of the transformative Caltrain Electrification Project. The new high-performance trains will offer a better service to Caltrain riders. They will generate much less noise than their diesel equivalent, making the trip more enjoyable both for riders and residents that live near Caltrain tracks. The new vehicles also offer enhanced amenities, including new digital onboard displays, power outlets at each forward-facing seat, a new seat color palette selected by the public, energy-efficient lighting, coat hooks, security cameras, and expanded storage under the cantilevered seats. Additionally, each trainset will have seven cars, as opposed to the current five or six. The new trains also accelerate and decelerate faster than their diesel alternatives, which must be pulled by a locomotive. This will allow Caltrain to expand its service levels beyond the current 104 trains every weekday. These trains will go into service in 2024, and until then will be tested to ensure they and the infrastructure they will rely upon, are in good working order. The trains were built by Stadler US at their facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. After they were assembled, they were sent to a test facility in Pueblo, Colo. where they were tested at high speeds under numerous conditions as required by the Federal Railroad Administration. The trains were tested for braking, propulsion, ride quality, noise and vibration, door operation, Positive Train Control and Electromagnetic Interference over the course of eight months. Those interested in seeing more of the EMUs can take a virtual tour, which Caltrain launched in October 2020. More public tours of the new vehicles are planned for early 2023. The Caltrain Electrification project will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains.  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 requires an additional $410 million over initial estimates. Caltrain is working with its funding partners, as well as its federal and state legislative delegations to fill the funding gap. The project will improve the customer experience by increasing the number of trains, modernizing service and adding new safety elements. 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 neighbors. It will also set the framework for California’s future High Speed Rail network.   Below are quotes from strong supporters of the Caltrain Electrification Project: “The arrival of these new electric trains marks an exciting step toward providing greener, easier transportation options for Californians,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “Caltrain’s electrification initiative will mean quieter neighborhoods, cleaner air and faster commutes for working families.  It has been my privilege to fight alongside the entire Bay Area delegation to secure the federal resources Caltrain needs to realize its vision of a fully electrified rail corridor from San Francisco to San Jose.” “The transportation sector makes up 50 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, and electrifying our public transit systems is one of the most effective ways to cut down on those emissions,” said Senator Diane Feinstein. “I join Caltrain in celebrating the arrival of its first electric train. I have long supported funding for the Caltrain Peninsula Corridor Electrification project and will continue to work to secure funds for this important effort.” “By 2040, an additional 1.2 million Californians will live within two miles of the Caltrain corridor,” said Senator Alex Padilla. “That is why I am proud to support an electrified Caltrain to ensure that this growth is responsible, sustainable and meets the needs of Californians all across the state.” “The Bay Area is the high-tech capital of the world, and it deserves a transportation system that reflects that,” said Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. “The tracks that were laid in the time of the steam engine will carry modern, electric trains along the Peninsula, perfectly symbolizing our spirit of innovation and dynamic change.” “Congratulations to Caltrain on the arrival of its first electric trains,”said Congressman Ro Khanna. “Electrifying the system will increase the speed and frequency of trains for riders, reduce traffic, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.” “It’s great to celebrate a milestone that will improve daily life for so many people in the Bay Area while combating climate change,” said Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation and senior member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. “By increasing passenger capacity along the rail corridor, the electrification of Caltrain helps decrease congestion on local highways. That, along with the savings from no longer using nonrenewable diesel fuel, will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a win-win-win for California, our country, and future generations.” “Caltrain’s Electrification Project has created thousands of jobs across our country,” said Congresswoman Jackie Speier. “These train sets are made in America.  This project is exactly the kind of investment taxpayers want—tangible benefits for hard working Americans.”  “Modernizing our transportation system and building new, sustainable public transit projects is a key priority for the Biden administration,” said Department of Transportation General Counsel John Putnam. “The Department of Transportation is investing in projects like electrification because we know how critical our passenger rail infrastructure is to our economy, our environment, our health, and the quality of life of the American people.” “We are excited for the first electric trains that will speed down the Caltrain tracks, carrying a future generation of transit riders across the Bay Area,” said FTA Regional Administrator Ray Tellis.  “Creating the opportunity for more cleaner and higher capacity trains every hour means better service for riders.  Electrifying those trains means a smoother ride, better air quality, and another step toward addressing climate change.  Congratulations, and thank you to Caltrain for being a great partner.” “The Bay Area needs an electrified Caltrain, and we’re very close to getting it,” said Senator Josh Becker. “A cleaner and greener rail service will improve our air quality and push back against climate change, providing a real benefit to everyone who calls the Bay Area home.” “We in the California legislature doubled down on transit, ensuring that agencies like Caltrain would have the resources to complete the Electrification Project,” said Senator Dave Cortese. “I was proud to see the Transportation Budget bill become law and I’m hopeful to see, with a few additional resources, this project be complete in 2024. These beautiful new trains will help protect our environment while getting people where they need to go, and all Californians are better off for it.” “The threat of climate change looms over many of the decisions we make in Sacramento,” said Senator Bob Wieckowski. “It was certainly on our mind when we decided to fund the electrification of Caltrain, and today I can happily say we made the right call.” “Electrified rail service is a critical part of California’s future, and these new electric trains are an important step toward that goal,” said Senator Scott Wiener. “Soon, we’ll have high speed trains running from Los Angeles all the way to the Salesforce Transit Center, helping grow our economy sustainably and responsibly.” “The electrification of Caltrain is a historic accomplishment in the future of sustainable transportation in California,” said Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin. “As the first electrified rail line in our state, it will provide immense environmental benefits while serving as the spine that helps support our innovation economy and we should all be proud of this accomplishment.” “The Legislature has been working hard to deliver on infrastructure, clean energy and job creation for Californians,” said Assemblymember Marc Berman.  “Today, I’m pleased to celebrate a project that’s doing all three at once right through the heart of my district.” “The electrification of Caltrain will provide residents across the Bay Area with a fast, reliable option to get where they’re going without having to depend on traveling by car,” said Assemblymember Ash Kalra. “For California to reach its ambitious climate goals, we will need to continue to support projects that shift us away from fossil fuels reliance such as Caltrain electrification.” “The California legislature has been hard at work delivering transportation projects that will not only help ease congestion, but also reduce the impacts to our environment,” said Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting. “It’s exciting to see one of those projects we helped fund so close to completion, and I cannot wait to ride this electric train!” “An electrified Caltrain is a momentous accomplishment – not just for the Bay Area but the entire state,” said California Transportation Secretary Toks Omishakin. “From cleaner air to enhanced speed and safety, the mobility, environmental, equity and economic benefits are immense. California is leading the nation in rapidly electrifying our transportation system, and Caltrain is at the front of the pack.”  “Protecting California’s environment is a moral imperative,” said California Air Resources Board Member Davina Hurt. “The electrification of Caltrain is a vital step towards shrinking our carbon footprint and reshaping how Californians travel in and through our communities.” “An electrified Caltrain is good news for Santa Clara County,” said SCC Board of Supervisors President Mike Wasserman. “The next few years will see electrified rail service on the Peninsula, new BART connections in our county and a major development around San Jose Diridon Station, all happening on our doorstep. It’s impossible not to be excited about what comes next.” “SamTrans and Caltrain are both in the people moving business,” said SamTrans Chair Pete Ratto. “These magnificent new trains are going to bring hundreds of thousands of people in to and out of San Mateo County, and SamTrans will be there to deliver them to their final destination.” “Caltrain is a vital public transit connection for the people of San Mateo County,” said Rico E. Medina, Chair of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. “The TA will continue to work with Caltrain and local communities to build grade separations and improve public safety and traffic conditions.” “Today is an important day in Bay Area history,” said MTC Chair Alfredo Pedroza. “Caltrain’s new electric trains are going to be a huge improvement for riders and will hopefully attract many more of them back to this great system serving the Peninsula and the South Bay.”   “We are always proud when a new audience is introduced to our trains,” said Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US. “Today, the Bay Area will see a modern train, designed for comfort, efficiency, and sustainability, and I hope they are similarly proud to be served by these trains.” “As leaders of the Innovation economy, SVLG members recognize that equitable access to safe and reliable public transit is vital to the competitiveness and livability of our region” said Ahmad Thomas, Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO. “We applaud Caltrain’s Equity Policy for ensuring that Bay Area residents of all walks of life can always have a seat onboard waiting for them.” “Every day, we’re seeing an increasingly congested Highway 101 as people continue to return to the office,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “Electrified rail service along one of the Bay Area’s most economically productive corridors will provide an environmentally responsible, efficient, reliable and fast mode of transportation.” “Despite the uncertainties of employees returning to the office or post-pandemic commute patterns, one thing is certain that electrifying Caltrain will deliver essential economic and environmental benefits for decades to come,“ said Rosanne Foust, SAMCEDA President and CEO. “These electric trains will improve service for riders of all generations and the opportunity to travel on a modern Caltrain system." “The electrification of Caltrain is one of the most important milestones in Caltrain’s history,” said Caltrain Board Chair Steve Heminger. “Being able to step onto the new trains for the first time makes me even more excited for the start of electrified service in 2024.” ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/849b7cf5-fea6-4ed0-b5a2-64e7ec549672 <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-service-san-jose-earthquakes-vs-la-galaxy" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Service to San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-service-san-jose-earthquakes-vs-la-galaxy The San Jose Earthquakes take on the LA Galaxy on Saturday, September 24, at 6:45 p.m. at Stanford Stadium. Fans looking to make it to the pitch by kickoff should plan on taking Caltrain. Caltrain is providing service to and from the Stanford Stadium Station for Saturday’s game, with two trains making that special stop for pre- and post-game. Outside of service to the station, Caltrain will be running its regular weekend service. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines or via mobile ticketing before boarding. Day Passes purchased through the mobile app are valid on the day of purchase through the end of the service day. Stanford Stadium Station does not have Clipper readers, but conductors will have hand-held readers to tag riders on and off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain encourages riders to wear a face covering while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/3112aeae-76b4-482b-809b-20dfd2af8be6 <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-service-san-jose-sharks-pre-season-games" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Service to San Jose Sharks Pre-season Games</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-service-san-jose-sharks-pre-season-games Sunday, September 25, the San Jose Sharks take to the ice for their first game of the preseason at SAP Center against the LA Kings. The puck drops at 4:00 p.m. at the SAP Center, and there is no better way to get to see the action live than Caltrain. Caltrain’s weekend schedule offers abundant service that will arrive in San Jose for the game. More information about Caltrain’s service for Sharks’ games is available here. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines or via mobile ticketing before boarding. Day Passes purchased through the mobile app are valid on the day of purchase through the end of the service day. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain encourages riders to wear a face covering while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/bf04fb5f-0261-4a0b-9acb-c3f2cec68802 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-service-49ers-levis-stadium" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Service for the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-service-49ers-levis-stadium As the San Francisco 49ers’ season gets underway, Caltrain, in partnership with BART and VTA, remains the fans’ choice for traveling to Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium to see the action in person. Fans heading to the first home game of the season can rely on Caltrain to get them to Levi’s Stadium before the 1:05 p.m. kickoff against the Seattle Seahawks. For pre- and post-game service, Caltrain will be operating its regular weekend service along the Peninsula. Fans can transfer to VTA light rail at the Mountain View Caltrain Station for continuing service to the stadium. Given the large crowds expected on game days, riders are encouraged to purchase a joint adult Caltrain + VTA Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines or via mobile ticketing before boarding. Day Passes purchased through the mobile app are valid on the day of purchase through the end of the service day. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain encourages riders to wear a face covering while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/3aa90177-5f9b-47aa-b01c-f784c4905982 <a href="/news/construction-begin-caltrains-bayshore-station-overpass-rehabilitation" hreflang="en">Construction to Begin at Caltrain’s Bayshore Station for Overpass Rehabilitation</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/construction-begin-caltrains-bayshore-station-overpass-rehabilitation On Monday, September 19, construction on Caltrain’s Bayshore Station Overpass Rehabilitation Project will begin. This will result in the partial closure of platforms that will affect how riders board and disembark from the train. The project will remove and replace the coating on the station’s pedestrian bridge and stairwells to ensure the overpass remains safe and fully functional for years to come. The overpass will remain open during construction. Half of the bridge will be under construction at a time to allow riders to pass through with minimal impacts. Clear signage will be posted to help with the detour through the stairs, elevator and bridge. Single tracking may occur due to the project, so riders are advised to follow Caltrain Alerts for the most-up to-date information. Riders disembarking at Bayshore Station must do so from the three northernmost cars on the train. Cyclists traveling to Bayshore Station must be on the northernmost bike car. Construction will include sandblasting, washing and painting the station, in order to remove and replace the coating on the station’s pedestrian bridge and stairwells. Construction is expected to take place between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as approximately three weeks of night work that will go from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Work activities include the use of a forklift, diesel generators for light towers, vehicle back-up alarms and hand-powered tools used to install the anchors for the scaffolding. Every effort will be made to minimize the noise as much as possible. The project is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The $6.87 million project is made possible through a combination of state and San Francisco Prop K funds. To sign up for the construction notice or for more information visit www.caltrain.com/BayshorePedBridge. For questions about the project, please call the Caltrain Customer Service at 800.660.4287 or email construction@caltrain.com ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/5909397e-5185-43ff-baeb-5de9bf5c3f2e <a href="/news/potential-freight-rail-strike-could-affect-caltrain-gilroy-service" hreflang="en">Potential Freight Rail Strike Could Affect Caltrain Gilroy Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/potential-freight-rail-strike-could-affect-caltrain-gilroy-service Caltrain riders in south Santa Clara County could be impacted by a labor strike involving freight railroads. In the event of a railroad strike, rail service on the Gilroy segment of the Caltrain corridor, which is owned by Union Pacific, would be suspended. This includes Capitol, Blossom Hill, Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy stations and southbound riders at Tamien Station. The Gilroy segment is served by three morning and three evening trips on weekdays. Service between Tamien and San Francisco Stations will be unaffected. Caltrain advises riders who use the Caltrain stations between Capitol and Gilroy to plan alternate transportation starting on Friday, September 16. Caltrain is working with VTA on potential bus bridge alternatives and will post additional information on the Caltrain website within the next few days. If a strike is called, freight and passenger operations on corridors managed by freight railroads will cease, including the Union Pacific rail lines that Caltrain uses to provide service from Tamien to and from Gilroy. Caltrain hopes that all parties will come to an agreement that avoids a service interruption. Caltrain is following this situation closely and will make an announcement through its social media channels in the event of a strike. Follow @CaltrainAlerts for the most up-to-date information. ###            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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/7cc90ea3-f3e4-46f6-9bd5-cd9fbab8315b <a href="/news/caltrain-improves-bart-connections-increases-san-francisco-and-south-san-francisco-service-new" hreflang="en">Caltrain Improves BART Connections, Increases San Francisco and South San Francisco Service with New Weekday Schedule</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-improves-bart-connections-increases-san-francisco-and-south-san-francisco-service-new Service adjusted to meet growing demand as more riders return to transit On September 12, Caltrain will begin running a new weekday schedule that reduces wait times for passengers connecting with BART in the evenings, while increasing service to the South San Francisco and 22nd Street stations.  BART and Caltrain evening connections will improve so riders will only have to wait between nine and 16 minutes at the Millbrae Transit Center. To accommodate Electrification Project construction work, all trains after 7 p.m. will have longer end-to-end travel times by an average of 13 minutes. The adjustment maintains the 104-train schedule that Caltrain operates every weekday, which is more service than pre-pandemic. During the peak morning and evening commute, two trains per hour per direction will stop at the newly renovated South San Francisco Station to provide increased service for the downtown area, Oyster Point employees and ferry riders. This will double the peak hour service to a station that has seen the highest ridership growth during the pandemic. Also during the southbound morning and northbound evening commute, additional limited trains will stop at the 22nd Street Station to provide increased service to better connect this station to Silicon Valley employment centers.  All riders should check the schedule online to see how their commute could be affected. The September PDF schedule is available here. Caltrain is offering a promotion of 20% off of monthly pass prices, valid now through June 2023. For shuttle service, visit www.caltrain.com/shuttles. More details on BART service can be found at www.bart.gov. Carrying passengers from San Francisco to Gilroy, Caltrain provides reliable, dependable and safe service for thousands of customers every day, transporting riders to job centers, neighborhood communities and special event sites throughout the San Francisco Peninsula. The agency is in the final stages of its transformative Electrification Project. The electrification of the Caltrain system will deliver major benefits to the communities that it serves. Electrification will reduce Caltrain’s greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the particulate matter caused by the aging diesel engines. Service will become more frequent and comfortable, as state-of-the-art electric trains replace the 30-year-old diesel fleet. Riders will be using the new electric trains by fall 2024. *** 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. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/4d77dfc7-6ed4-4b1b-b72e-4f77765d3bc6 <a href="/news/caltrain-deliver-extra-service-during-lady-gaga-concert" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Deliver Extra Service During Lady Gaga Concert</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-deliver-extra-service-during-lady-gaga-concert   Media Contact: Mahmoud Abunie, 650.730.6201 There are a “Million Reasons” why fans of Lady Gaga should consider taking Caltrain to her concert tomorrow night at Oracle Park. Caltrain will be running an additional train on Thursday, September 8, for the Lady Gaga concert. The extra train will depart San Francisco Station after the end of the concert or when full and no later than 11:30 p.m. making all stops until San Jose Diridon Station. The last train will depart at 12:05 a.m. Riders are encouraged to check the schedule for service to and from Oracle Park to ensure they are at the platform with a paid ticket before trains arrive and depart. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Riders using the mobile app must purchase their ticket on the day of the game for it to be valid. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain encourages riders to wear a face covering while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                        ###                                                           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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. abuniem https://www.caltrain.com/f57283f6-7b98-42a5-9cf9-544157db812b <a href="/news/caltrain-board-proclaims-september-rail-safety-suicide-prevention-month-2" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Proclaims September Rail Safety & Suicide Prevention Month</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-proclaims-september-rail-safety-suicide-prevention-month-2 Media Contact: Tasha Bartholomew, 650.339.5257 For most people living and working along the rail corridor, the sight of Caltrain operating daily service up and down the Peninsula is commonplace. However, complacency around a heavy commuter train and relatively open access to the rails often leads to tragedy. To highlight the importance of safety around train tracks and the high rate of intentional deaths on the rails, the Caltrain Board of Directors adopted a proclamation designating September as Railroad Safety &amp; Suicide Prevention Month during its monthly meeting. “This proclamation reaffirms Caltrain’s commitment to provide safe and efficient daily train service between San Francisco and Gilroy,” said Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “At Caltrain, safety is our highest priority. While we recognize September as Rail Safety &amp; Suicide Prevention Month, our commitment to safety is a year-round effort.” In honor of Rail Safety &amp; Suicide Prevention Month, Caltrain is launching a new, nationwide public service announcement (PSA) today, September 7, in partnership with Operation Lifesaver, an international model program for rail safety education and awareness. The video entitled “Stop Track Tragedies,” shares the powerful stories of survivors and family members to help prevent future tragedies on the railroad. The PSA is available on Vimeo and other Caltrain social media platforms. On Tuesday, September 20, Caltrain and the Transit Police unit will be doing a Rail Safety Blitz event to educate commuters onboard trains, as well as drivers and pedestrians at specified grade crossings with rail safety educational brochures. Also, the railroad has historically collaborated with suicide prevention agencies to prevent intentional deaths on the rails by posting crisis hotline signage at points all along the corridor and partnering with local behavioral and mental health organizations in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Caltrain addresses safety through a comprehensive, ongoing program that focuses on the “Three E’s” of railroad safety – Education, Engineering and Enforcement. For the last 18 years, Caltrain has planned or participated in an annual rail safety event in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver. Since 2009, California Operation Lifesaver has declared September as Rail Safety Month. As one of the nonprofit organization’s community partners, Caltrain joins in their efforts to promote rail safety initiatives. To be a part of the conversation during Rail Safety &amp; Suicide Prevention Month, passengers and local residents can pick a favorite safety tip and share it on social media with #CaltrainSafe and #RailSafety. Examples of tips:   If you encounter an emergency on Caltrain or see something suspicious, call the Transit Police at 1.877.SAF.RAIL (1.877.723.7245). A typical Caltrain train can take nearly a mile to stop, even when emergency brakes are applied. It is never safe to stop closer than 15 feet from the rails, and a train is at least three feet wider than tracks on both sides. Only cross Caltrain tracks at designated crossings when it is safe to do so. While it might not be the quickest route, it is the safest. For more information, visit www.caltrain.com/rider-information/safety-security. ###   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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain.   Free translation assistance is available.   Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. bartholomewt https://www.caltrain.com/e5b55b70-1c57-45fd-a1c7-a3197d08ecf7 <a href="/news/caltrain-deliver-extra-service-during-stadium-tour-concert" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Deliver Extra Service During Stadium Tour Concert</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-deliver-extra-service-during-stadium-tour-concert   Media Contact: Mahmoud Abunie, 650.730.6201 Caltrain will be running an additional train on Wednesday, September 7, for the Stadium Tour concert featuring: Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett &amp; The Blackhearts at Oracle Park. The extra train will depart San Francisco Station after the end of the concert or when full and no later than 11:30 p.m. making all stops until San Jose Diridon Station. The last train will depart at 12:05 a.m. Riders are encouraged to check the schedule for service to and from Oracle Park to ensure they are at the platform with a paid ticket before trains arrive and depart. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Riders using the mobile app must purchase their ticket on the day of the game for it to be valid. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain encourages riders to wear a face covering while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                        ###                                                           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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. abuniem https://www.caltrain.com/4de28fa4-2b9c-456b-b6ef-6001299480fa <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-vs-colgate-saturday" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Service to Stanford vs. Colgate this Saturday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-vs-colgate-saturday The Cardinal take on the Colgate Red Raiders on Saturday, September 3, at 5 p.m. As always, college football fans can count on Caltrain to deliver them to and from the game. Caltrain is providing service to and from the Palo Alto Station for Saturday’s game. There will be no service to the Stanford Stadium Station. Fans can find more train service details for the entire season on Caltrain’s website. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines or via mobile ticketing before boarding. Day Passes purchased through the mobile app are valid on the day of purchase through the end of the service day. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain encourages riders to wear a face covering while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/a416e66b-8b96-4a83-b2f4-e771a5aaf6e5 <a href="/news/caltrain-operate-weekend-schedule-labor-day-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Operate Weekend Schedule for Labor Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-operate-weekend-schedule-labor-day-0 Caltrain will operate a weekend schedule in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 5.  The last northbound train of the day will depart Tamien Station at 11:05 p.m. and San Jose Diridon Station at 11:12 p.m. The last southbound train of the day will leave from San Francisco Station at 12:05 a.m. For more information about Caltrain Holiday Service or help planning a trip, passengers can call the Customer Service Center at 1.800.660.4287 or visit www.caltrain.com. The Customer Service Center is open on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain, will be closed on Labor 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/59f47dce-c2fe-4faf-86a3-dc43eabe8cb3 <a href="/news/caltrain-and-pge-celebrate-major-milestone-electrification-project" hreflang="en">Caltrain and PG&E Celebrate Major Milestone of Electrification Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-and-pge-celebrate-major-milestone-electrification-project Media Contacts: Dan Lieberman (Caltrain), 650-622-2492, Mayra Tostado (PG&amp;E), 408-598-6740 Energization of transformative undertaking completed this past weekend For the first time, the Caltrain Traction Power Substation in San Jose was energized with power from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&amp;E), a major milestone in the Caltrain Electrification Project that will allow Caltrain to run tests at its facility and along the corridor. “This is a critical step forward in the Caltrain Electrification project, signifying power availability along a six-mile stretch of the corridor between Santa Clara and San Jose,” said Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “Before activating this southern segment, we are ensuring that all employees and contractors receive the necessary safety awareness training to work in electrified territory. Availability of power will enable us to begin testing and commissioning the overhead contact system and new EMU trains. We want to thank PG&amp;E for their help and coordination with this complex undertaking.” “With this energization, PG&amp;E is proud to help Caltrain modernize and electrify a critical transportation link for the Bay Area and California as a whole,” said Ahmad Ababneh, PG&amp;E Electric Operations Vice President of Projects and Construction. “We couldn’t have achieved this important milestone without the tenacity and nimbleness of the entire PG&amp;E team who worked together to safely construct and upgrade numerous facilities including substations and transmission lines to support Caltrain’s project.” Caltrain’s substation in San Jose is also one of two main substations along the Caltrain corridor, with the other one being in South San Francisco. Together, with eight other smaller facilities along the corridor, power substations provide, distribute, and regulate electricity to the overhead wires which will power Caltrain’s new high-performance electric trains. PG&amp;E’s work to complete the project for Caltrain was substantial and needed to be safely conducted while maintaining reliable service to more than 20,000 customers also served by the existing infrastructure. The infrastructure upgrades from PG&amp;E include: Construction of two, double-circuit 115 kV transmission connections from the East Grand Substation in South San Francisco and the FMC Substation in San Jose to Caltrain traction power stations in those communities. Rebuilt the East Grand and FMC substations that enabled PG&amp;E to support Caltrain’s request for redundant transmission feeds. Additional upgrades to three PG&amp;E and two third-party remote end substations. As Caltrain crews continue to install more poles and wire for the electrification system, Caltrain is embarking on a public outreach campaign to educate passengers, residents, and businesses about best safety practices along the corridor. The agency has sent out mailers, hosted community meetings and embarked on social media campaigns to remind everyone that all overhead wires on Caltrain property should be assumed to be energized now. More safety information about Caltrain Electrification is available here.  The electrification of the Caltrain system will deliver major benefits to the communities that it serves. Electrification will reduce Caltrain’s greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the particulate matter caused by the aging diesel engines. Engine noise created by the trains will also be reduced. Service will become both more frequent and more comfortable, as state-of-the-art electric trains replace the 30-year-old diesel fleet. Caltrain electrification has also created thousands of jobs locally and throughout the country, both to electrify the corridor and to assemble the new trains. The infrastructure that is being installed will be compatible with future high-speed rail on the corridor. The Caltrain Electrification Project is expected to be completed in 2024. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. About PG&amp;E:  PG&amp;E, a subsidiary of PG&amp;E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news. Follow PG&amp;E: on Currents, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube  liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/d3f97f78-55b4-4a05-8f9e-6a6f3f014f52 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-weekend-service-see-weeknd-levisr-stadium" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Weekend Service to See The Weeknd at Levi’s® Stadium </a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-weekend-service-see-weeknd-levisr-stadium Anyone with tickets to see The Weeknd at Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium this Saturday, August 27, can take Caltrain rather than sitting in traffic staring at blinding brake lights. For pre- and post-concert service, Caltrain will be operating its regular weekend service along the Peninsula. Attendees can transfer to VTA light rail at the Mountain View Caltrain Station for continuing service to the stadium. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a joint adult Caltrain + VTA Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines or via mobile ticketing before boarding. Day Passes purchased through the mobile app are valid on the day of purchase through the end of the service day. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain encourages riders to wear a face covering while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/34315618-c51b-4e1f-a150-5fbdd8a5a8a2 <a href="/news/caltrains-third-and-fourth-electric-trainsets-arrive" hreflang="en">Caltrain’s Third and Fourth Electric Trainsets Arrive</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrains-third-and-fourth-electric-trainsets-arrive The new state-of-the-art vehicles will be put into service in 2024 Caltrain’s third and fourth electric trainsets have arrived at the Centralized Equipment and Maintenance Facility (CEMOF) in San Jose. These trains will go into service in 2024, and until then will be tested to ensure they and the infrastructure they will rely upon, are in good working order. The new high-performance trains, known as Electrical Multiple Units (EMUs), will offer a better service to Caltrain riders. Each trainset will have seven cars, as opposed to the current five or six. EMUs also accelerate and decelerate faster than diesel trains, which must be pulled by a locomotive. These electric motors also generate much less noise than their diesel equivalent, making the trip more enjoyable both for riders and residents that live near Caltrain tracks. The EMUs also offer enhanced amenities, including new digital onboard displays, power outlets at each forward-facing seat, a new seat color palette selected by the public, energy-efficient lighting, coat hooks, security cameras, and expanded storage under the cantilevered seats. The EMUs were built by Stadler US at their facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. After the EMUs were assembled, they were sent to a test facility in Pueblo, Colo. where they were tested at high speeds as required by the Federal Railroad Administration. Those interested in seeing more of the EMUs can take a virtual tour, which Caltrain launched in October 2020. The Caltrain Electrification project will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service and minimize long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.249 Photo credit: Brad Fick liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/a861208f-f16f-49fb-b99f-4d1146460913 <a href="/news/caltrain-hosting-meeting-energization-san-jose-santa-clara" hreflang="en">Caltrain Hosting Meeting on Energization in San Jose, Santa Clara</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hosting-meeting-energization-san-jose-santa-clara Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 On Thursday, August 18, Caltrain will host a virtual community meeting on Caltrain electrification and the energization of the San Jose and Santa Clara portions of the system that is expected later this month. The energization of the traction power substation and overhead wires in San Jose and Santa Clara is planned for the end of August. This power will be used to test the new electric trains later this fall. The meeting will outline the project schedule going forward, inform attendees on how to stay safe around the newly-energized overhead wires and answer any questions the public may have. Virtual Community Meeting Thursday, August 18, 2022, 6:00-7:00 p.m. https://bit.ly/CaltrainEnergization Meeting ID: 871 8213 0334 Phone: US: +1 877 853 5257 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 commuter system. Caltrain will be launching a public safety campaign, focused on educating the public as to how to stay safe around the new electric infrastructure. More information can be found at www.caltrain.com/safety. The project will improve the customer experience by increasing the number of trains, modernizing service and adding new safety elements. 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 address equity challenges along the corridor by reducing noise pollution in neighboring communities, while setting the framework for California’s High Speed Rail network. For translation or interpretation assistance, call Caltrain at 1.800.660.4287 at least three days before the meeting. For more information or to sign up for project updates, visit www.caltrain.com/electrification. For questions call Caltrain Customer Service at 1-800-660-4287 or send an email to calmod@caltrain.com.  ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/e252cc79-e8ab-4e3b-b23c-204e5d581faa <a href="/news/caltrain-completes-second-clearance-test-electric-trains-along-corridor" hreflang="en">Caltrain Completes Second Clearance Test for Electric Trains Along Corridor</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-completes-second-clearance-test-electric-trains-along-corridor Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 Caltrain’s first electric trainset underwent further clearance testing this weekend from San Jose Diridon Station to San Francisco Station. This test is to ensure that the trains and tracks meet all clearance requirements for the electric trains to operate safely along the Corridor. The train was outfitted with foam rubber padding to simulate the dynamic envelope of the trains to simulate the maximum clearance area of an electric trainset as it traveled along the corridor at five miles per hour, pulled by a diesel locomotive. No major problems arose over the course of the second test, and no further clearance testing is planned until the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) is fully installed. The next major test for the new electric trains should take place later this year, when the trains will operate under its own power via the OCS. Electric trains will offer a better service to Caltrain riders. Each trainset will have seven cars, as opposed to the current five to six. These vehicles accelerate and decelerate faster than diesel trains, as the power is distributed throughout the train, while older cars must be pulled by a locomotive. These electric trains also generate much less noise than their diesel equivalent, making the trip more enjoyable for both riders and residents that live near Caltrain tracks. The new trains also offer enhanced amenities, including new digital onboard displays, power outlets at each forward-facing seat, a new seat color palette selected by the public, energy-efficient lighting, coat hooks, security cameras, and expanded storage under the cantilevered seats. The Caltrain Electrification project will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service and minimize long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/480d9642-64af-4465-b58d-9f80687c036b <a href="/news/caltrain-delivers-fans-49ers-preseason-games-levisr-stadium-1" hreflang="en">Caltrain Delivers Fans to 49ers’ Preseason Games at Levi’s® Stadium</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-delivers-fans-49ers-preseason-games-levisr-stadium-1 Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 As the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason approaches, Caltrain, in partnership with BART and VTA, remains the fans’ choice for traveling to Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium to see the action in person. For pre- and post-game service, Caltrain will be operating its regular weekday service along the Peninsula. Fans can transfer to VTA light rail at the Mountain View Caltrain Station for continuing service to the stadium. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a joint adult Caltrain + VTA Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines or via mobile ticketing before boarding. Day Passes purchased through the mobile app are valid on the day of purchase through the end of the service day. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain encourages riders to wear a face covering while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/faefa5f7-ac43-4ffc-ad0e-971fdc9cfb50 <a href="/news/caltrain-governance-compromise-accepted-all-partner-agencies" hreflang="en">Caltrain Governance Compromise Accepted by All Partner Agencies</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-governance-compromise-accepted-all-partner-agencies Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) voted unanimously to accept Caltrain’s Governance Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last night, the last of Caltrain’s member agencies to accept the proposal. The MOU establishes a permanent, separate Executive Director position for the agency, as well as five Caltrain-specific direct reports, while the San Mateo County Transit District (District) will be repaid for its initial investment in Caltrain. “With all of our partners in agreement, we are again a united Caltrain,” said Caltrain Board Chair Steve Heminger. “We will now turn our full attention to delivering quality rail service to the people of the Bay Area, and electrifying the corridor to provide the modern, green Caltrain that the Bay Area deserves.” Under this new agreement, the new Executive Director will report directly to the Caltrain Board of Directors, rather than the District’s General Manager/CEO. Five new positions have been created that will report directly to the Executive Director. The District will be repaid ($19.8M) for its initial investment in Caltrain, along with additional resources ($15.2M) for the delay in payment of the $19.8M and the District’s agreement to assign some of its rights as managing agency to Caltrain.  The District will relinquish certain real property interests related to Caltrain and will continue to provide it with shared services.   The MOU has already been unanimously accepted by the Caltrain Board of Directors, the SamTrans Board of Directors, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/85df8341-f5d8-40ac-8375-e8ba1876cc40 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-connections-outside-lands-festival" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Connections to Outside Lands Festival</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-connections-outside-lands-festival Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 The Outside Lands Festival ranks as one of the greatest events San Francisco has to offer, and Caltrain will be able help attendees connect with Muni and get to the show without the hassle of parking. Set in historical Golden Gate Park, this year’s festival has features headliners Green Day, Post Malone and SZA and will take place from Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7.  After taking Caltrain to the San Francisco station at 4th and King Streets, festival-goers can easily make their way toward Golden Gate Park by hopping onto Muni’s N-Judah line.  Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines or via mobile ticketing before boarding. Day Passes purchased through the mobile app are valid on the day of purchase through the end of the service day. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/1ef9690a-6759-4713-98fa-9f3ec87682c6 <a href="/news/caltrain-celebrates-us-senates-10-million-electrification-project" hreflang="en">Caltrain Celebrates U.S. Senate’s $10 Million for Electrification Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-celebrates-us-senates-10-million-electrification-project Funding support part of Senate Appropriation Bill Caltrain today applauded the release of the United State Senate’s FY 2023 Transportation, Housing and Urban Developments (THUD) bill, which includes $10 million in funding for the agency’s Electrification Project. The Senate THUD bill will eventually be conferenced with the House-passed version before being signed into law.  “We want to thank Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla for their leadership and continued support of this project. We are incredibly grateful to have such committed champions advocating on our behalf,” said Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “Federal allocations like these help Caltrain stay on track to be serving passengers on a modernized system that will not only provide improved service but helps fight climate change.” Caltrain electrification currently faces a $410 million shortfall, making any funding contributions critical to helping Caltrain complete the project by 2024. In addition to the $10 million Federal support from the THUD bill, Caltrain is eligible for funding through California’s historic transportation package. Over the coming months, Caltrain will be allowed to apply to receive funding from that funding pot. The electrification of the Caltrain system will deliver major benefits to the communities that it serves. Electrification will reduce Caltrain’s greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the particulate matter by replacing caused by the aging diesel engines. Service will become both more frequent and more comfortable, as state-of-the-art electric trains replace the 30-year-old diesel fleet. The project has also created thousands of jobs locally and throughout the country, both to electrify the corridor and to assemble the new trains. Electrified service will lay the foundation to meet Caltrain’s goal of tripling capacity by 2040, the equivalent of carrying 5.5 lanes to U.S. Highway 101. The infrastructure that is being installed will be compatible with future high-speed rail on the corridor. The Caltrain Electrification Project is expected to be completed in 2024. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650-622-2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/48140b49-343f-4aa5-bb20-8136a8406a44 <a href="/news/caltrain-provides-service-red-hot-chili-peppers-levis-stadium" hreflang="en">Caltrain Provides Service to Red Hot Chili Peppers at Levi’s Stadium</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-provides-service-red-hot-chili-peppers-levis-stadium Fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers heading to their concert at Levi’s Stadium Friday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m., can rely on Caltrain and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to get them to and from the show. Stress about traffic and parking? Give it away, now. Caltrain will be operating its regular weekday service along the Peninsula. Fans can transfer to VTA light rail at the Mountain View Caltrain Station for continuing service to the stadium. Following the concert, Caltrain’s last northbound train will depart Mountain View at 11:33 p.m., while the last southbound train departs at 1:18 a.m. Riders traveling northbound would need to catch VTA light rail by 11:00 p.m. to make the connection with Caltrain. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines or via mobile ticketing before boarding. Day Passes purchased through the mobile app are valid on the day of purchase through the end of the service day. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Caltrain recommends riders wear masks while on board. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/6ceb96cc-0912-4425-95d5-2b6ef23fd0ef <a href="/news/caltrain-provides-extra-post-game-service-real-madrid-vs-club-america" hreflang="en">Caltrain Provides Extra Post-Game Service to Real Madrid vs. Club America</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-provides-extra-post-game-service-real-madrid-vs-club-america If your goal is to be in Oracle Park when Real Madrid CF takes on Club America on Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m., Caltrain should be your ride. Caltrain provides frequent weekday service to San Francisco Station, a short walk from Oracle Park where all the action will take place. Riders are encouraged to check the schedule for service to and from the park to ensure they are at the platform with a paid ticket before trains arrive and depart. Prior to the game, Caltrain is running four northbound trains per hour, so riders will have multiple options to suit their needs. Caltrain will be running an additional train that will depart San Francisco Station 15 minutes after the end of the game or when full, expressing to Millbrae and making all stops until San Jose Diridon Station. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines or via mobile ticketing before boarding. Day Passes purchased through the mobile app are valid on the day of purchase through the end of the service day. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/8f96d47d-11e2-41e9-ac22-60e0c0177b3e <a href="/news/caltrains-first-electric-trainset-tests-clearance-along-corridor" hreflang="en">Caltrain’s First Electric Trainset Tests Clearance Along Corridor</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrains-first-electric-trainset-tests-clearance-along-corridor Caltrain’s first electric trainset underwent clearance testing this weekend along the corridor between Santa Clara and Tamien Stations. This test is to ensure that the trains meets all clearance requirements to operate safely along the Corridor. The train was outfitted with foam rubber padding to simulate the dynamic envelope of the trains to simulate the maximum clearance area of an electric trainset as it traveled along the corridor at five miles per hour, pulled by a diesel locomotive. No major problems arose over the course of testing, and further clearance testing will be conducted throughout the rest of the corridor in the near future. The next test for the new electric trains is expected to take place later this year, when the trains will operate under its own power via the Overhead Catenary System (OCS). Electric trains will offer a better service to Caltrain riders. Each trainset will have seven cars, as opposed to the current five or six. These vehicles accelerate and decelerate faster than diesel trains, as eight motors are distributed throughout the train, while older cars must be pulled by a locomotive. These electric motors also generate much less noise than their diesel equivalent, making the trip more enjoyable both for riders and residents that live near Caltrain tracks. The new trains also offer enhanced amenities, including new digital onboard displays, power outlets at each forward-facing seat, a new seat color palette selected by the public, energy-efficient lighting, coat hooks, security cameras, and expanded storage under the cantilevered seats. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service and minimize long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/109f938b-fcb6-4316-87d9-8284b888cc3b <a href="/news/caltrain-hosting-meeting-broadway-burlingame-grade-separation-project" hreflang="en">Caltrain Hosting Meeting on Broadway Burlingame Grade Separation Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hosting-meeting-broadway-burlingame-grade-separation-project Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 On Wednesday, July 13, Caltrain will host a virtual community meeting on the Broadway Burlingame Grade Separation Project to discuss aesthetics. The Broadway railroad crossing has high traffic volumes, resulting in some of the worst traffic congestion in the region. The Burlingame City Council approved a preferred design alternative in 2017 that will separate the train tracks from the road; improve safety and access for all modes; reduce train gate down-time and horn noise; improve overall system operations; and improve traffic flow. The project will also construct a new elevated Broadway Station with updated amenities that better serve the community. Virtual Community Meeting Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 6:30 p.m. https://bit.ly/39PNst8 Meeting ID: 886 9214 7896 Phone: US: +1 669 900 6833 Password: 814568   Residents can submit their thoughts on the project to a feedback survey that will go live on Wednesday, July 13, and will be available until midnight on Wednesday, July 20, at www.burlingame.org/business_detail_T54_R64.php. For translation or interpretation assistance, call Caltrain at 1.800.660.4287 at least three days before the meeting. For more information or to sign up for project updates, visit www.caltrain.com/BBGS. For questions call Caltrain Customer Service at 1-800-660-4287 or send an email to BBGS@Caltrain.com. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/b4fed716-8526-4bd7-aac5-1b943cf7bbb9 <a href="/news/caltrain-praises-historic-transportation-funding-package-state-budget" hreflang="en">Caltrain Praises Historic Transportation Funding Package in State Budget </a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-praises-historic-transportation-funding-package-state-budget Nearly $11 billion dedicated for state transportation programs, including a $900 million pot specifically for projects like Caltrain electrification Caltrain officials celebrated the enactment of the Fiscal Year 2022-23 California Budget Act, which includes a historic $10.9 billion funding package for state transportation programs, including the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP). Within the TIRCP is a $900 million minimum set-aside for capital projects like the Caltrain Electrification Project, scheduled to be complete by 2024. ​​“We applaud the collaboration and leadership of Governor Newsom and the State Legislature on their historic $10.9 billion funding package for California’s public transportation systems, which will provide unprecedented levels of support for critical transit projects,” said Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “We want to thank Assemblymembers Phil Ting, Kevin Mullin and Marc Berman, Senators Nancy Skinner and Josh Becker, Senate and Assembly Leadership, and every member of our local delegation for advocating on behalf of these crucial transportation investments. Because of their continued support, we are on the verge of a fully funded, soon-to-be completed Caltrain Electrification Project.” As noted above, the new budget includes $1.5 billion for TIRCP projects in Northern California and of that amount, at least $900 million is reserved for projects like Caltrain Electrification. Over the coming months, the exact amount will be determined. Caltrain electrification currently faces a $410 million shortfall and support from the state budget will be critical to helping Caltrain complete the project by 2024. The electrification of the Caltrain system will deliver major benefits to the communities that it serves. Electrification will reduce Caltrain’s greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the particulate matter caused by the aging diesel engines. Service will become both more frequent and more comfortable, as state-of-the-art electric trains replace the 30-year-old diesel fleet. The project has also created thousands of jobs locally and throughout the country, both to electrify the corridor and to assemble the new trains. Electrified service will lay the foundation to meet Caltrain’s goal of tripling capacity by 2040, the equivalent of carrying 5.5 lanes to U.S. Highway 101. The infrastructure that is being installed will be compatible with future high-speed rail on the corridor. The Caltrain Electrification Project is expected to be completed in 2024. In addition to the $900 million set-aside for transit initiatives like Caltrain electrification, the FY 2022-23 Budget Act includes $3 million for wireless crossing technology for Caltrain, thanks to Assembly Member Marc Berman. This funding will help improve gate-down times at Caltrain crossings. Overall, the $10.9 billion package includes new investments in public transit, grade separations, freight movement, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and climate adaptation projects. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/70b06260-4ccd-4375-a6c3-f7a1b2aa8626 <a href="/news/news-caltrain-begins-construction-bayshore-station-overpass" hreflang="en">NEWS: Caltrain Begins Construction on Bayshore Station Overpass</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/news-caltrain-begins-construction-bayshore-station-overpass    NEWS   July 1, 2022 Media Contact: Mahmoud Abunie, 650-730-6201 Caltrain Begins Construction on Bayshore Station Overpass On Tuesday, July 5, work on Caltrain’s Bayshore Station Overpass Rehabilitation Project will begin. This project will ensure the overpass remains safe and functional for years to come. Work in July will include setting up a temporary containment system that will allow the use of the pedestrian bridge, station, and train tracks at all times and protect passengers and the community from dust, and debris from construction activities. This project will remove and replace the coating on the station’s pedestrian bridge and stairwells. Construction is expected to begin the first week of August, including sand blasting, washing, and painting from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The project is expected to be completed by November of this year. The overpass will remain open to pedestrians during construction, with half the walkway under construction at a time. The $6.87 million project is made possible through a combination of state and San Francisco Prop K funds. To sign up for the construction notice or for more information visit www.caltrain.com/BayshorePedBridge. For questions about the project, please call the Caltrain Customer Service at 800.660.4287 or email construction@caltrain.com ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. abuniem https://www.caltrain.com/e31a1428-723d-4ee2-a82f-8d1593ae49bf <a href="/news/caltrain-offer-additional-service-fourth-july" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Offer Additional Service On Fourth of July </a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offer-additional-service-fourth-july Caltrain will provide service on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day, including two extra southbound trains leaving after the end of the fireworks. Caltrain will operate a weekend schedule for the holiday. Riders planning to attend the festivities in San Francisco can ride Caltrain to the San Francisco Station and either walk or connect to MUNI for service to and from the waterfront. The extra special event trains will depart after the end of the fireworks show, as soon as they become full. The last train departs San Francisco Station at 12:05 a.m. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Riders using the mobile app must purchase their ticket on July 4 for it to be valid. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain Holiday Service or for help planning your trip, call Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/748824e5-dad2-47b6-a306-07f10bf12374 <a href="/news/caltrain-deliver-giants-fans-fireworks-night" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Deliver Giants Fans to Fireworks Night</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-deliver-giants-fans-fireworks-night The San Francisco Giants take on the Chicago White Sox at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, July 1, after which they will put on a fireworks show. Caltrain will be providing service to San Francisco Station, a short walk from Oracle Park where all the action will take place. Riders are encouraged to check the schedule for service to and from the park to ensure they are at the platform with a paid ticket before trains arrive and depart. Caltrain will be running an additional train that will depart San Francisco Station 15 minutes after the end of the fireworks or when full, expressing to Millbrae and making all stops until San Jose Diridon Station. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use Clipper to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Riders using the mobile app must purchase their ticket on the day of the game for it to be valid. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/d746fe08-ddc7-4fe3-a5d1-667992f9976e <a href="/news/caltrain-governance-compromise-advances" hreflang="en">Caltrain Governance Compromise Advances</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-governance-compromise-advances Caltrain’s Board of Directors approved a new Governance Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a special meeting today. The MOU establishes a permanent, separate Executive Director position for the agency, as well as five Caltrain-specific direct reports, while the San Mateo County Transit District (District) will be repaid for its initial investment in Caltrain. “This agreement allows us to move forward as a united Caltrain,” said Caltrain Board Chair Steve Heminger. “With electrification around the corner and ridership returning to the system, we can now turn our full attention to delivering quality rail service to the people of the Bay Area.” Under this new agreement, the new Executive Director will report directly to the Caltrain Board of Directors, rather than the District’s General Manager/CEO. Five new positions have been created that will report directly to the Executive Director. The District will be repaid ($19.8M) for its initial investment in Caltrain, along with additional resources ($15.2M) for the delay in payment of the $19.8M and the District’s agreement to assign some of its rights as managing agency to Caltrain.  The District will relinquish certain real property interests related to Caltrain and will continue to provide it with shared services.   The SamTrans Board of Directors voted to accept the MOU on Tuesday, June 21. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has scheduled a vote for Tuesday, July 19, with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voting on Tuesday, July 26. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has scheduled a vote for Thursday, August 4. ###                           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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/7db1bf4a-dc02-47d2-b066-27ea005def3a <a href="/news/ride-caltrain-sf-pride-parade-celebration-0" hreflang="en">Ride Caltrain to SF Pride Parade & Celebration </a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/ride-caltrain-sf-pride-parade-celebration-0 Media Contact: Mahmoud Abunie, 650-730-6201 Ride Caltrain to SF Pride Parade &amp; Celebration Caltrain is proud to offer extra train service on Sunday morning, June 26, to accommodate crowds heading to the 52nd annual San Francisco Pride Parade and Festival. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Beale and Market streets and the festival will take place at Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Caltrain will operate two northbound special event trains departing San Jose Diridon station at 7:43 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. respectively. The extra trains will be posted on Caltrain’s visual message signs at stations as #605 and #607. Caltrain will also provide additional southbound train capacity after the event, as needed. There will be a Giants game on the day of the parade, to save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the Caltrain mobile app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. In addition to Sunday’s extra service, Caltrain ambassadors will be onboard the extra northbound morning trains departing San Jose Diridon Station between 7:43 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. offering free custom “Ride with Pride” stickers while supplies last. To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   abuniem https://www.caltrain.com/da2d536d-b8d1-4bba-b3e8-716486cf3e43 <a href="/news/take-caltrain-warriors-championship-parade" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to the Warriors Championship Parade</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-warriors-championship-parade Bay Area basketball fans looking to celebrate the Warriors’ Finals victory can depend on Caltrain to deliver them to the Championship Parade on Monday, June 20. The parade kicks off at 11:20 a.m. at Market Street and Main Street in San Francisco, and Caltrain will be running its regular weekday schedule with extra capacity on trains going to the parade. Fans can take Caltrain to the San Francisco Station, where they can walk or take MUNI to the parade route. Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app or use a Clipper card to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Riders using the mobile app must purchase their ticket on the day of the parade for it to be valid. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ###                           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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/48c62e9b-1088-478d-a098-99807d2e46c8 <a href="/news/news-caltrain-recognizes-lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-and-queer-pride-month" hreflang="en">NEWS: Caltrain Recognizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/news-caltrain-recognizes-lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-and-queer-pride-month  NEWS June 10, 2022 Media Contact: Mahmoud Abunie, 650.730.6201 Caltrain Board Recognizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month The Caltrain of Directors passed a resolution honoring Pride Month at its June meeting. Pride Month is a time to reflect and appreciate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) people and communities to reaffirm its commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. Caltrain will continue to support the efforts to ensure all people are treated equitable and equal.  Caltrain commits to providing an inclusive community for employees and those within its service area by eradicating discrimination, harassment, bullying, and hate speech, and by standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ people and all those who have historically been marginalized for any reason. Caltrain will offer enhanced service ahead of this year’s 2022 Pride Parade in San Francisco on June 26. For trip planning information, visit www.caltrain.com or contact our Customer Service Center at 1.800.660.4287. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. abuniem https://www.caltrain.com/2a2376fc-e567-4c1b-bd32-7f63b178317b <a href="/news/take-caltrain-san-mateo-county-fair" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to the San Mateo County Fair</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-san-mateo-county-fair Media Contact: Tasha Bartholomew, 650.339.5257 The San Mateo County Fair is coming to the San Mateo County Event Center this weekend and Caltrain is a great way get to one of summer’s most popular events. Caltrain is a sponsor of the fair, which runs through Saturday, June 12, and opens at 11 a.m. Peninsula residents can get to the fair by taking Caltrain to the new Hillsdale Caltrain Station, which is a short distance along Delaware Street to the fairgrounds main entrance. The Caltrain booth will be located near the South Delaware Street entrance. Staff will be on site to discuss trip planning options accessible by train, rail safety education and to talk fair-goers about some of the rail agency’s current projects, such as Caltrain Electrification. Human Resources will also be available to discuss job opportunities with the rail agency. Anyone who visits the booth may receive a squishy Caltrain toy train, branded face covering, or flashing safety light, while supplies last. For schedule and fare information or for help planning your trip, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. bartholomewt https://www.caltrain.com/429703ad-a47b-402d-8d2a-f024f310b44e <a href="/news/caltrain-board-directors-approves-operating-and-capital-budgets-2" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board of Directors Approves Operating and Capital Budgets</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-directors-approves-operating-and-capital-budgets-2 Caltrain’s Board of Directors approved its operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 at the rail agency’s monthly board meeting. The $179.2 million operating budget approved by the Board includes $46.5 million in farebox revenues. For the second year in a row, Caltrain assumes it will receive no contributions from Caltrain’s three partners—the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and the City and County of San Francisco for the operating budget. The operating budget relies on Measure RR, gradual ridership recovery, and utilization of State Transit Assistance (STA) carryforward funds. The operating budget will continue to fund Caltrain’s highest ever level of service as the agency works to restore its ridership to pre-pandemic levels.       Caltrain’s $90.9 million capital budget will be funded through a combination of federal, regional and state grants, local funding and member agency funding. The Caltrain capital budget covers long-term infrastructure improvement and maintenance projects including maintenance work on stations and intermodal access, right of way signals and communications, and rolling stock. The capital budget also includes additional funding for the Guadalupe River Bridge Replacement Project, the San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project, right of way fencing, the Track Tie Replacement Project, and the general state of good repair for the system at large. The FY2023 begins on July 1, 2022 and ends on June 30, 2023. ### 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. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/627751dd-9bd7-49ac-8a11-0e2625a8774e <a href="/news/caltrain-run-weekend-schedule-memorial-day" hreflang="en">Caltrain To Run Weekend Schedule on Memorial Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-run-weekend-schedule-memorial-day Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, and Caltrain stands ready to get riders where they need to go. Caltrain will operate on a weekend schedule for the holiday. Visit the Caltrain Holiday Service page for all holiday service information. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos, will be closed on Memorial Day. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/0a8fad23-2bd3-4677-8dd5-baed9cd8eb15 <a href="/news/caltrain-completes-mid-county-signal-construction-returns-regular-schedule-may-23" hreflang="en">Caltrain Completes Mid-County Signal Construction, Returns to Regular Schedule May 23</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-completes-mid-county-signal-construction-returns-regular-schedule-may-23 On Monday, May 23, Caltrain will return to its regular schedule, with 104 trains per day. Service has been operating at reduced levels since Monday, May 2, to accommodate electrification construction. With the return of regular service, riders can expect up to four trains per hour in each direction on weekdays, providing for a comfortable and convenient trip. Construction crews were able to install and test the new signal system at 17 crossings in Burlingame and San Mateo, meaning the new system has been successfully implemented at 24 of the 41 vehicular grade crossings that are needed before revenue service of Caltrain Electrification in 2024. Caltrain has yet to fully recover from the effects of the pandemic. To help increase ridership and improve equity, Caltrain has expanded its off-peak service, allowing a wider range of riders to take advantage of the system. In addition, Caltrain has made other improvements to its operations by adding 300 elockers at 19 of its stations for bicyclists, and for customers who use a Clipper card, Caltrain has made it easier for users to reload their card with cash directly at Caltrain stations. In the past, that option was limited to designated offsite locations. Caltrain also recently unveiled a new, mobile-friendly website that improves the customer experience, making it easier to view and track schedules and receive service updates. The electrification of the Caltrain system will deliver major benefits to the communities that it serves. Electrification will reduce Caltrain’s greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the particulate matter caused by the aging diesel engines. Service will become both more frequent and more comfortable, as state-of-the-art electric trains replace the 30-year-old diesel fleet. The project also created thousands of jobs locally and throughout the country, both to electrify the corridor and to assemble the new trains, which include components from across the country. Electrified service will lay the foundation to meet Caltrain’s goal of tripling capacity by 2040, the equivalent of carrying 5.5 lanes to U.S. Highway 101. The infrastructure that is being installed will be compatible with future high-speed rail on the corridor. The Caltrain Electrification Project is expected to be completed in 2024. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/d02e7d2c-f002-42f0-87e7-b965edcc202e <a href="/news/caltrain-celebrates-bike-wherever-day-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain Celebrates Bike to Wherever Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-celebrates-bike-wherever-day-0 Bike to Wherever Day has returned this Friday, May 20, and Caltrain is happy to help Bay Area cyclists get to where they need to go. People who use bikes to access Caltrain can take advantage of more than 300 bicycle eLockers at 22 Caltrain stations, including the most recent installation at the Menlo Park Station. Standard eLocker rates are only 5 cents per hour, with night and weekend rates of 2 cents per hour. Caltrain is currently giving 100 free hours of bicycle parking at Caltrain-owned eLockers to riders when they sign up for an eLocker account at www.bikelink.org and connect it to their Clipper Card. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition are organizing energizer stations that will provide free giveaways and good cheer to encourage cyclists on Bike to Wherever Day. The stations are located throughout San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.    Prior to COVID-19, Caltrain served approximately 10,000 bicyclists every weekday, with 10% of riders typically bringing their bike onboard. Survey data has found that many of these riders do so because they do not have a secure place to leave their bike at the station. The eLocker installations will provide customers with an easy to use, secure facility and help alleviate some of the demand for bike space on trains. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/b0fb817b-0394-4bb0-b1f7-c5988c21bcb7 <a href="/news/caltrain-seeks-volunteers-citizens-advisory-committee-5" hreflang="en">Caltrain Seeks Volunteers for Citizens Advisory Committee</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-seeks-volunteers-citizens-advisory-committee-5 The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB), the entity that manages Caltrain, is seeking a volunteer from San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties to apply for its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC currently has an opening for three seats, one representative from San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties.  Committee members are asked to serve a three-year term. The CAC is composed of nine community members who serve in an advisory capacity to the Caltrain board of directors, providing input on the needs of current and potential rail customers. Residents interested in joining the advisory committee can apply on the CAC webpage, or by calling 650.508.6347. Applications for the CAC are due by Thursday, June 9, 2022. The CAC meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:40 p.m. at the Caltrain headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue, about one block from the San Carlos Caltrain Station. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit the CAC Application page. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. , Media Contact: Tasha Bartholomew, 650.339.5257 Lippsj https://www.caltrain.com/3471de0f-602b-4fd1-87e1-92e2365f6ec7 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-additional-service-bay-breakers" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Additional Service for Bay to Breakers</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-additional-service-bay-breakers Bay to Breakers, the beloved San Francisco tradition celebrated by revelers from throughout the Bay Area, returns this year and Caltrain will be running extra service this coming Sunday, May 15, so Peninsula and South Bay residents can make it to the starting line. Caltrain will run two northbound special event trains with limited stops to the race. Two trains will depart from San Jose Diridon Station at 5:50 a.m. and 6:02 a.m., and arrive at the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 7:17 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., respectively. Trains will be single-tracking at the Burlingame, Broadway, San Mateo, Hayward Park, Hillsdale, Palo Alto and California Avenue stations, so riders should pay attention to signs and announcements to be sure they are on the correct platform. Alcohol will be prohibited on the pre-event special trains and Bay to Breakers prohibits both alcohol and floats. The race begins at 8 a.m. and the starting line is about 1.4 miles from the San Francisco Caltrain Station. Participants can walk to the starting line or take Muni’s T-Third light-rail service. Masks are recommended on board for both Caltrain and Muni. Following the race, Caltrain will also provide extra post-event capacity, as needed. To avoid long lines, passengers are encouraged to pre-purchase a Bay to Breakers Day Pass on the Caltrain Mobile Ticket App. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite or through the Caltrain Mobile Ticket App. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/edffe090-fe21-4674-83c0-b9829f4a5a79 <a href="/news/caltrain-suspends-planned-fare-increases-and-approves-2023-go-pass-pricing-promotion" hreflang="en">Caltrain Suspends Planned Fare Increases and Approves 2023 Go Pass Pricing Promotion</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-suspends-planned-fare-increases-and-approves-2023-go-pass-pricing-promotion The Caltrain Board of Directors voted to postpone planned fare increases to encourage more riders to return to the system during its monthly meeting. Caltrain’s original Board decision to raise the price of certain Clipper fare products was made in September 2019. In addition, there were two 5% increases in the cost of a Go Pass that were scheduled for January 1, 2023 and January 1, 2025, both of which have been delayed by a year. The reduction of the Clipper discount from 55 to 25 cents was planned for April 1, 2022, has been pushed back to July 1, 2028. The Base Fare was scheduled to increase by 50 cents on July 1, 2022 and July 1, 2026, but both have been pushed back by a year. The 25-cent increase in the Zone Charge will now occur in July 1, 2025, rather than July 1, 2024. As a result, Caltrain fares, including the existing Clipper Adult fare discounts, Adult Monthly Pass pricing will not change. Many transit agencies around the country are making similar decisions, including The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit. The 2023 Go Pass pricing has also been approved. Customers that are enrolled for the last six months of 2022 (i.e. an effective date no later than July 1, 2022) will receive a promotional 20% discount off the 2023 Go Pass price of $342 per year (discounted to $273.60). In addition to this discount, the Board approved options that provided flexibility to Go Pass institutions by enabling distribution of unused stickers to on-site contracted staff, temporary employees, part-time employees, interns, and graduate and post-doctoral students. Caltrain will continue to assess the situation to inform future decisions about any fare or service changes. Caltrain is dedicated to providing safe, accessible, convenient transportation service as the region recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/cc72c328-1ce0-4b8b-8ecf-ab4a5e66e58d <a href="/news/caltrain-reduces-weekday-service-expedite-electrification-construction" hreflang="en">Caltrain Reduces Weekday Service to Expedite Electrification Construction</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-reduces-weekday-service-expedite-electrification-construction From Monday, May 2, to Friday, May 20, Caltrain will temporarily reduce its service levels down to 88 trains per day to accommodate Caltrain Electrification work in San Mateo and Burlingame. Caltrain will operate three trains per hour in each direction between the hours of 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This construction was initially scheduled for March but was rescheduled as a result of the March 10 collision incident. Baby Bullet service will be suspended during this period of construction. There will be no changes to weekday midday and evening service, or to weekend service. Trains will be single-tracking through Broadway, Burlingame, San Mateo, Hayward Park and Hillsdale stations during this period. Riders using those stations should pay attention to signage and announcements to make sure they are waiting at the correct platform at the station. In addition, there will be temporary crossing closures in Burlingame and San Mateo. The May temporary schedule is available here. For shuttle service are available at  www.caltrain.com/schedules/shuttles, www.smctd.com/shuttles, or Commute.org. On Monday, May 23, Caltrain will revert back to the regular weekday schedule. The electrification of the Caltrain system will deliver major benefits to the communities that it serves. Electrification will reduce Caltrain’s greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the particulate matter caused by the aging diesel engines. Service will become both more frequent and more comfortable, as state-of-the-art electric trains replace the 30-year-old diesel fleet. The project also created thousands of jobs locally and throughout the country, both to electrify the corridor and to assemble the new trains, which include components from across the country. Electrified service will lay the foundation to meet Caltrain’s goal of tripling capacity by 2040, the equivalent of carrying 5.5 lanes to U.S. Highway 101. The infrastructure that is being installed will be compatible with future high-speed rail on the corridor. The Caltrain Electrification Project is expected to be completed in 2024. ###   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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.   Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/db0098f2-bcc2-4934-9494-3e1097d5d976 <a href="/news/caltrain-releases-sustainability-report" hreflang="en">Caltrain Releases Sustainability Report</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-releases-sustainability-report In honor of Earth Day, Caltrain released its 2021 Sustainability Report this month, outlining the environmental progress it has made in the last two years. Even as the agency struggled with the effects of COVID-19, more gains were made demonstrating the importance of transit in the fight against climate change. While Caltrain ridership has yet to fully recover from COVID-19 and the resulting shelter-in-place order, prior to that ridership had grown steadily over the last decade, displacing thousands of cars that would otherwise be commuting on Highway 101. Even despite lower ridership in the last two years, Caltrain reduced the agency’s net GHG emissions by 11%, air pollution generation by 10% and facility energy use is down 6%. Caltrain is also in the process of electrifying, which will further slash its carbon footprint and air pollution. Over 40% of California’s GHGs are created by surface transportation. Transit services such as Caltrain are key to shrinking California’s carbon footprint and preventing the most devastating effects of climate change. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter liebermand https://www.caltrain.com/378c7786-ee25-4cc2-b772-18d5f7ad51eb <a href="/news/caltrain-and-city-south-san-francisco-celebrate-completion-station-improvement-project" hreflang="en">Caltrain and City of South San Francisco Celebrate Completion of Station Improvement Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-and-city-south-san-francisco-celebrate-completion-station-improvement-project Caltrain and the City of South San Francisco, along with federal, state and local elected officials, celebrated the completion of the South San Francisco Station Improvement Project with a ribbon-cutting event today. Caltrain, in cooperation with the City of South San Francisco, began construction on the South San Francisco Station Improvement Project in 2017. With funding from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, City of South San Francisco, and Federal Transit Administration, the $96.6 million project built a fully accessible station with a center-boarding platform, allowing riders to seamlessly move between platforms. The modernized station provides updated amenities, improves Caltrain efficiency, and lays the foundation for Caltrain electrification that will run faster, cleaner, and quieter service. A new pedestrian and bicycle underpass enhances east-west connection; while the overall design integrates the station into the fabric of Downtown South San Francisco to better serve the community. “I was raised in this great community, and this station represents a shot in the arm for both its vibrant downtown and growing job centers,” said Congresswoman Jackie Speier. “Let’s celebrate the partnership between our transit agencies, cities and elected officials and that we were able to raise the funds and build this 21st century station that’s safe and accessible.” “It’s always exciting to see a project like this come to fruition, but this one is particularly special since the need for station improvements were discussed extensively while I was serving on the South San Francisco City Council,” said Assemblymember Kevin Mullin.  “The upgrades and amenities are tremendous, create a safer environment, and are a game changer for commuters and anyone who wants to take Caltrain from this location. With the pedestrian underpass and the completion of the downtown plaza, the accessibility to and from downtown South San Francisco will open a whole new world for riders and businesses alike. It’s definitely a win-win.” “The enhancements made to this Caltrain station are a game changer for South San Francisco residents and visitors in terms of connectivity and walkability,” said South San Francisco Mayor Mark Nagales. “The pedestrian and rider experience are unlike anyone has ever seen at the South San Francisco Station. I am thrilled to see the outcome of this project.” “For those of us that remember what this station was then and is now, we understand why this is such a great day,” said Rico E. Medina, Chair of the TA Board of Directors and San Bruno Mayor. “It is incumbent upon us to take a piece of 19th century infrastructure and bring it into the 21st by integrating it into the surrounding community.” “Improving stations, such as the South San Francisco Station Improvement Project, is all part of Caltrain’s long term goals, especially given all the great development happening in this city,” said Charles Stone, Vice Chair of the Caltrain Board of Directors and Belmont City Councilmember. “As a long-time Caltrain passenger and advocate for more public transportation, increasing the number of trains and frequency of service has been one of my goals as a public servant, in addition to making station access safer, and more accessible for riders.” “The completion of this project is truly historic,” said Karyl Matsumoto, former South San Francisco Mayor and San Mateo County Transportation Authority Board Chair. “We have officially moved from a train stop to a bona fide train station for our community and riders.” ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 Lippsj https://www.caltrain.com/ba29a5b7-b66d-445d-86d4-1b0e62d83be6 <a href="/news/caltrain-deliver-fans-giants-home-opener" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Deliver Fans to Giants Home Opener</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-deliver-fans-giants-home-opener The San Francisco Giants return to Oracle Park for a three-game series against the Florida Marlins, Caltrain is there to get fans to the game and get them home after the last out. Riders are encouraged to check the schedule for service to and from the park to ensure they are at the platform with a paid ticket before trains arrive and depart. Caltrain will be running an additional train after all weekday and weekend evening games this season that will depart San Francisco Station 15 minutes after the last out or when full, expressing to Millbrae and making all stops until San Jose Diridon Station. Day games will not have additional service. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; riders must have their ticket available at all times for inspection. Tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card. For the month of April, all non-GoPass fares are 50% off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for 24 hours from the time of purchase, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain requires face coverings for all riders. Caltrain does not allow open alcohol containers on trains after 9 p.m. Disruptive passengers will be asked to leave the train. Giants fans going to the game between May 2-20 should be aware of a temporary service reduction. Caltrain advises riders to always check the schedule before riding at www.caltrain.com. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 Lippsj https://www.caltrain.com/aa6d8a6b-3b6b-4d72-be1a-8b8a635de62d <a href="/news/caltrain-cut-fares-50-april-regular-weekday-service-resumes-april-4" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Cut Fares 50% in April, Regular Weekday Service Resumes April 4</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-cut-fares-50-april-regular-weekday-service-resumes-april-4 Caltrain will be discounting all fares by 50% for the month of April. With many people returning to the office and weekday and weekend events heating up across the Bay Area, including 10 Giants home games, everyone can take Caltrain to where they need to go conveniently and affordably. The price reduction will apply to all fares except the Go Pass. “As the region continues to recover from the lingering impacts of the pandemic, we want to remind the public that Caltrain is the travel mode of choice for so many great Bay Area destinations,” said Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “By reducing our fares for the month of April we can reward our existing customers for their loyalty and encourage the next generation of public transportation riders to use Caltrain for their travelling needs.” Passengers can take Caltrain to a wide range of destinations, while enjoying expanded service for events such as Giants games with special post-game service. Oracle Park, the Chase Center, Levi&rsquo;s Stadium, Avaya Stadium and the SAP Center are easily accessible through Caltrain, as are multiple downtowns complete with movie theaters, restaurants, shopping destinations, Art and Wine Festivals and much more. As public events return to the Peninsula, Caltrain is on hand to help riders reach these destinations. In addition to the reduced fares, Caltrain will resume running its regular, record-high 104-train schedule starting on Monday, April 4.&nbsp; On March 2, the agency announced a scheduled service reduction to accommodate Caltrain Electrification signal work in San Mateo and Burlingame. That project was briefly delayed due to a March 10 train collision with on track equipment, and Caltrain utilized the reduced schedule to help with cleanup and service restoration efforts. While Caltrain will restore regular service on April 4, the agency will once again reduce train levels from May 2&ndash;May 20 to complete the originally planned Caltrain Electrification signal work in San Mateo and Burlingame. Regular weekday service will resume once again on May 23. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. &nbsp; fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/4c9dfb5c-ab35-42d8-a1d8-befa78bb5470 <a href="/news/caltrain-seeks-representative-bicycle-active-transportation-advisory-committee" hreflang="en">Caltrain Seeks Representative for Bicycle & Active Transportation Advisory Committee</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-seeks-representative-bicycle-active-transportation-advisory-committee &nbsp; Caltrain is seeking a Caltrain rider to apply for its Bicycle &amp; Active Transportation Advisory Committee (BATAC), which serves as the primary venue to integrate the interests and perspectives of customers who use active transportation--bicycling, walking and other closely related modes--as their primary mode of access to the Caltrain system into the Caltrain planning processes. The opening is for a member of the general public who rides Caltrain and either boards or alights from the train in San Mateo County. The committee&nbsp;is comprised of nine volunteer members from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. One member from each county&nbsp;is a public agency staff member responsible for planning and/or policy development related to active transportation, one&nbsp;is a member of a bicycle advocacy organization, and one&nbsp;is a member from the general public who uses active transportation to access Caltrain.&nbsp; Applications are due Sunday, April 17, and are available at www.caltrain.com/batac or by calling 650.508.6391. The BATAC meets every other month at 5:45 p.m. via Zoom. All meetings are open to the public. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0f0682b9-c2bf-4a6c-9ff8-8a2729be6280 <a href="/news/caltrain-move-forward-plans-temporarily-reduce-service-starting-monday-march-14" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Move Forward with Plans to Temporarily Reduce Service Starting on Monday, March 14</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-move-forward-plans-temporarily-reduce-service-starting-monday-march-14 &nbsp; As previously announced, reduced schedule will accommodate upcoming electrification work while also allowing for crews to repair tracks damaged by Thursday&rsquo;s collision As previously announced, Caltrain will operate on a temporarily reduced schedule starting on Monday.&nbsp; On March 2, 2022, the agency announced a scheduled service reduction to accommodate Caltrain Electrification work in San Mateo and Burlingame. That project is still scheduled to happen in the immediate future, but will be briefly delayed as Caltrain works to recover from Thursday's collision including repairing tracks in San Bruno.&nbsp; Because of the delay to the start of Electrification work, the reduced service will be extended beyond the originally scheduled end date of April 1. More details on the duration of the reduced service will be available soon. “We understand that these past few days have been emotionally trying for our passengers, employees and the communities we serve, and we appreciate everyone&rsquo;s patience as we navigate this process,” said Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “While NTSB investigates what happened on Thursday, it is important that we continue, safely, with our critical plans to upgrade and improve our system through our Electrification project. As always, we are prioritizing safety at every step of these operations. We want to assure our customers once again that Caltrain will be able to carry them to where they are going in a safe, reliable and dependable manner”. Caltrain will adjust service levels from 104 trains per day to 88 trains per day during this time period. It will still run three trains per hour in each direction between the hours of 5:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Baby Bullet service will be suspended during this period of construction. There will be no changes to weekday midday and evening service, or to weekend service. The schedule for the upcoming changes is available here. Shuttle service details are available at www.caltrain.com/shuttles, www.smctd.com/shuttles or Commute.org.&nbsp; Additionally, trains will be single-tracking through Millbrae, San Bruno and South San Francisco for the beginning of the week while crews repair tracks damaged by Thursday&rsquo;s collision involving a Southbound Caltrain train and on-track equipment.&nbsp; The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun an investigation into Thursday&rsquo;s incident. Caltrain is a party to the investigation and supporting NTSB investigators to ensure any assistance necessary is made available to them. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. &nbsp; fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/27cfe832-acc5-4853-895b-c8d05f15dff6 <a href="/news/caltrain-operate-regular-weekend-schedule" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Operate Regular Weekend Schedule</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-operate-regular-weekend-schedule &nbsp; Thursday collision site in San Bruno cleared for train service; bus-bridges taken out of service Caltrain will be operating a regular weekend schedule starting on Sunday, March 13, because the Thursday collision site has been cleared for train service.&nbsp; Caltrain had been providing substitute bus service between South San Francisco, San Bruno and Millbrae Stations, but with the incident site cleared, normal weekend train operations have resumed.&nbsp; Just before 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, a southbound Caltrain train carrying 75 passengers was involved in a collision with on-track equipment. As a result, 13 people were injured, including two Caltrain employees. None of the injuries were life-threatening.&nbsp; The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun an investigation into the incident. Caltrain is a party to the investigation and supporting NTSB investigators to ensure any assistance necessary is made available to them.&nbsp;&nbsp; Caltrain thanks its partner transit agencies for their assistance in getting our riders where they need to go. Caltrain also thanks the emergency personnel that responded to Thursday&rsquo;s incident quickly and effectively. Passengers can receive all relevant service updates by following @CaltrainAlerts on Twitter and by checking the Caltrain Facebook page and Caltrain.com.&nbsp; ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. Media Contact: Dan Lieberman, 650.622.2492 fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/03f41436-9c40-4148-83e1-764b2f2c47f4 <a href="/news/caltrain-operate-regular-weekend-schedule-and-maintain-bus-bridge-service-between-south-san" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Operate Regular Weekend Schedule and Maintain Bus-Bridge Service Between South San Francisco, San Bruno and Millbrae Stations on Saturday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-operate-regular-weekend-schedule-and-maintain-bus-bridge-service-between-south-san &nbsp; Buses to replace Caltrain service following collision in San Bruno; BART to continue accept free transfers at Millbrae Station through at least noon Saturday Caltrain will be operating on a regular weekend schedule while maintaining bus-bridge service between South San Francisco, San Bruno and Millbrae Stations on Saturday, following Thursday&rsquo;s collision between a train and on-track equipment in San Bruno. BART will be providing free service for passengers transferring at Millbrae Station through at least noon Saturday and customers can consider other transportation options by visiting 511.org. SamTrans buses will carry passengers between the impacted stations throughout the day on Saturday. Passengers traveling to and from those stations should expect service delays as a result of the bus-bridge. For the rest of the system, Caltrain will run its regular 32-train weekend schedule. Bus-bridge service is free to all Caltrain riders. Just before 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, a Southbound Caltrain train carrying 75 passengers was involved in a collision with on-track equipment. As a result, 13 people were injured, including two Caltrain employees. None of the injuries were life-threatening.&nbsp; The National Transportation Safety Board has begun an investigation into the incident, and Caltrain is assisting with that inquiry. As soon as the NTSB releases the incident site in San Bruno, Caltrain will begin work on repairing the tracks and restoring full service. Passengers can receive all relevant service updates by following @Caltrain Alerts on Twitter and by checking the Caltrain Facebook page and Caltrain.com.&nbsp; The agency will release more information on the incident and its subsequent investigation as details become available. Caltrain thanks its sister transit agencies for their assistance in getting our riders where they need to go. Caltrain also thanks the emergency personnel that responded to yesterday&rsquo;s incident quickly and effectively. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. &nbsp; fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/68fc7cfa-bfd2-4de5-86f0-c559147fecb0 <a href="/news/update-caltrain-operate-modified-schedule-and-maintain-bus-bridge-service-between-south-san" hreflang="en">UPDATE: Caltrain to Operate Modified Schedule and Maintain Bus-Bridge Service Between South San Francisco Morning Commutes</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/update-caltrain-operate-modified-schedule-and-maintain-bus-bridge-service-between-south-san  Buses to replace Caltrain service following collision in San Bruno; BART to accept free transfers at Millbrae StationCaltrain will be operating on a modified, 69-train schedule for the Friday morning commute while maintaining bus-bridge service between South San Francisco and Millbrae Stations, following Thursday&rsquo;s collision between a train and on-track equipment in San Bruno. BART will be providing free service for passengers transferring at Millbrae Station and customers can consider other transportation options by visiting 511.org.SamTrans buses will carry passengers between the impacted stations until further notice. Passengers traveling to and from those stations should expect service delays as a result of the bus-bridge. For the rest of the system, Caltrain will run 69 trains, reduced service from the regular 104-train schedule. Just before 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, a Southbound Caltrain train carrying 75 passengers was involved in a collision with on-track equipment. As a result, 13 people were injured, including two Caltrain employees. None of the injuries are life-threatening. The collision also led to systemwide delays.The National Transportation Safety Board has begun an investigation into the incident, and Caltrain is assisting with that inquiry. As soon as the NTSB releases the incident site in San Bruno, Caltrain will begin work on repairing the tracks and restoring full service.Passengers can receive all relevant service updates by following @CaltrainAlerts on Twitter and by checking the Caltrain Facebook page and Caltrain.com. The agency will release more information on the incident and its subsequent investigation as details become available.###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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.  fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/85ef9142-bf62-42c3-9d80-a04bea8f8830 <a href="/news/caltrain-operate-bus-bridge-service-between-south-san-francisco-and-millbrae-stations-evening" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Operate Bus-Bridge Service Between South San Francisco and Millbrae Stations for Evening and Morning Commutes</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-operate-bus-bridge-service-between-south-san-francisco-and-millbrae-stations-evening  Buses to replace Caltrain service following collision in San BrunoCaltrain will be operating bus-bridge service between South San Francisco and Millbrae Stations for Thursday&rsquo;s evening commute and Friday morning&rsquo;s commute, following today&rsquo;s collision between a train and on-track equipment in San Bruno. Passengers should consider other transportation options by visiting 511.org. SamTrans buses will carry passengers between the impacted stations until at least 4 p.m. on Friday. For the rest of the system, Caltrain will continue to operate under its regular weekday schedule. Passengers traveling to and from those stations should expect service delays as a result of the bus-bridge. Just before 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, a Southbound Caltrain train carrying 75 passengers was involved in a collision with on-track equipment. As a result, 13 people were injured, including two Caltrain employees. None of the injuries are life-threatening. The collision also led to systemwide delays.The National Transportation Safety Board has begun an investigation into today&rsquo;s incident, and Caltrain is assisting with that inquiry.“Our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with all those who were injured today,” said Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “Caltrain&rsquo;s core values have always prioritized the safety of our passengers, employees and the communities we serve, and we are deeply disappointed that those standards were not met today. We have a long history of providing safe and reliable service and we are committed to working closely with the NTSB and other regulators to determine the cause of today&rsquo;s incident. We will restore full Caltrain service as quickly and safely as possible.”Passengers can receive all relevant service updates by following @CaltrainAlerts on Twitter and by checking the Caltrain Facebook page and Caltrain.com. The agency will release more information on the incident and its subsequent investigation as details become available.###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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.  fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/f5b1d6f3-9554-40c0-a40d-8028a6ed7cd6 <a href="/news/caltrain-received-388-million-additional-federal-pandemic-relief" hreflang="en">Caltrain Received $38.8 Million in Additional Federal Pandemic Relief</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-received-388-million-additional-federal-pandemic-relief  Caltrain has been awarded $38.8 million in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan (ARPA). These funds will be used to keep Caltrain operations running to serve workers, students and families while the agency continues to work towards Electrification.“COVID-19 has posed a serious challenge to public transit, especially commuter railroads. We are incredibly grateful to President Biden, Secretary Buttigieg and our entire federal delegation led by Speaker Pelosi for continuing to support public transit.” said Caltrain Board of Directors Chair Steve Heminger. “This federal support ensures that, as the Bay Area continues to reopen and riders return to the system, Caltrain will be ready to get them where they need to go.”Caltrain has faced unprecedented financial challenges as a result of the pandemic. Caltrain losses in fare revenue were significant as ridership decreased to 5% in the early days of the pandemic and remains at approximately 20% of previous levels. The loss in fare revenue is especially impactful to Caltrain because pre-pandemic, over 70% of the operating funds came from fares.  Funding provided by the Federal Government through ARPA, as well as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act has allowed Caltrain to maintain service throughout the pandemic. The funding received will help to balance projected deficits through FY2023.###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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.  fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/205baba0-8d22-46ae-b8ce-389c4dc6c83b <a href="/news/caltrain-temporarily-reduces-weekday-service-expedite-electrification-construction" hreflang="en">Caltrain Temporarily Reduces Weekday Service to Expedite Electrification Construction</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-temporarily-reduces-weekday-service-expedite-electrification-construction  From Monday, March 14 to Friday, April 1, Caltrain will temporarily reduce its service levels down to 88 trains per day to accommodate Caltrain Electrification work in San Mateo and Burlingame. Caltrain will still be running three trains per hour in each direction between the hours of 5:30 - 9 a.m. and 3:30 - 7 p.m.Baby Bullet service will be suspended during this period of construction. There will be no changes to weekday midday and evening service, or to weekend service. Trains will be single-tracking through Broadway, Burlingame, San Mateo, Hayward Park and Hillsdale stations for three weeks, so riders using those stations should be sure to pay attention to signage and announcements to make sure they are waiting at the correct platform at the station.The March temporary schedule is available here. For shuttle service are available at www.caltrain.com/shuttles, www.smctd.com/shuttles or Commute.org.On Monday, April 4, Caltrain will revert back to the regular weekday schedule. The electrification of the Caltrain system will deliver major benefits to the communities that it serves. Electrification will reduce Caltrain&rsquo;s greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the particulate matter caused by the aging diesel engines. Service will become both more frequent and more comfortable, as state-of-the-art electric trains replace the 30-year-old diesel fleet. The project also created thousands of jobs locally and throughout the country, both to electrify the corridor and to assemble the new trains, which include components from across the country. Electrified service will lay the foundation to meet Caltrain&rsquo;s goal of tripling capacity by 2040, the equivalent of carrying 5.5 lanes to U.S. Highway 101. The infrastructure that is being installed will be compatible with future high-speed rail on the corridor. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.  fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/131e0e11-54b2-4484-9535-971bb030ef12 <a href="/news/caltrain-supported-affordable-housing-projects-receive-grants" hreflang="en">Caltrain-Supported Affordable Housing Projects Receive Grants</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-supported-affordable-housing-projects-receive-grants Five affordable housing projects that Caltrain partnered with have been awarded funding by the California Strategic Growth Council in the sixth round of its Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC). This program allows affordable housing developers to partner with transit agencies in order to seek funds for projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and provide benefits to disadvantaged communities. The five qualified projects are Sunnydale HOPE SF Block 3A in San Francisco, Middlefield Junction in Redwood City, 965 Weeks in East Palo Alto and both Dupont Apartments and Tamien Station in San Jose, which will deliver 671 housing units. The projects received over $108 million in funds this round, approximately $27 million of which will support Caltrain&rsquo;s existing procurement of 37 new electric train cars that will be put into passenger service following the completion of electrification. With the success of these grant applications, Caltrain has provided a substantial portion of the $39 million in local matching funds needed for the EMU procurement, providing additional financial flexibility to continue investing in other urgent system priorities.“This grant will address two major problems that confront the Bay Area; making housing more affordable and offering residents better transit options,” said Caltrain Board Chair Steve Heminger. “Caltrain was proud to partner with these projects, and we look forward to their residents riding on our electrified service.”The AHSC program was designed to encourage collaboration between affordable housing developers and transit agencies. Investing in affordable housing in walkable, bikeable neighborhoods paired with transit has the potential to jointly address our region&rsquo;s housing, equity and climate goals.###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. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/b1335f5b-0e8a-4a8c-95af-ae16487f8e49 <a href="/news/caltrain-adjust-schedule-presidents-day-holiday" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Adjust Schedule For Presidents’ Day Holiday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-adjust-schedule-presidents-day-holiday  Caltrain will operate a modified schedule on Presidents&rsquo; Day, Monday, February 21. Caltrain will operate 40 trains, including early morning service and one round trip train between Gilroy and San Francisco. Shuttles will not be operating for the holiday.SamTrans will operate a regular, non-school day schedule on Presidents&rsquo; Day, Monday, February 21.For more information about Caltrain and SamTrans holiday service, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com/holidays or www.samtrans.com/holidays.  ###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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.  fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/b18681b9-103f-4f77-a485-4878ac5054e8 <a href="/news/caltrain-recognizes-african-american-history-month" hreflang="en">Caltrain Recognizes African American History Month</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-recognizes-african-american-history-month The Caltrain Board of Directors passed a resolution honoring National African American History Month at its February meeting. “We recognize the long history of inequity and racism in transit that has excluded, targeted or oppressed people due to their color and race, and that is not what we, as a board, stand for,” said Caltrain Board Chair Steve Heminger. “My colleagues and I believe in diversity, equity and inclusion for all people, and we are proud to support February as African American History Month.” &nbsp; Caltrain serves a diverse population that continues to experience bias, discrimination, and unequal outcomes or treatment in numerous sectors. Caltrain believes every person has the freedom to feel valued and respected, and condemns racism in rhetoric or action. Since the inception of Caltrain in the early 1990s, the rail agency has been a long-time supporter and sponsor of the annual MLK Jr. Celebration Train, which pays tribute to the 54-mile 1965 Selma to Montgomery March and delivers celebrants to the traditional march in San Francisco that marks the holiday. A 2020 survey showed that African Americans make up 8% of Caltrain&rsquo;s ridership, and of those surveyed, 52% of African American riders take Caltrain four or more days/week. ### 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. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/c34a12e0-b9c1-42e0-92fc-48e82c1baaa2 <a href="/news/caltrain-celebrates-installation-final-foundation-electrification-project" hreflang="en">Caltrain Celebrates Installation of Final Foundation for Electrification Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-celebrates-installation-final-foundation-electrification-project  Today, Caltrain, along with local dignitaries, celebrated the successful completion of all 3,092 foundations for the new overhead catenary system (OCS) that will support electrified Caltrain service. The 51-mile Caltrain Electrification project will be the first 25KV OCS system on the west coast and will provide power to the new state-of-the-art electric trains that will start arriving on the corridor in spring 2022.Caltrain began construction on the project in 2017 and the foundation phase of construction has been complex due to challenging and unknowable site conditions in a 150-year-old right of way, working during a pandemic and on an active railroad. Completion of the foundations represents a turning point for the Caltrain Electrification Project that reduces future project costs and risks. This is the first of several major project milestones this year. Within a couple months, the OCS system in the southern segment of the project will be “live” with energy flowing into the system, an AEM7 electric locomotive will begin testing the OCS and by summer 2022, the entire 51-mile corridor will be electrified. The first high-performance electric trains will arrive in spring, after completing 10 months of intensive testing at speeds up to 115mph at the Transportation Technology Center national test track in Pueblo, Colorado. While there are still difficult signal and system integration work ahead, the project is on track for a historic change and to be serving riders by 2024.  “Today marks a major achievement in the history of Caltrain,” said Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “This final foundation marks a turning point in the electrification of this railroad, towards a modern, efficient service that the people of the Bay Area deserve.”“Caltrain has been the spine of the Peninsula&rsquo;s transportation system since Abraham Lincoln was in office,” said Congressmember Anna Eshoo. “Electrification will modernize this 150-year-old railroad, improving local air quality by 97 percent, offering faster service, and carrying the equivalent of 5 ½ freeway lanes of traffic every hour. This is the world-class, modern, and climate-friendly electric transit system that our innovative region deserves.”“I have advocated for Caltrain for 20 years.” said Congressmember Jackie Speier. “Electrification is a game changer—putting Caltrain on the path to reduce carbon emissions by 97%, and cutting down each year the miles driven on our highways by 619,000 miles, all while creating good jobs across the country, making it exactly the kind of project the infrastructure law is designed to address.“I&rsquo;m proud that Caltrain has completed laying the foundation to electrify the system,” said Senator Scott Wiener. “This ensures that the Bay Area will have a modern rail system for generations, one that protects our environment. I look forward to working with our federal and local partners to support finishing this project.”“The electrification of Caltrain is not just an important milestone, but it will make history. Caltrain will be the first electrified rail line in California,” said Assemblymember Kevin Mullin. “Caltrain will be the first electrified rail line in California. This project is crucial locally, statewide and nationally, because this region and this corridor is a hub of creativity and entrepreneurship that have changed our country. Caltrain is the spine that helps support our innovation economy.  I was proud to author AB 1889 in 2016 to ensure state funds were available for electrification and I am dedicated to closing the funding gap on this project by working with my legislative colleagues and Governor Newsom to get it over the finish line”“As Assembly Budget Chair, it&rsquo;s exciting to see state funding at work on transformational projects, such as the electrification of Caltrain. Today&rsquo;s milestone means cleaner, climate-friendly transit and improved air quality are within reach for the region,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting. “I can&rsquo;t wait for it to start running.”“The Caltrain Board has talked about the Electrification foundations for years and it is nice to have closure and remove a significant risk from the project,” said Director Shamann Walton, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Caltrain Board Member. “When completed in 2024, an Electrified Caltrain will offer a much faster, more frequent, and more reliable public transit option to connect San Francisco to the Peninsula and South Bay.”"Through our consistent collaboration with the Caltrain team and our industry partners, we persevered to solve many challenging obstacles and complexities during this phase. The success of reaching this significant milestone is attributable to our strong partnership with Caltrain," said Eric Stenman, Balfour Beatty president of U.S. operations. "We look forward to continuing the momentum built and are honored to be a part of a project that will bring greater sustainability to California's transit system."The project requires an additional $462 million over initial estimates. Caltrain is working with its funding partners, as well as its federal and state legislative delegations to fill the funding gap. To date, Caltrain has received an additional $52.4M from the federal government; has access to $150M financing credit and $60M in Measure RR capital reserve towards the funding gap.The electrification of the Caltrain system will deliver major benefits to the communities that it serves. Electrification will reduce Caltrain&rsquo;s greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the particulate matter caused by the aging diesel engines. Electrified service will lay the foundation to meet the goal of tripling capacity by 2040, the equivalent of carrying 5.5 lanes to U.S. Highway 101. Service will become both more frequent and more comfortable, as state-of-the-art electric trains replace Caltrain&rsquo;s current aging fleet. The project has also created thousands of jobs locally and throughout the country, both to electrify the corridor and to assemble the new trains, which include components from across the country. Finally, the infrastructure that is being installed will be compatible with future high-speed rail on the corridor.###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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.  fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0fa0a7f8-6014-43e2-a64c-fa3adafd51ba <a href="/news/no-celebration-train-dr-king-holiday-day-caltrain-and-samtrans-still-provide-service" hreflang="en">No Celebration Train for Dr. King Holiday Day, Caltrain and SamTrans Still Provide Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/no-celebration-train-dr-king-holiday-day-caltrain-and-samtrans-still-provide-service   Caltrain’s annual Celebration Train will not be running on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year due the to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Caltrain advises those interested to instead participate in the virtual events organized by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Foundation. In past years, the Celebration Train paid tribute to the 54-mile 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, and delivered celebrants to the traditional march in San Francisco that marks the holiday. Caltrain hopes to hold the event again next year, provided it can be done safely and responsibly. Caltrain will operate a modified schedule for the holiday on Monday, January 17, with hourly local service starting in the early morning and one roundtrip train from Gilroy. SamTrans will operate on its Regular, non-school day schedule. There will be no Caltrain or SamTrans contracted shuttle operations for the holiday. For more information about holiday service, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448), Customer Service will be open as per usual. ### 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. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/7b2893fb-3cf5-40b0-9063-6a69a36ede48 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-free-new-years-service-additional-trains" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Free New Year’s Service, Additional Trains</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-free-new-years-service-additional-trains   In order to ensure that everyone out ringing in the New Year gets a safe ride home at the end of their evening, Caltrain will provide special post-event trains after the last regularly scheduled train at 12:05 a.m. and provide free rides starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 31, until the end of special late night service as it has in years past. Friday, December 31, 2021 – New Year’s Eve Caltrain will be operating their regular weekday service, with free fares after 8 p.m. until the last special train departs San Francisco. The first special train will depart at 12:30 a.m. or when full and the last train of the night will depart no later than 1:30 a.m. These special trains will make all weekday local stops from San Francisco to San Jose Diridon Station. Saturday, January 1, 2022 – New Year’s Day Caltrain will operate a weekend schedule. Caltrain will resume collecting fares when service begins around 7 a.m. Caltrain requires face coverings for all riders. Caltrain does not allow open alcohol containers on trains after 9 p.m. Disruptive passengers will be asked to leave the train. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain, will be closed on New Year’s Day. Caltrain customer service is available on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on New Year’s Day, January 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 1.800.660.4287. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/6d55afd5-2a82-4c33-87c7-0c98b77bc83f <a href="/news/caltrain-provides-christmas-day-christmas-eve-service" hreflang="en">Caltrain Provides Christmas Day & Christmas Eve Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-provides-christmas-day-christmas-eve-service   Santa isn’t the only one working on Christmas, as Caltrain will be in operation for the holiday. Caltrain will operate on its weekend schedule on both Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24) and Christmas, (Saturday, December 25). The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain, and the 1st floor ticket sales booth will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Caltrain customer service is available by phone at 1.800.660.4287 on December 24, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on December 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ### 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.   Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/43554aeb-7bfe-4f2c-92c7-622715049e23 <a href="/news/cost-caltrain-electrification-increases-project-track-2024" hreflang="en">Cost of Caltrain Electrification Increases, Project on Track for 2024</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/cost-caltrain-electrification-increases-project-track-2024   Caltrain has announced that the Electrification Project cost has increased to $2.44 billion. This will require an additional $462 million over the initial estimate for the project, $129 million over the estimate made by the Federal Transit Administration earlier this year. The project is still expected to be completed by 2024. The cost increase is a result of negotiations and settlement with Balfour Beatty (BBII), the contractor tasked with the construction of the project and an overall detailed project budget update. The settlement resolves commercial issues and additional costs arising from the extension of the project to 2024. It also establishes a shared risk pool to manage future potential issues and provide new incentives for early completion of certain milestones, such as revenue service. The detailed overall project budget update reflects COVID-19 related delays, utilities and real estate work among other items. Both the settlement and budget update were reviewed by outside experts with the goal of setting up the project to achieve cost and project schedule certainty.  Caltrain is working with its funding partners, as well as its federal and state legislative delegations to fill the funding gap. To date, Caltrain has received an additional $52.4M from the federal government; has access to $150M financing credit and $60M in Measure RR capital reserve towards the funding gap. Both the recently passed Federal Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act and upcoming State Transportation budget could be additional sources of funding. Significant progress has been made on the project that began construction in 2017 and continued throughout the pandemic. The civil work is nearly complete, which will remove a large project risk. Over 3,000 foundations are needed for the project and many unforeseen site conditions were discovered when the foundations were drilled into the 150-year-old right of way.   Currently, 95% of the foundations are installed with only 59 remaining. While the traction power facilities approach their completion dates, with all ten to be completed early in 2022, the entire overhead catenary system should be installed by summer 2022. The next phase of project construction will be on signal and system integration work. An electric locomotive will be testing the new catenary system in 2022 and the first cars of the new electric fleet will arrive in spring 2022. The electrification of the Caltrain system will deliver major benefits to the communities that it serves. Electrification will reduce Caltrain’s greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the particulate matter caused by the aging diesel engines. Electrified service will lay the foundation to meet the goal of tripling capacity by 2040, the equivalent of carrying 5.5 lanes to U.S. Highway 101. Service will become both more frequent and more comfortable, as state-of-the-art electric trains replace Caltrain’s current aging fleet. The project has also created thousands of jobs locally and throughout the country, both to electrify the corridor and to assemble the new trains, which include components from across the country. Finally, the infrastructure that is being installed will be compatible with future high-speed rail on the corridor. “This is an inflection point in the project. The civil work is nearly complete and Caltrain and its partners will be focused on completing the signal, system integration and testing. The Bay Area deserves a modern rail service and that is what we intend to deliver,” said Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “With this agreement in place, that includes a mix of incentives and rewards for meeting the 2024 date, we are better positioned to complete this critical project.” “The electrification of Caltrain is of great importance not only to the region, but also the state and country. The project will help address climate change by replacing our aging diesel fleet with high-performance electric trains and creates jobs from California to Utah to Pennsylvania,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dev Davis. “While it hasn’t gone as smoothly as we had hoped, we are confident that we are on track towards electrified service in 2024 that will transform how people commute throughout the Bay Area.” “The execution of this agreement is a testament of Balfour Beatty’s committed partnership with Caltrain and our promise in providing a realistic, cost-effective, quality and timely solution that we can all mutually deliver upon,” said Leon Blondin, Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty US.  “We will continue to work safely and sustainably to electrify and upgrade the service, capacity and reliability of the transit system on behalf of commuters in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.” ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/7166ca90-0940-43e9-9d3e-a8964c6e9817 <a href="/news/us-department-transportation-representatives-visit-dynamic-testing-caltrains-all-new-stadler" hreflang="en">U.S. Department of Transportation Representatives Visit Dynamic Testing of Caltrain’s All-New Stadler Multilevel EMU Trainsets</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/us-department-transportation-representatives-visit-dynamic-testing-caltrains-all-new-stadler   All-new trainsets were designed specifically for Caltrain by Stadler to meet the evolving needs of the industry, its workforce, and its riders —all while significantly reducing carbon emissions. Representatives from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Caltrain, and Stadler US recently visited the FRA Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado to share a ride on Caltrain’s latest trains and to discuss the potential significance of the project to California and our nation’s transportation infrastructure at large. State of the art catenary electric trains destined for transit service in California are in the final stages of testing with TTCI, a renowned transportation industry partner and subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads known for its capabilities in testing, research, development, and the safe deployment of emerging transportation technologies. Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation John Putnam joined Cindy Terwilliger, FTA Region 8 Regional Administrator, Michelle Bouchard, Acting Executive of Caltrain, Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US, Kari Gonzales, CEO and President of TTCI, and other industry professionals aboard the new trains on November 5th. Caltrain and Stadler followed the test ride with a presentation and discussion on the technology of the project, benefits of its local manufacturing, and implications for the industry. Made possible by significant investment from the federal government, Caltrain’s new trainsets will serve as the foundation for the first modern, electrified railroad in California. This transformational project is creating jobs across the country, combatting climate change, and will significantly improve service for riders. Additional trainsets are now being assembled in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Stadler US manufacturing plant. These new trainsets and their associated infrastructure in California represent a keystone in the state’s transit and sustainability future. This project is a critical component of California’s future high-speed rail system as the two systems will share a corridor. Furthermore, the associated electrification lays the foundation for Caltrain’s revolutionary 2040 Service Vision that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 110 metric tons every day, and support tripling ridership to 180,000 passengers every weekday—the equivalent of adding 5.5 new freeway lanes worth of capacity to US 101. “These new electric trains will bring a new standard of excellence to the Caltrain corridor,” said Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “Cleaner, greener, quieter, more comfortable, and more efficient, these trains will deliver an across-the-board improved riding experience with features such as Wi-Fi, improved passenger information displays, additional storage, and power sources at every seat, benefiting the communities we serve for decades to come.” About Caltrain Caltrain provides commuter rail service along the San Francisco Peninsula, through the South Bay to San Jose and Gilroy. The San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Company began passenger rail service on the Peninsula in 1863. The system we know today as Caltrain had its start in 1992, when the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board took over the operation of the train. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor by 2024, which will allow for increased, more efficient service with a 97% reduction to our carbon footprint, providing the Peninsula with the modern transit system that it deserves. For more information, visit www.caltrain.com and follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. About TTCI TTCI’s mission is to provide industry stakeholders with highly effective research, testing, training, and technical support. TTCI engineers and scientists are renowned for answering the railway and ground transportation industry’s most challenging questions and providing real-world solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads, TTCI is an unbiased third-party testing and research partner, maintaining the highest standards of safety and quality while supporting the development and deployment of innovative technologies to increase the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the railroad industry. For more information, visit www.ttci.tech and follow TTCI on LinkedIn and Facebook. About Stadler Stadler has been building trains for over 75 years. The provider of rail vehicle construction solutions has its headquarters in Bussnang in eastern Switzerland. It has a workforce of around 13,000 based in various production and engineering locations as well as more than 60 service locations. The company is conscious of its social responsibility for sustainable mobility and therefore stands for innovative, sustainable and durable quality products. The product range in the field of mainline railways and city transport includes high-speed trains, intercity trains, regional and suburban trains, metros, tramways and trams. Stadler also manufactures main-line locomotives, shunting locomotives and passenger carriages. It is the world’s leading manufacturer in the rack-and-pinion rail vehicle industry. Follow Stadler on LinkedIn, Xing and Facebook.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/1debcbf1-bb81-4726-b52a-e821a6481c0b <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-vs-notre-dame-game-saturday" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Service to Stanford vs. Notre Dame Game Saturday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-vs-notre-dame-game-saturday   This Saturday, November 27, the Stanford Cardinal take on Notre Dame at 5 p.m., and Caltrain is ready to deliver fans to the game at Stanford Stadium. Caltrain is providing both pre-game and post-game service to and from the Stanford Stadium Station for all weekend Cardinal home games this season. Since not all trains serve the Stanford Stadium Station, fans are advised to check the schedule and use the Palo Alto Station as an alternative, if necessary. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Please be advised that there are no ticket machines or Clipper readers at the Stanford Stadium Station. Passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app to purchase a return ticket, and Clipper users should seek out Caltrain staff that will have portable Clipper readers for their convenience. Face coverings are required on Caltrain, and at Caltrain stations and facilities, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ad0cc59b-4b03-48b3-9fe7-69b7a7e6280d <a href="/news/caltrain-changes-schedule-thanksgiving-holiday" hreflang="en">Caltrain Changes Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-changes-schedule-thanksgiving-holiday   Caltrain will operate alternative schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 25, and the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 26, giving consumers more travel options for the busiest shopping day of the year. Caltrain will operate a weekend schedule for the holiday between the San Francisco, San Jose Diridon and Tamien stations. Caltrain will operate a modified schedule with hourly local service starting in the early morning and one roundtrip train from Gilroy the day after Thanksgiving. More information about Caltrain’s holiday schedules is available online at www.caltrain.com/holidays. Please note the administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain, will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after. The Transit District Customer Service Call Center will be available on Thanksgiving 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the day after Thanksgiving 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To reach a representative, please call 1.800.660.4287. ### 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. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/60aa5e48-ada6-45c0-abf7-500e63008d0e <a href="/news/holiday-train-returns-help-kick-season-giving" hreflang="en">Holiday Train Returns to Help Kick-off the Season of Giving</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/holiday-train-returns-help-kick-season-giving On Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5, the Holiday Train returns to bring good tidings and cheer to families from San Francisco to the South Bay as part of its annual toy drive. This cherished tradition offers an opportunity to donate new toys or books to local children whose families are struggling to make ends meet. Caltrain is proud to once again partner with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program and The Salvation Army to help make the season brighter for everyone. The Holiday Train, which had taken a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, is decorated with more than 75,000 glittering lights. This special train will visit nine Caltrain stations in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties over the weekend. At each of the train’s 20-minute station stops, people can join in singing with onboard carolers and the Salvation Army Christmas Brass Ensemble. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their extended family – including Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer – will get off the train to greet kids and pose for pictures. To ensure its commitment to public safety, people planning to attend this event should be mindful that Caltrain requires face coverings at all of its stations. Prior to the arrival of the train, families can enjoy free entertainment at each of the Holiday Train station stops as well as local community events like the Hometown Holidays Parade in Redwood City and the inaugural Winter Ice Rink in Downtown Sunnyvale. Holiday Train ambassadors will be onsite to help direct people to the donation bins and will have special giveaways for those in attendance. “We are grateful to the generous Bay Area residents who have donated more than 50,000 toys since the start of this local tradition in 2001,” said Acting Caltrain Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “This event would not be possible without the support from our in-kind sponsors and our staff for helping us provide this magical experience to the communities we serve.” Holiday Train Schedule Saturday, December 4 Station                Arrive San Francisco        4:00 p.m. Redwood City        6:10 p.m. Mountain View       6:50 p.m. Sunnyvale             7:30 p.m. Santa Clara           8:00 p.m.  Sunday, December 5 Station                Arrive San Francisco        4:00 p.m. Millbrae                5:40 p.m. Burlingame           6:10 p.m. San Mateo            6:40 p.m. Menlo Park            7:25 p.m. Community SupportSanta’s helpers can get into the holiday spirit by taking pictures of the Holiday Train during the event weekend and sharing them on social media by tagging @Caltrain on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #HolidayTrain2021 to help spread the word. SponsorsThe Holiday Train would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors for everything from decorations and wiring to costumes. This year, in-kind sponsors include Herzog, Jim’s Handyman Services, Peterson Technical Services, the San Mateo County Daily Journal, and the Subway store located in the San Francisco Caltrain Station.   ###   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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.   Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/f2e114a4-d716-4e33-98b2-e7505af7b515 <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-vs-cal-game-saturday" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Service to Stanford vs. Cal Game Saturday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-vs-cal-game-saturday   It’s a battle of the Bay this Saturday, November 20, as the Stanford Cardinal take on the California Golden Bears at 4 p.m., and fans can count on Caltrain to deliver them to see the pigskin action live and in-person. Caltrain is providing both pre-game and post-game service to and from the Stanford Stadium Station for all weekend Cardinal home games this season. Since not all trains serve the Stanford Stadium Station, fans are advised to check the schedule and use the Palo Alto Station as an alternative, if necessary. Fans can find more train service details for the entire season on Caltrain’s website. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Please be advised that there are no ticket machines or Clipper readers at the Stanford Stadium Station. Passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app to purchase a return ticket, and Clipper users should seek out Caltrain staff that will have portable Clipper readers for their convenience. Face coverings are required on Caltrain, and at Caltrain stations and facilities, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/89746b69-6647-42b5-8a8e-70500921abe8 <a href="/news/bay-area-transit-agencies-cheer-infrastructure-bill-passage" hreflang="en">Bay Area Transit Agencies Cheer Infrastructure Bill Passage</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/bay-area-transit-agencies-cheer-infrastructure-bill-passage  Transportation agencies from around the Bay Area celebrated the signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act today, thanking President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, as well as California’s federal delegation for their leadership and support. The bill will provide nearly $1 trillion in infrastructure funding that could potentially go to support dozens of projects and programs that help to keep our region moving. “Electrification will transform Caltrain, replacing 75% of the aging diesel fleet with high-performance state of the art electric train, but this funding will allow us to take the next step and finish the project by 2024,” said Caltrain’s Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “Additional federal support will help get us to a fully zero emission service and will allow the agency to realize its 2040 Service Vision goal of running 8 trains per hour in each direction, which would carry the equivalent of 5.5 lanes of freeway traffic. It also presents a new opportunity to support local communities pursuing grade separations throughout the corridor, a vital safety measure that will prevent traffic bottlenecks, as well as creating world class transit stations in San Francisco and San Jose that are better integrated into the communities they serve.” “This is a great day for public transportation,” said SamTrans General Manager/CEO Carter Mau. “Bus agencies throughout California have committed to adopting fully zero emission fleets by 2040, and this bill offers a means of funding that ambitious goal. We are all one step closer to cleaner, greener bus service that is vital in the fight against climate change.” “The infrastructure bill is a once-in-a-generation investment in things that matter to our riders: reliability, frequency and accessibility,” said BART General Manager Bob Powers. “It also benefits Bay Area residents who don’t necessarily ride BART by creating the opportunity for jobs with good pay. Our Congressional delegation and the Biden-Harris administration are to be applauded for their unwavering commitment to public transportation.” FTA formula funds within IIJA are expected to support BART’s Train Control Modernization Program to increase frequency through the Transbay Tube, to enhance BART’s efforts to rebuild tracks, electrical cabling and other critical infrastructure and to improve accessibility for those with disabilities, including modernizing elevators.  “VTA will use this critical funding to help create jobs to build projects like the Silicon Valley BART Extension, to help meet the State of California mandates for clean energy fleets by 2040, and provide electric charging infrastructure at our three bus yards,” said VTA General Manager/CEO Carolyn Gonot. “We have a responsibility to build a greener transportation network in Santa Clara County and this funding will help us do that.”  “We have worked for two decades to ensure zero-emission is more than a test of innovation but achievable delivery of service aboard our expanding fleet of both hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric buses,” says General Manager Michael Hursh. “It is now our hope that this historic bill will accelerate AC Transit’s mission to eliminate tailpipe emissions from every bus by 2040, by funding infrastructure improvements like large-scale depot bus charging, faster and more efficient hydrogen fueling pumps, battery storage and microgrid systems for resilient operations, and renewed maintenance facilities to accommodate these new zero-emission bus technologies.” “With this monumental help from our state and federal leaders, we now have the much needed funds to better our critical assets, transportation system and agency infrastructure,” said Jeffrey Tumlin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “These dollars will directly fund the programs and projects our community values most-- including State of Good Repair, Complete Streets Investments, Fleet Replacement, Safe Streets for All Program, Overhead Lines, Historic Fleet Rehabilitation and Repair and Vision Zero.”   “Overall, it is hard to overstate the significance of this legislation to the Capitol Corridor and the nation’s passenger rail industry,” said Rob Padgette, Managing Director for the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority. “Historically, we have relied almost entirely on funds from the State of California to invest in passenger rail improvements. With IIJA, we can now partner with the Federal government to dramatically enhance our service. For our riders, this legislation will mean stronger rail connections throughout the Northern California megaregion; improved safety and reliability; and an overall better customer experience.” California will receive approximately $9.5 billion for public transportation and $47.2 billion for roads, bridges and ports from the bill. An additional $600 million will be available to prepare transportation system for extreme weather, including drought and wildfires. The bill also includes an approximately $475 billion reauthorization of the core federal transportation program for the next five years, a 56% increase over the current Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The new five-year federal program should provide approximately $4.5 billion to the Bay Area through established formulas, which among other things will help to fund the purchase of new electric buses. ### fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/8fca39dc-5b78-4931-99d4-9ee82f1965bc <a href="/news/caltrain-deliver-fans-see-enrique-iglesias-and-ricky-martin-sap-center" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Deliver Fans to See Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin at SAP Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-deliver-fans-see-enrique-iglesias-and-ricky-martin-sap-center   Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin will be performing at San Jose’s SAP Center Sunday, November 14, and Caltrain is there to play hero for those who wish to live la vida loca. Caltrain’s weekend service offer plenty of opportunities to reach the event, as the San Jose Diridon Station is just a short walk from the venue. On Sunday, the last northbound train departs San Jose at 11:12 p.m. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Face coverings are always required on Caltrain, and at Caltrain stations and facilities. Click COVID-19, for the latest Caltrain information. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                        ###                           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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/9b1594b7-e1a7-4e68-9045-2fdf46ac6fcc <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-service-sap-center-jo-koy" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Service to SAP Center for Jo Koy</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-service-sap-center-jo-koy   Jo Koy takes the stage on Friday, November 12, at 8 p.m., at San Jose’s SAP Center, and Caltrain is not just kidding about delivering fans to the show. Caltrain’s weekday service offers plenty of opportunities to reach the event, as the San Jose Diridon Station is just a short walk from the venue. The last northbound train departs San Jose at 11:12 p.m. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Face coverings are always required on Caltrain, and at Caltrain stations and facilities. Click COVID-19, for the latest Caltrain information. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                        ###                           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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/35c2ac98-11bd-4a36-83ab-03bee12df71f <a href="/news/sign-times-caltrain-runs-service-harry-styles-sap-center" hreflang="en">As a Sign of the Times, Caltrain Runs Service to Harry Styles at SAP Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/sign-times-caltrain-runs-service-harry-styles-sap-center   Harry Styles will be performing at San Jose’s SAP Center Thursday, November 11, and Caltrain will get you there because we adore you. Caltrain’s weekday service offer plenty of opportunities to reach the event, as the San Jose Diridon Station is just a short walk from the venue. On Thursday, the last northbound train departs San Jose at 11:12 p.m. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Face coverings are always required on Caltrain, and at Caltrain stations and facilities. Click COVID-19, for the latest Caltrain information. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                        ###                           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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/59358fd1-74b6-447b-a7a1-a546ae5c20af <a href="/news/take-caltrain-outside-lands-san-francisco" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to Outside Lands in San Francisco</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-outside-lands-san-francisco   The Outside Lands Festival returns to Golden Gate Park on Friday, October 29, through Sunday, October 31, and Caltrain is there to help attendees get up the Peninsula to see Tame Impala, Lizzo, The Strokes, Tyler, the Creator, Vampire Weekend and a host of other musical acts. Caltrain has northbound weekday and weekend service to the San Francisco Station at 4th and King streets. From there, festival-goers can make their way toward Golden Gate Park by hopping onto Muni’s N-Judah line and walking seven minutes towards the park. The last train will depart at 12:05 a.m. on all three nights.   Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Caltrain advises that everyone respect public health orders, wear a face covering in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Caltrain reminds customers to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/471133d0-540a-4838-a4ea-73e0a5ab19ac <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-vs-washington-saturday" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Service to Stanford vs. Washington this Saturday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-vs-washington-saturday   The Stanford Cardinal take on the Washington Huskies this Saturday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m., and fans can count on Caltrain to deliver them to and from the game. Caltrain is providing both pre-game and post-game service to and from the Stanford Stadium Station for all weekend Cardinal home games this season. Fans can find more train service details for the entire season on Caltrain’s website. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Please be advised that there are no ticket machines or Clipper readers at the Stanford Stadium Station. Passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app to purchase a return ticket, and Clipper users should seek out Caltrain staff that will have portable Clipper readers for their convenience. Face coverings are required on Caltrain, and at Caltrain stations and facilities, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/02948071-e1ce-46c9-9775-3c84823cd1b7 <a href="/news/caltrain-deliver-fans-49ers-vs-colts" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Deliver Fans to 49ers vs. Colts</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-deliver-fans-49ers-vs-colts   This Sunday, October 24, the San Francisco 49ers take on the Indianapolis Colts at 5:20 p.m., and Caltrain, in partnership with BART and VTA, is running service to get fans to Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium for the action. Caltrain will be operating its regular weekend service along the Peninsula. Fans can transfer to Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail at the Mountain View Caltrain Station for continuing service to the stadium. Following the game, Caltrain’s northbound trains will depart Mountain View once per hour. Trains will make all weekend local stops (including Broadway station) to San Francisco. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. On game day, riders can also purchase a Joint Caltrain+VTA Day Pass on the mobile app or at a ticket machine that will cover you on Caltrain until the last train and on VTA local buses and light rail until 3 a.m. Face coverings are required on Caltrain, and at Caltrain stations and facilities, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Caltrain also reminds fans to drink responsibly and that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Food and beverage aren’t allowed on VTA. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/b9ef0cd3-ee7b-4443-a321-f7cd6674261e <a href="/news/disney-ice-offers-skating-spectacle-sap-center" hreflang="en">Disney on Ice Offers Skating Spectacle at SAP Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/disney-ice-offers-skating-spectacle-sap-center This week, Disney on Ice will be performing Let’s Celebrate at San Jose’s SAP Center through Sunday, October 24, and Caltrain is a great way to get the family there. Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for non-stop fun when 50 of your favorite Disney friends come to life through world-class ice skating! Caltrain’s weekday and weekend schedules offer plenty of opportunities to reach the event, as the San Jose Diridon Station is just a short walk from the venue. During the weekday, the last northbound train departs San Jose at 11:12 p.m. On the weekend, the last northbound train also departs San Jose at 11:12 p.m., making all local stops including the Broadway station. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Face coverings are always required on Caltrain, and at Caltrain stations and facilities. Click COVID-19, for the latest Caltrain information. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                                                               ###                                                           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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.                 fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ef78d5a4-254f-4d40-9567-3c560a6e0083 <a href="/news/take-caltrain-warriors-chase-center" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to the Warriors at Chase Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-warriors-chase-center Bay Area basketball fans looking to avoid the high cost of parking can take Caltrain to Chase Center to see the Golden State Warriors take on the Los Angeles Clippers for their season home opener game at 7 p.m. tonight. Fans can take Caltrain to the San Francisco Station at 4th and King Streets, where they can walk less than a mile to Chase Center or transfer to Muni Light Rail, which is free with a Warriors ticket. Riders are encouraged to check the schedule for service to and from the park to ensure they are at the platform with a paid ticket before trains arrive and depart. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Face coverings are always required on Caltrain, and at Caltrain stations and facilities. Click COVID-19, for the latest Caltrain information. Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                        ###                                                           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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/497f8891-ad96-46d9-aa1d-aa3fa0689075 <a href="/news/caltrain-board-recognizes-hispanic-heritage-month" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-recognizes-hispanic-heritage-month   The Caltrain of Directors passed a resolution honoring Hispanic Heritage Month at its October meeting. “The Hispanic/Latinx community has been a part of this region’s history for so long, it predates even the building of this railroad,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dev Davis. “We at Caltrain wish to honor the many contributions of Hispanic Americans to our community and our nation.” 26% of Caltrain riders identify as Hispanic/Latino, with a survey from 2019 showing 11% of riders speak Spanish in the home. There was a substantial increase among this population over the course of the last year, which can be attributed both to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as equity policies implemented by Caltrain, including increased off-peak service and improved connections to other local and regional transit systems. Caltrain’s vision is to provide a safe, reliable, sustainable modern rail system that meets the growing mobility needs of the diverse communities that make up the San Francisco Bay Area region. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/dfbc755d-205c-46f3-8fdb-3cc0d22f03ed <a href="/news/take-caltrain-fleet-week-san-francisco" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to Fleet Week in San Francisco</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-fleet-week-san-francisco   San Francisco is abuzz as Fleet Week festivities return to the city’s waterfront this week, and Caltrain is reporting for duty. Events, including a spectacular performance by the Blue Angels this weekend, begin today, October 6, and will continue through Sunday, October 10. Air shows will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, October 8 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend. Caltrain will be running its regular service throughout the week and weekend. Riders should be aware that there are Giants home games on Friday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 9 at 6 p.m., which will result in larger crowds. Upon arrival at Caltrain’s San Francisco Station, passengers can transfer to Muni’s 30-Stockton bus for a connection to the Marina Green, where most of the week’s festivities will take place. San Francisco’s Fleet Week includes a parade of naval ships, tours of vessels, and, of course, aerial shows from the world famous Blue Angels flight exhibition team. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Caltrain reminds customers to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/46116ca6-23b2-407b-9910-b5056a9ee86d <a href="/news/caltrain-completes-grade-crossing-improvement-projects-menlo-park-and-san-mateo" hreflang="en">Caltrain Completes Grade Crossing Improvement Projects in Menlo Park and San Mateo</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-completes-grade-crossing-improvement-projects-menlo-park-and-san-mateo    Caltrain completed Grade Crossing Improvement Projects at five locations in Menlo Park and San Mateo. This effort to improve public safety and prevent strikes began in May 2019. The project included more clearly marked pedestrian crossings with new paint striping and lettering, pavement markers, and the installation of a fixed median with flexible bollards. The improvements were made at 1st, 2nd and 3rd Avenues in San Mateo and Glenwood and Oak Grove Avenues in Menlo Park. The project cost $1.4 million, with $1 million coming from State Transit Assistance funds. The remainder of the funding came from Caltrain’s Capital budget. Coincidentally, this project was completed during Rail Safety Month. For the last 17 years, Caltrain has planned or participated in an annual rail safety event in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver, an international model program for rail safety. Caltrain addresses safety through a comprehensive, ongoing program that focuses on the “Three E’s” of railroad safety – Education, Engineering and Enforcement. Improving and separating grade crossings are a major part of the Engineering focus, as studies have shown that reducing access to train tracks is the most effective way of preventing strikes. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0ac5ddee-d2ce-4002-9aed-d9ccd10971af <a href="/news/take-caltrain-see-michael-buble-chase-center" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to See Michael Bublé at Chase Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-see-michael-buble-chase-center   If Michael Bublé makes you feel all bubbly inside, Caltrain is there to help you see him in person at Chase Center on Wednesday, September 29 at Chase Center at 8 p.m. Fans can take Caltrain to the San Francisco Station, where they can walk less than a mile to Chase Center or transfer to Muni Light Rail, which is free with the purchase of a ticket to the show. Caltrain is currently offering 50% off all fares for the month of September. Riders are encouraged to check the schedule for service to and from Chase Center to ensure they are at the platform with a paid ticket before trains arrive and depart. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ###                        About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/52d4e71f-42a5-4f2a-acdc-274f793d4464 <a href="/news/caltrain-provides-service-49ers-vs-packers" hreflang="en">Caltrain Provides Service to 49ers vs. Packers</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-provides-service-49ers-vs-packers   This Sunday, September 26, the San Francisco 49ers kick off against the Green Bay Packers at 5:20 p.m., and Caltrain, in partnership with BART and VTA, is still the best choice for fans heading to Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium for the action. Caltrain will be operating its regular weekend service along the Peninsula. Fans can transfer to Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail at the Mountain View Caltrain Station for continuing service to the stadium. Following the game, Caltrain’s northbound trains will depart Mountain View once per hour. Trains will make all weekend local stops (including Broadway station) to San Francisco. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. On game day, riders can also purchase a Joint Caltrain+VTA Day Pass on the mobile app or at a ticket machine that will cover you on Caltrain until the last train and on VTA local buses and light rail until 3 a.m. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Food and beverage aren’t allowed on VTA. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/02be4331-e52a-46bf-a790-76685e203280 <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-vs-ucla-saturday" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Service to Stanford vs. UCLA this Saturday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-vs-ucla-saturday   It’s North versus South at Stanford Stadium, with the Cardinal taking on the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, September 25, at 3 p.m. Cardinal and Bruin fans alike can count on Caltrain to deliver them to and from the game. Caltrain is providing both pre-game and post-game service to and from the Stanford Stadium Station for all weekend Cardinal home games this season. Fans can find more train service details for the entire season on Caltrain’s website. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Please be advised that there are no ticket machines or Clipper readers at the Stanford Stadium Station. Passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app to purchase a return ticket, and Clipper users should seek out Caltrain staff that will have portable Clipper readers for their convenience. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/f307b30f-21e4-4a85-bed1-525e196739c5 <a href="/news/caltrain-announces-new-leadership-electrification-project" hreflang="en">Caltrain Announces New Leadership for Electrification Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-announces-new-leadership-electrification-project   As the Caltrain Electrification civil infrastructure is successfully headed towards completion, Caltrain Modernization (CalMod) Chief Officer John Funghi will be leaving at the end of this year. Funghi will be working until October 15, 2021 and then plans to take a well-deserved leave to the end of this year. The agency is transitioning the project to new leadership to ensure a successful outcome resulting in passenger service with high-performance electric trains by 2024. The agency is pleased to announce the appointment of Pranaya Shrestha as the Interim Chief of the Caltrain Modernization Program. Shrestha has 30 years of rail experience, including experience with 25kV AC commuter rail and DC light rail systems, and design-build project delivery successes with federal recognition. He has finished 19 major transit projects totaling more than $9 billion, and has worked on transit projects in Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Orlando, and Seattle. Shrestha has worked with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and has established solid working relationships that have resulted in positively delivering federally funded projects. He is currently a HNTB consultant and will be on property 100% dedicated to the $2.3 billion Electrification project. “We would like to welcome Pranaya to Caltrain as we march towards revenue service in 2024,” said Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “Pranaya has successfully delivered projects and worked with all the major contractors that are working on the Electrification project. With his many years of experience, we believe he is the right person to lead the Electrification project.” Much of the civil infrastructure work for the Electrification project is progressing as expected. The majority of the work remaining, with risk, relates to the signal and systems integration work. The start of electrification testing is scheduled to start before end of the year. “Signal work and systems integration work are very complex,” Bouchard added. “Converting an operating diesel system to an electrical system is complicated and must be done right to minimize interruptions to the railroad and ensure a safe environment for the riders, public and Caltrain personnel.” “We would like to sincerely thank John Funghi for his more than three years of service to the railroad,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dev Davis. “His leadership has allowed the project to advance construction significantly with a trajectory for electrified revenue service by 2024.” ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/9550a7ec-80ee-4b12-987d-7fdda0300e2a <a href="/news/caltrain-and-city-san-mateo-celebrate-completion-25th-avenue-grade-separation-project" hreflang="en">Caltrain and City of San Mateo Celebrate Completion of 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-and-city-san-mateo-celebrate-completion-25th-avenue-grade-separation-project   After four years of construction, Caltrain and the City of San Mateo, along with local dignitaries and funding partners, celebrated the completion of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project with a ribbon-cutting event today. Caltrain, in cooperation with the City of San Mateo, raised the tracks and slightly lowered the road at E. 25th Avenue, which has been one of the agency’s busiest grade crossings in San Mateo due to its proximity to the San Mateo County Event Center. The improvements at E. 25th Avenue eliminates the risk of pedestrians and vehicles accessing the tracks, and helps reduce local traffic congestion in the area.  In addition to separating the tracks and road at E. 25th Avenue, the project also provided an opportunity to complete east-west street connections at 28th and 31st Avenues in conformance with the San Mateo Rail Corridor Transit Oriented Development Plan. As part of the $205.9 million project improvements, Caltrain built a new elevated Hillsdale Station approximately four blocks north of its previous location, and is now accessible from 28th Avenue in San Mateo. The new station features a center-boarding platform and pedestrian underpass, eliminating the need for riders to wait at a crossing gate to get from one platform to the other. It also offers riders on-demand bicycle eLockers and traditional bike racks, two parking lots and six connecting SamTrans routes, making the station a truly multi-modal transit hub. The project was funded by Measure A funds, contributions from the City of San Mateo, California Public Utilities Commission Section 190, and high-speed rail funds. "The 25th Avenue grade separation is a step forward for the safety of Caltrain riders and the San Mateo community," said Congressmember Anna Eshoo. "In addition to enhanced safety, the improved connections provide a more accessible way to travel between the east and west sides of the City, with greater connection to the innovative businesses that drive our economy. This project is a great example of how investments in infrastructure improve our communities." “Thank you to all of the elected officials, government agencies, and other transportation stakeholders who worked so hard to bring this project to fruition. I am proud that this newest grade separation – a safe and efficient east-west connection – lies right in the heart of my Senate district, said State Sen. Josh Becker. “I look forward to supporting and promoting more projects like this throughout San Mateo County, and doing what I can to secure more funds so we can have the highly efficient multi-modal transportation corridor the Peninsula deserves.” “The completion of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project brings a new level of safety, improved traffic flow, and increased accessibility by connecting neighborhoods in the City of San Mateo,” said Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin. “This project would not have been possible without cooperation between multiple jurisdictions at the local, regional and state level. Once again, San Mateo County has shown how to get things done by working and collaborating together.” “We are very excited that our community will now get to enjoy the many benefits of this long-awaited project,” said Mayor Eric Rodriguez, City of San Mateo. “It is thanks to our project partners, funders, the business community, and our residents, that we could deliver on the promise of making it easier for everyone to enjoy San Mateo and all that we have to offer.” “The safety of Caltrain passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists has been our top priority from the beginning of this project,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dev Davis. “This grade separation will ensure the safety of our residents and will reduce traffic and noise in the surrounding area. I’m grateful this grade separation is completed and look forward to completing more by collaborating with residents on how we can provide them the best Caltrain experiences.”    “This project separates the roadway from the railroad tracks in three different places, making our streets safer, while forging better connections between neighborhoods and communities,” said TA Board Chair Emily Beach. “I thank the voters of San Mateo County for supporting Measure A, which made this project possible.” "The 25th Avenue grade separation project is a good example of how partnership can lead to regional improvements now, while also paving the way for future high-speed rail service," said California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Brian Kelly. "This was once one of the state's more dangerous grade crossings; now, thanks to work completed, the region will see less traffic congestion, improved safety and upgraded facilities. We are proud to partner with the City of San Mateo, San Mateo County, Caltrain and others on these improvements, and will continue to work closely together to bring California High-Speed Rail to the Bay Area."    ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/1424276b-c7f2-4166-9f15-1129a3f67d47 <a href="/news/caltrain-launches-go-pass-donation-program" hreflang="en">Caltrain Launches Go Pass Donation Program</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-launches-go-pass-donation-program   Caltrain has launched a program that allows Go Pass subscribers to donate unused 2021 passes to a network of qualified community-serving organizations. The program, still at the pilot stage, is intended to increase access to the Caltrain system, build ridership across a diverse market, and preserve Go Pass participation through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The pilot will use 700 unlimited-ride Go Passes donated by Intuit, using Clipper Cards provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). The passes will go to community-serving organizations throughout the three counties Caltrain serves, to be distributed to their clients who could benefit from a Go Pass. A full launch of the program is planned for January, which will run throughout 2022, using donations received from Go Pass subscribers this fall. “The Caltrain Board applauds the donations of Intuit and MTC, which have made the first phase of the new program possible,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dev Davis. “This is a wonderful opportunity to support the works of many organizations that serve our community, and we look forward to more companies joining this effort.” “This donation helps solve equity needs in our backyard and strengthen the communities around us,” said Tom Harrington, Intuit Global Commute Solutions Leader. “We are proud to donate 700 Go Passes to the local organizations serving our communities.” “The Go Pass is a terrific benefit to our clients, our staff and our community,” said Bart Charlow, CEO of Samaritan House, one of the organizations receiving Go Passes. “Thank you Caltrain and all of your donors for advancing equity and your commitment to community service.” In September 2020, Caltrain approved its Equity, Connectivity, Recovery &amp; Growth Policy to help ensure that the rail service’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic expanded access to low-income individuals and communities of color that have historically been underrepresented in the system’s ridership. This is necessary for the long-term success of Caltrain, both financially and in regards to its goal to provide transportation access to those who most need it. The Go Pass Donation Program helps to achieve the Policy’s goal of expanding access to the Caltrain system. Due to the pandemic, Caltrain has already made many adjustments to the Go Pass program. The agency extended the 2020 Go Pass to be valid through March 2021, and the 2021 Go Pass was sold at a 25% discount to a pro-rated cost, to account for the shorter duration of the 2021 Go Pass, as well as continued uncertainty related to commuting patterns and usage of the passes. On August 30, Caltrain began running more service than it did before the pandemic, with 104 trains running every weekday, more service at peak hours, midday and evenings as well as the return of the Baby Bullet. This increase in service outside of traditional commuter hours was also a goal laid out by Caltrain in its Equity Policy, to include more essential workers and transit dependent individuals, who are less likely to travel on a traditional 9-5 commute schedule. The rail service is also offering a 50% discount on all fares for the month of September. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/2f090bdb-7869-40ef-b8cd-83120d3963e8 <a href="/news/caltrain-ticket-mountain-view-art-and-wine-festival" hreflang="en">Caltrain is the Ticket to the Mountain View Art and Wine Festival</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-ticket-mountain-view-art-and-wine-festival   If you’re looking to enjoy a glass of wine in downtown Mountain View this weekend, Caltrain is your best way to get there. The Mountain View Art and Wine Festival takes place on Saturday, September 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the Caltrain Parking Lot, making Caltrain the obvious choice for transportation to and from the event. Caltrain’s recently updated weekend schedule provides hourly train service from both north and southbound trains throughout the run of the event. Additionally, all fares are 50% off for the month of September. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/e5277fce-7a03-4977-b943-2265450100a4 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-rides-opera-ballpark" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Rides to the Opera at the Ballpark</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-rides-opera-ballpark   Opera at the Ballpark returns to Oracle Park this Friday, September 10, and Caltrain is on hand to get you to there to hear every note. Trains arrive at the San Francisco Station, at 4th and King Streets, every half hour prior to the concert. Regular scheduled trains will leave San Francisco Station every half hour until 11 p.m., with the last southbound train of the evening departing from San Francisco Station at 12:05 a.m., making all weekday stops. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain advises that everyone respect public health orders, wear a face covering in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                        ###                           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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/050ffa4b-2440-48c3-b00f-3d2ee44de8e6 <a href="/news/caltrain-operate-weekend-schedule-labor-day" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Operate Weekend Schedule for Labor Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-operate-weekend-schedule-labor-day Caltrain will operate a weekend schedule for Labor Day on Monday, September 6.  With the recent schedule changes that began on August 30, Caltrain now operates a unified weekend schedule with identical schedules operating on Saturdays and Sundays. The last northbound train of the day will depart Tamien Station at 11:05 p.m. and San Jose Diridon Station at 11:12 p.m. The last southbound train of the day will leave from San Francisco Station at 12:05 a.m. For more information about Caltrain Holiday Service or help planning a trip, passengers can call the Customer Service Center at 1-800-660-4287 or visit www.caltrain.com. The Customer Service Center is open on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain, will be closed on Labor Day. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/7094dd3f-7b7c-489f-8f3b-84063d06597b <a href="/news/caltrain-board-proclaims-september-rail-safety-suicide-prevention-month-1" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Proclaims September Rail Safety & Suicide Prevention Month</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-proclaims-september-rail-safety-suicide-prevention-month-1 For most people living and working along the rail corridor, the sight of Caltrain operating daily service up and down the Peninsula is commonplace. However, complacency around a heavy commuter train and relatively open access to the rails often leads to tragedy. To highlight the importance of safety around train tracks and the high rate of intentional deaths on the rails, the Caltrain Board adopted a proclamation designating September as both Railroad Safety Month and Suicide Prevention Month during its monthly meeting. “This proclamation for Railroad Safety &amp; Suicide Prevention Month reaffirms Caltrain’s commitment to provide safe and efficient train service between San Francisco and Gilroy,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dev Davis during the meeting. “It is an opportunity to highlight the promotion and advancement of safety and prevention on the right of way through enhanced safety measures and increased public awareness.” In honor of Rail Safety and Suicide Prevention Month, Caltrain will be promoting agency-created rail safety videos, in addition to promoting rail safety and suicide prevention messaging on our various social media platforms throughout the month, using #CaltrainSafe and #railsafety. The railroad has historically collaborated with suicide prevention agencies to prevent intentional deaths on the rails by posting crisis hotline signage at points all along the corridor and partnering with local behavioral and mental health organizations. On Friday, September 17, at 10 a.m., Caltrain will host a ribbon-cutting event at the new Hillsdale Caltrain Station to celebrate the completion of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project in San Mateo. The project separates the train tracks from the road at East 25th Avenue, between El Camino Real and South Delaware Street, while creating new east-west connections at 28th and 31st Avenues. This eliminates the risk of pedestrians and vehicles accessing the tracks, and prevents traffic bottlenecks at grade crossings. Studies have shown that separating train tracks from roads is the most effective way to prevent people from getting struck and killed by locomotives. Caltrain addresses safety through a comprehensive, ongoing program that focuses on the “Three E’s” of railroad safety – Education, Engineering and Enforcement. For the last 17 years, Caltrain has planned or participated in an annual rail safety event in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver, an international model program for rail safety. Since 2009, California Operation Lifesaver has declared September as Rail Safety Month. As one of the nonprofit organization’s community partners, Caltrain joins in their efforts to promote rail safety initiatives. To be a part of the conversation during Rail Safety Month, passengers and local residents can pick a favorite safety tip and share it on social media with #CaltrainSafe and #RailSafety. Examples of tips:   If you encounter an emergency on Caltrain or see something suspicious, call the Transit Police at 1.877.SAF.RAIL (1.877.723.7245). A typical Caltrain train can take nearly a mile to stop, even when emergency brakes are applied. It is never safe to stop closer than 15 feet from the rails, and a train is at least three feet wider than tracks on both sides. Only cross Caltrain tracks at designated crossings when it is safe to do so. While it might not be the quickest route, it is the safest. For more information, visit www.caltrain.com/railsafety. ###   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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3e69ef5e-461a-4e96-b334-bbef9c9eb729 <a href="/news/caltrain-provides-service-49ers-vs-raiders" hreflang="en">Caltrain Provides Service to 49ers vs. Raiders</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-provides-service-49ers-vs-raiders   It may not be a battle of the Bay anymore, but this Sunday, August 29, the San Francisco 49ers take on the Las Vegas Raiders, and Caltrain, in partnership with BART and VTA, is still the best way to get to Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium and watch that pigskin fly. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Caltrain will be operating its regular weekend service along the Peninsula. From the Mountain View station, fans will be able to board Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail for continuing service to the stadium. Following the game, Caltrain’s northbound trains will depart Mountain View once per hour. Trains will make all weekend local stops (including Broadway station) to San Francisco. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. On game day, riders can also purchase a Joint Caltrain+VTA Day Pass on the mobile app or at a ticket machine that will cover you on Caltrain until the last train and on VTA local buses and light rail until 3 a.m. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Food and beverage aren’t allowed on VTA. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/34c2d8c8-591c-4c5c-ac91-8294081e9698 <a href="/news/shuttle-service-returns-hillsdale-station" hreflang="en">Shuttle Service Returns to Hillsdale Station ​</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/shuttle-service-returns-hillsdale-station   Starting Monday, August 30, in coordination with Caltrain’s upcoming service changes, the shuttles that were rerouted to the Belmont Caltrain Station will return to the new Hillsdale Station, which has recently been completed. Starting on Monday, the Campus Drive, Lincoln Centre and Mariners Island shuttles will serve the new Hillsdale Station. The shuttle stop is located in the north parking lot between 25th and 28th Avenues. Shuttle passengers are advised use the north ramp from the station platform to access the shuttle stop. The 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project delivered a new Hillsdale Caltrain Station, which opened to the public in April. The project also separated the train tracks from the road at East 25th Avenue, while creating new east-west connections at 28th and 31st Avenues. A ribbon-cutting commemorating the project’s completion is being planned for September. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/cdf57a89-2dcd-4a97-a68c-2ad1daf27b35 <a href="/news/grade-separated-east-31st-avenue-open" hreflang="en">Grade-Separated East 31st Avenue to Open</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/grade-separated-east-31st-avenue-open   The grade separated crossing at East 31st Avenue in San Mateo will open on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, to all modes of traffic for the first time, providing a new east-west connection from El Camino Real to the Bay Meadows neighborhood. The new road between South Delaware Street and El Camino Real provides an additional east-west connection that grants easier and safer access to the Hillsdale Shopping Center, Bay Meadows Town Square and the Hillsdale Caltrain Station. The new road also improves emergency vehicle access to surrounding neighborhoods. This is the final road component of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project, which improves transit accessibility for San Mateo’s Bay Meadows neighborhood, reduces train horn noise and gives the city welcomed ease from east-west traffic congestion. The project separated the train tracks from the road at East 25th Avenue, while creating new east-west connections at 28th and 31st Avenues. Earlier this year, a new East 28th Avenue, and an improved East 25th Avenue opened between El Camino Real and South Delaware Street. The improvements at East 25th Avenue eliminated the risk of pedestrians and vehicles accessing the tracks. The project also delivered a new Hillsdale Caltrain Station, which opened to the public in April. A ribbon-cutting commemorating the project’s completion is being planned for September. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/a45f87f1-4162-4ccb-a835-9e023ef96458 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-rides-hella-mega-tour" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Rides to the Hella Mega Tour</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-rides-hella-mega-tour   For anyone that really wants it to be 2002 again, Caltrain is offering service to the Hella Mega Tour at Oracle Park on Friday, August 27. Trains arrive at the San Francisco Station, at 4th and King Streets, every half hour prior to the concert. Regular scheduled trains will leave San Francisco Station every hour after 8 p.m., with the last train of the evening departing from San Francisco Station at 12:03 a.m., making all weekday stops to Tamien Station in San Jose. There will be a special southbound Local train after the show to accommodate the extra crowds attending the event. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain advises that everyone respect public health orders, wear a face covering in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                            ###                             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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3706b91e-b50c-4d71-b988-de7e5ccc4b43 <a href="/news/caltrain-run-more-service-ever-cut-fares-50" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Run More Service than Ever, Cut Fares 50%</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-run-more-service-ever-cut-fares-50   In anticipation of a large number of people returning to the office and in-person classes in September, starting Monday, August 30, Caltrain service will surpass its pre-pandemic levels, offering 104 trains per weekday, including hourly all-stop Local trains throughout the day and the return of the Baby Bullet express trains. As an additional incentive to riders, Caltrain is discounting all of its non-Go Pass fares by 50% during the month of September. The new level of weekday service, higher than any point in Caltrain’s history, will provide increased service and frequency throughout the day and into the evening. Service during the weekday peak commuting hours (6 a.m. to 9 a.m., 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) will be increased to four trains per hour with the return of hourly Baby Bullet express trains. Limited-Stop train service during the middle of the day will provide riders with a faster alternative, while half hourly service until 11 p.m. will provide better local service into the late evenings, in keeping with the goals of the Framework for Equity, Connectivity, Recovery and Growth. Another goal of the framework captured by the new schedule is a move towards clock-face scheduling, so trains arrive at regular and predictable intervals, simplifying the riding experience. The restoration of the third Gilroy train, which includes direct service to College Park station, will provide increased service to South Bay residents. Weekend service will now be identical, rather than separate Saturday and Sunday schedules, which adds two additional round trips in morning and late evening on Sundays. Caltrain developed the timetable with an emphasis on improving BART connections at the Millbrae Transit Center. Under the new timetable, the majority of connections during weekdays are between eight and 15 minutes, just right for rider convenience while flexible enough to avoid missing transfers. After 8:30 p.m. and for some weekend transfers, the wait time is currently less optimal. Both systems are dealing with intensive, system-wide construction, rebuilding, and maintenance activities that limit flexibility, and are continuing to work together to optimize our connections. As public health conditions continue to evolve and ridership continues to increase, Caltrain will make further service adjustments to meet the public’s changing transportation needs. Caltrain ridership continues to improve, regularly exceeding 12% of pre-pandemic levels on the weekdays and 40% on the weekends. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/fa99a662-fa95-41ec-a446-5a122873ef28 <a href="/news/caltrain-delivers-fans-49ers-preseason-games-levis-stadium" hreflang="en">Caltrain Delivers Fans to 49ers’ Preseason Games at Levi’s Stadium</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-delivers-fans-49ers-preseason-games-levis-stadium   As the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason approaches, Caltrain, in partnership with BART and VTA, remains the fans’ choice for traveling to Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium to see the action in person. Kickoff for the preseason home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs takes place this Saturday, August 14, at 5:30 p.m. Caltrain will be operating its regular weekend service along the Peninsula. From the Mountain View Caltrain Station, fans will be able to transfer to Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) bus bridge while they work on restoring light rail service. The buses will be staged at Mountain View to meet trains and then express to the stadium. Direct, non-stop bus service will run from the Mountain View station, connecting with Caltrain’s hourly service, beginning at 2 p.m. Post-game, direct non-stop bus service from Levi's Stadium back to Mountain View will run approximately one hour after the game. Following the game, Caltrain’s northbound trains will depart Mountain View at 9:03 p.m., 10:03 p.m. and last train at 11:03 p.m. Trains will make all weekend local stops (including Broadway station) to San Francisco. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. On game day, riders can also purchase a Joint Caltrain+VTA Day Pass on the mobile app or at a ticket machine that will cover you on Caltrain until the last train and on VTA local buses and light rail until 3 a.m. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. Food and beverage aren’t allowed on VTA. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/a2879afa-0ebc-45e5-b058-7d6a9bdbae57 <a href="/news/grade-separated-east-25th-avenue-reopens" hreflang="en">Grade-Separated East 25th Avenue Reopens</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/grade-separated-east-25th-avenue-reopens The grade separated crossing at East 25th Avenue in San Mateo has been reopened to all modes of traffic. The road and sidewalk between South Delaware Street and Palm Court were closed earlier this year in order to allow for the finalization of construction of East 25th Avenue, the namesake street for the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project. The project separated the train tracks from the road at East 25th Avenue, while creating new east-west connections at 28th and 31st avenues. Earlier this year, the new East 28th Avenue opened between El Camino Real and South Delaware Street. This eliminates the risk of pedestrians and vehicles accessing the tracks, prevents traffic bottlenecks and provides better access into the Bay Meadows neighborhood for emergency vehicles. The project also delivered a new Hillsdale Caltrain Station, which opened to the public in April. The 31st Avenue crossing is expected to be opened to the public in the late summer. A ribbon-cutting commemorating the project’s completion is being planned for September. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/2da15699-1081-4412-bfd0-804142c7bb5a <a href="/news/south-san-francisco-caltrain-station-open-november" hreflang="en">South San Francisco Caltrain Station to Open in November</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/south-san-francisco-caltrain-station-open-november   Caltrain has announced that the opening of its South San Francisco Station has been delayed until November. The delay resulted from unforeseen conditions under Caltrain’s tracks, low productivity by the contractor and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The significant risks are now behind us and the contractor productivity level has increased resulting in a projected station opening milestone in approximately five months. This total cost of the project has increased from $71.6 million to $96.6 million. $23 million of this funding gap will be provided by the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA), while the remaining $2 million will come from the City of South San Francisco. The new station will function more efficiently and will be safer and convenient for the riders. The new station design will also increase system capacity. The station will have a 700-foot center boarding platform with station amenities, and direct underground tunnel access to the station from the east and west side of the city which is currently physically divided by the freeway and the rail tracks. There will be a new multi-modal pick-up/drop-off area and a downtown plaza anchoring each end of the tunnel and providing welcoming entrances to the station. The new station will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Caltrain riders will continue to use the temporary South San Francisco station until station opening. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/6fc7a0d6-9eb4-40ae-92c0-a6d510ef8f8a <a href="/news/caltrain-and-samtrans-offer-fourth-july-service-observed-holiday-service" hreflang="en">Caltrain and SamTrans Offer Fourth of July Service & Observed Holiday Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-and-samtrans-offer-fourth-july-service-observed-holiday-service   Caltrain and SamTrans will provide holiday service on Sunday, July 4, for Independence Day. Caltrain will operate a Sunday schedule in addition to extra post-event southbound service following the Fourth of July fireworks show. Post-event trains will make all local weekend stops from San Francisco to San Jose. Folks planning to attend the festivities in San Francisco can ride Caltrain to the San Francisco Station and connect to Muni for service to and from the waterfront. The last train departs San Francisco station at 11:30 p.m. SamTrans will operate a regular Sunday schedule on July 4. Caltrain and SamTrans will operate a Sunday schedule on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app, a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco stations, or the Clipper app. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain advises that everyone respect public health orders, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain and SamTrans Holiday Service or for help planning your trip, call Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/d2b59322-0531-4128-978b-815894f27d0c <a href="/news/caltrain-brings-back-giants-millbrae-express-post-game-service" hreflang="en">Caltrain Brings Back Giants Millbrae Express Post-Game Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-brings-back-giants-millbrae-express-post-game-service   As the Bay Area reopens and growing numbers of Giants fans return to Oracle Park, Caltrain will offer special post-game service for San Francisco Giants Weekday night and Weekend night games starting Tuesday, June 15. An extra train will depart SF Station approximately 15 minutes after the last out, or when full, and express to Millbrae Station, and then make all local stops south to San Jose Diridon Station. The last train departs from San Francisco Station at 12:03 AM (Weekdays) and 12:04 AM (Saturdays). There will be no extra service after the last train in the event that a Giants game goes into extra innings in order to not disrupt ongoing construction. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain advises that everyone respect public health orders, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ###                        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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/8b9d87bb-9825-476e-bc72-fbf581d1b446 <a href="/news/caltrain-provides-service-first-ever-pride-movie-night-oracle-park" hreflang="en">Caltrain Provides Service to First Ever Pride Movie Night at Oracle Park</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-provides-service-first-ever-pride-movie-night-oracle-park   Pride Month is upon us, and anyone heading to San Francisco Pride’s Movie Night at Oracle Park on Friday, June 11, or Saturday, June 12, should take advantage of Caltrain’s affordable and convenient service. Celebrants can take Caltrain to the San Francisco Station, just a short walk from Oracle Park. Trains will arrive to station at 4th and King streets every half hour on Friday and every hour on Saturday. Riders are encouraged to check the schedule for service to and from the park to ensure they are at the platform with a paid ticket before trains arrive and depart. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain advises that everyone respect public health orders, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                        ###                           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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/12d2b751-ea33-426a-ba1f-7a26c9f7736b <a href="/news/caltrain-board-directors-approves-operating-and-capital-budgets-discusses-plans-restore" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board of Directors Approves Operating and Capital Budgets, Discusses Plans to Restore Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-directors-approves-operating-and-capital-budgets-discusses-plans-restore   Caltrain’s Board of Directors approved its operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 at the rail agency’s monthly board meeting. The $176.7 million operating budget approved by the Board includes $34.6 million in farebox revenues. For the first time in the agency’s history, Caltrain assumes it will receive no contributions from Caltrain’s three partners—the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and the City and County of San Francisco for the operating budget, however, funds from Measure RR and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) should be sufficient to cover the agency’s operating needs. This will be the first fiscal year in which Caltrain will have a dedicated non-fare revenue source, due to the passage of Measure RR. The operating budget includes funding for a planned restoration of service at the end of summer.  While staff is still working on the details of how service will be restored, the railroad plans to significantly increase service in late summer to match the planned expansion of BART service in the same timeframe, and to provide an attractive and competitive regional rail option for students and commuters who are returning to on-site work and learning throughout the corridor. Further updates on Caltrain’s planned restoration of service will be provided at the July Board meeting.       Caltrain’s $39.2 million capital budget will be funded through a combination of federal, regional and state grants, while it does not assume contributions from its partner agencies, discussions with the partners are ongoing. The Caltrain capital budget covers long-term infrastructure improvement and maintenance projects including maintenance work on stations and intermodal access, right of way signals and communications, and rolling stock. The capital budget also includes additional funding for the Guadalupe River Bridge Replacement Project, the construction phase of the Grade Crossing Improvements Project, the upgrade of Ticket Vending Machines throughout the corridor and the general state of good repair for the system at large. Caltrain’s finances were devastated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the ensuing dramatic decrease in ridership. The FY2021 budget required the use of a line of credit, but that debt will be resolved with federal funds provided by Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSSA). The FY2022 begins on July 1, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2022. ### 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. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/977f1fc6-11dc-4653-a256-f7144f65b0cc <a href="/news/caltrain-extends-fare-discounts-clipperr-users" hreflang="en">Caltrain Extends Fare Discounts for Clipper® Users</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-extends-fare-discounts-clipperr-users Passengers who use a Caltrain Monthly Pass, only available on Clipper® to ride the rail service, will continue to receive a 20% discount through June 30, 2023. The Caltrain Board of Directors unanimously passed the resolution during its June meeting where they also decided to postpone any fare increases approved at the September 2019 Board meeting as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The agency is providing this discount to encourage people returning to work to take advantage of transit, while also providing some financial relief for those that have been riding regularly throughout COVID-19. The following is a list of fare changes: Monthly Pass Products – Extend the temporary 20% discount through June 30, 2023 for all categories of the Monthly Pass. Go Pass – Postpone 5% increases in the price of the Go Pass by one year from January 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023, and again from January 1, 2024 to January 1, 2025. Clipper® Discount – Postpone a reduction of the Clipper discount from $0.55 to $0.25 per One-way adult fare with corresponding changes to all Clipper Products except the Eligible Discount One-way fare from July 1, 2021 to April 1, 2022. Periodic Fare Increases – Delay scheduled increases to the full price One-way base fare and zone charge (with corresponding increases to related products), as follows: Base Fare increase of $0.50: Postpone from July 1, 2021 to July 1, 2022 Zone Charge increase of $0.25: Postpone from July 1, 2022 to July 1, 2024 Base Fare increase of $0.50: Postpone from July 1, 2024 to July 1, 2026 Clipper START Means-Based Fare Discount: Extend the pilot program if, and for so long as, approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) through June 2023. For more information, visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/5e0acae8-8d69-4c76-b4cc-f4c1d90b5c56 <a href="/news/caltrain-electrification-delayed-2024" hreflang="en">Caltrain Electrification Delayed to 2024</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-electrification-delayed-2024   Caltrain has announced that the launch of electrified service has been delayed until late 2024. The delay, currently being reviewed by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), is due to a range of factors, including complications in the installation of signal systems, unforeseen conditions under Caltrain’s tracks, and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which severely disrupted supply chains necessary to the project. To date, 75% percent of foundations for the catenary poles are complete, while 60% of the poles have been installed. Currently, all of the 10 traction power facilities are under construction. The overhead contact system has been installed in all of Caltrain’s four tunnels. The first electric trainset has been completed and is currently being tested at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colo. Based on the progress so far, and design and construction work remaining, the FTA prepared and provided a draft Risk Refresh Report to Caltrain, estimating that the project will need an additional $333 million, increasing the project cost from $1.98 billion to $2.3 billion. Of the $333 million in forecasted costs, Caltrain has identified a funding plan for the known and allocated costs of $161 million. The remaining $172 million is in unallocated costs that has been set aside as a reserve for unknown risks. The agency will be developing a funding plan over the next several months in coordination with the project funding partners.  “These delays are disappointing, because the electrification of Caltrain is desperately needed,” said Caltrain Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “However, much has already been accomplished, and together with our contractors, funding partners and stakeholders, we will deliver the modern rail service that the Bay Area deserves.” “There is no question that the electrification of Caltrain is vital to the Bay Area,” said JPB Chair Dev Davis. “It is the foundation of the expanded service that is necessary to shrink our carbon footprint, get cars off our highways and help people throughout the region get where they need to go conveniently and affordably.” “Converting a rail line that was established in 1863 from diesel technology to cutting edge green electric power with computerized signal and control systems on a live railroad track is a highly complicated task,” said JPB Board Member Jeff Gee. “This report lays out an informed path to safe, electrified service that will benefit our communities for decades to come.” ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.       fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/e9a107b2-b74c-471f-9a74-53c31a7e2262 <a href="/news/caltrain-provide-free-rides-san-jose-vigil-tonight" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Provide Free Rides to San Jose Vigil Tonight</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-provide-free-rides-san-jose-vigil-tonight This evening, Caltrain will provide free train rides to and from the San Jose City Hall Vigil held in honor of the victims of the deadly shooting at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Light Rail Yard on May 26. Caltrain will provide free fares on trains 260 and 264, which arrive at the San Jose Diridon Station at 5:09 p.m. and 5:39 p.m., respectively. Passengers will need to notify the conductor that they will deboard at Diridon for the memorial/vigil that begins at 6 p.m. Fares will also be suspended for people leaving the vigil, who must notify conductors that they attended the event as well. Passengers at Diridon can transfer to VTA bus service, catching the Rapid 500, Rapid 522, 64A, 68, or 22 to San Jose City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street. Passengers can also walk the roughly one-mile to the memorial. For individuals wanting to provide additional support, Working Partnerships USA has set up a fund to aid victims and their families. For more information, visit https://act.wpusa.org/vta_victims_support_fund.    ###   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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/910e4471-7ecd-4657-8281-f8f7cb766133 <a href="/news/caltrain-run-holiday-schedule-memorial-day" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Run Holiday Schedule on Memorial Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-run-holiday-schedule-memorial-day Memorial Day is Monday, May 31, and Caltrain is ready to get riders where they need to go. The rail agency will operate on a standard holiday schedule, which is the same as a Sunday schedule. All 28 trains will be operating over the course of the day. Visit the Caltrain holiday service pages for more information. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos, will be closed on Memorial Day. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/a31dcdf0-b52a-4c14-bcde-963bc940e4ab <a href="/news/statement-caltrain-samtrans-offer-condolences-vta-shooting" hreflang="en">Statement: Caltrain, SamTrans Offer Condolences for VTA Shooting</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/statement-caltrain-samtrans-offer-condolences-vta-shooting   The men and women of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) are in the thoughts of everyone at Caltrain and SamTrans today as they cope with the shooting that took place at one of their facilities this morning. “This is a dark day for the VTA and the City of San Jose,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dev Davis. “We don’t yet have all the details regarding this horrible act, but we stand with our member agency as they continue to serve the public amidst this tragedy.” “We are deeply saddened by the terrible shooting this morning,” said SamTrans Board Chair Charles Stone. “Our hearts go out to everyone at VTA; especially the women and men who work to keep it running.” ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3f92ef61-611f-4c5f-a1a3-0ed6383cf86c <a href="/news/caltrain-celebrates-bike-wherever-day" hreflang="en">Caltrain Celebrates Bike to Wherever Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-celebrates-bike-wherever-day   Bike to Work Day is still on hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but Bike to Wherever Day is this Friday, May 21, and Caltrain is on hand to get you to wherever your wherever happens to be. Cyclists returning to Caltrain will be pleasantly surprised by the installation of bicycle eLockers at 12 of its stations. Belmont, Redwood City, Lawrence, Mountain View and San Jose Diridon stations received their new eLockers in February of this year, while the California Avenue, Hillsdale, Palo Alto, San Antonio, San Bruno, San Carlos and Sunnyvale stations have had them installed in the past month. The addition of over 180 eLockers means that there are currently more than 300 eLockers throughout the Caltrain system at 18 stations. Caltrain will continue to monitor the use of the eLockers and add more as demand increases. The standard fee for an eLocker is $.05 per hour, with night and weekends priced at $.02 per hour. The eLockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the past, Caltrain rented lockers out keyed lockers to individual users, but the new eLockers will give people with bikes more flexibility and increase locker availability. More information about accessing and using the eLockers is available at www.bikelink.org. Additionally, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is setting up Energizer Stations at nine Caltrain Stations: San Mateo, Hillsdale, Palo Alto, California Avenue, San Antonio, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and San Jose Diridon. The energizer stations will provide free giveaways and good cheer to encourage cyclists on Bike to Wherever Day.  Prior to COVID-19, Caltrain served approximately 10,000 bicyclists every weekday. Ten percent of customers typically bring their bike onboard. Survey data has found that many of these riders do so because they do not have a secure place to leave their bike at the station. This effort will provide those customers with an easy to use, secure facility and help alleviate some of the demand for bike space on trains. Expanding station bike parking is critical to meeting the Caltrain Business Plan's projected future ridership, which is expected to triple by 2040. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ff2822a9-3ba0-4fc3-b9fa-25f62da8d670 <a href="/news/caltrain-cheered-newsom-budget" hreflang="en">Caltrain Cheered by Newsom Budget</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-cheered-newsom-budget   Caltrain supports the expanded investment in rail transportation in Governor Newsom’s recently announced budget. With a focus on job creation, increasing connectivity, and protecting our climate, this budget calls for significant investments in transportation that will help Caltrain deliver on the 2040 Service Vision adopted in 2019. “It’s wonderful to see this level of commitment for rail from the Governor” said Caltrain Board Chair Dev Davis. “With Sacramento’s help, Caltrain will be able to build on the significant investment made in Caltrain Electrification and deliver better service for everyone who calls the Bay Area home” ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ba4d8a44-2d09-4bef-af90-8cb47a938cf3 <a href="/news/caltrain-considers-fare-changes-part-pandemic-recovery" hreflang="en">Caltrain Considers Fare Changes as Part of Pandemic Recovery</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-considers-fare-changes-part-pandemic-recovery Caltrain will host a public hearing later this month to gather feedback on potential changes to its fare structure as the rail agency continues to work on recovery plans as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Caltrain is seeking public comment on a proposed extension of the 20% discount on the Monthly Pass fare product through June 30, 2023. In March, the discount was approved only through September 2021. The agency is providing this discount to encourage people returning to work to take advantage of transit, while also providing some financial relief for those that have been riding regularly throughout the pandemic. Though not part of the public hearing, the public will also have an opportunity to provide feedback on postponing the following fare changes which were approved by the Board of Directors in 2019: A reduction of the Adult One-way Clipper® discount from 55 cents to 25 cents, with corresponding changes to all Clipper products Three incremental fare increases occurring every other year that alternate between increasing the Base Fare by 50 cents and the Zone Fare by 25 cents Two incremental fare increases to the Go Pass product by 5% every other year   The following are several ways the public can provide input to Caltrain: Public Meeting: Proposed Fare Changes Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Access Online: join.zoom.us OR via Telephone: 1.669.900.6833 Enter Webinar ID: 971 6867 0624 and Passcode: 240979 Public Hearing: JPB’s Board of Directors’ Finance Committee meeting Monday, May 24, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. Access Online: join.zoom.us OR via Telephone: 1.669.900.6833 Enter Webinar ID: 933 8892 7360 and Passcode: 790810 Prior to the hearing, comments may be sent by completing the online comment form HERE, by mail, e‐mail or phone: Board Secretary Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board P.O. Box 3006, San Carlos, CA 94070‐1306 Changes@caltrain.com1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) For translation or interpretation assistance, call Caltrain at 1.800.660.4287 at least three days before the meeting. Para obtener asistencia sobre traducciones o interpretaciones, llame a Caltrain al 1.800.660.4287 al menos tres días antes de la reunión. 如需笔译或口译协助,请在会议召开前至少三天拨打 Caltrain 电话 1.800.660.4287. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/c27086d7-e49a-4423-8d2f-5522066158ac <a href="/news/caltrain-seeks-volunteers-citizens-advisory-committee-4" hreflang="en">Caltrain Seeks Volunteers for Citizens Advisory Committee</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-seeks-volunteers-citizens-advisory-committee-4 The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB), the entity that manages Caltrain, is seeking volunteers from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to apply for its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC currently has openings for three seats, one each for representatives from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Committee members are asked to serve a three-year term. The CAC is composed of nine community members who serve in an advisory capacity to the Caltrain board of directors, providing input on the needs of current and potential rail customers. Residents interested in joining the advisory committee can find an application on the CAC web page here, or by calling 650.508.6347. Applications for the CAC are due by Thursday, May 27, 2021. The CAC meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:40 p.m. at the Caltrain headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue, about one block from the San Carlos Caltrain Station. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.caltrain.com/about/advisorycommittees/cac.html ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/60dd5029-d78a-49fb-8c4a-eb8eaa9cc56f <a href="/news/take-caltrain-see-warriors-chase-center" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to See the Warriors at Chase Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-see-warriors-chase-center Fans are headed back to the Chase Center to see the Golden State Warriors come out to play on Friday, April 23, and Caltrain is still the best way to get there. Fans can take Caltrain to the San Francisco Station, where they can walk less than a mile to Chase Center or transfer to Muni Light Rail, which is free with a Warriors ticket. Riders are encouraged to check the schedule for service to and from the park to ensure they are at the platform with a paid ticket before trains arrive and depart. Due to the replacement of the Napoleon Street Rail Bridge, Caltrain will not operate train service to the 22nd Street or San Francisco stations this weekend on April 24-25. Free SamTrans bus service will replace train service between the Bayshore, 22nd Street and San Francisco stations. For the Warriors game on Sunday, April 25 the last bus will depart San Francisco station 15 minutes after the end of game. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain advises that everyone respect public health orders, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                        ###                           About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/87448254-cfe4-4088-8d1d-2dc96679db78 <a href="/news/new-hillsdale-caltrain-station-open-april-26" hreflang="en">New Hillsdale Caltrain Station to Open April 26</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/new-hillsdale-caltrain-station-open-april-26   The new Hillsdale Caltrain Station will open to the public on Monday, April 26, rebuilt with modern amenities thanks to the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project. The new station has been relocated four blocks north of its previous location, between 28th and 31st Avenues. It has an elevated center-boarding platform, allowing for safer, more convenient pedestrian access. It also offers riders on-demand bicycle eLockers and traditional bike racks, two parking lots and six connecting SamTrans routes, making the station a truly multi-modal transit hub. The project is eliminating the at-grade crossing at 25th Avenue, while building new separated crossings at 28th and 31st Avenues. These improvements eliminate the possibility of pedestrians and vehicles reaching the tracks, improving public safety and eliminating traffic bottlenecks on surrounding streets. Effective Monday, April 26, Caltrain will also adjust both its weekday and weekend schedules to add service for the Hillsdale Station. Hillsdale Station will see service every half hour on weekdays and every hour on weeknights and weekends, while the Belmont Station will receive hourly service on both weekdays and weekends. There will be no other timetable changes. Caltrain staff will be giving out complimentary promotional items to riders from 6:30-10 a.m. on April 26. Once the Hillsdale Station reopens, the Hillsdale/Belmont Shuttle will be discontinued due to duplication of services, and paid parking at the Belmont Station will resume. Free SamTrans connections for Caltrain riders during the temporary Hillsdale Station closure will no longer be available. Shuttles that serve the Belmont Station during the temporary Hillsdale Station closure will continue until 25th Avenue is reopened in the late summer. Riders can access the new station at 28th Avenue and the pedestrian underpass while 25th and 31st Avenues are under construction. For more information visit www.caltrain.com/hillsdaleopening. “Caltrain is turning into the modern rail system the Bay Area deserves and the new Hillsdale Station captures much of what that means,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dev Davis. “It’s safer, more convenient, more accessible, more beautiful and more interconnected with the community around it.” “It’s a hopeful sign of renewal that our new Hillsdale Station is complete and ready for riders,” said San Mateo Mayor Eric Rodriguez. “Our residents will benefit from this project for generations to come, especially now with easier access to our beautiful new Hillsdale Shopping Center, our world-class tech headquarters, and our popular local restaurants — all while reducing traffic congestion and train horn noise in our neighborhoods.” “The Transportation Authority was proud to support this project, as it both helps to improve Caltrain’s operations while also creating clear benefits for the neighboring community,” said TA Board Chair Emily Beach. “This project has been a shining example of collaboration, delivering infrastructure improvements that will benefit our community for decades to come.” “As California reopens, it is fitting that Caltrain has a new station at Hillsdale ready to welcome riders back,” said Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin. “As people return to Caltrain, they will find a system that is continuing to grow and improve, with more coming soon.” “Eliminating at-grade crossings is vitally necessary for both public safety and traffic mitigation,” said Senator Josh Becker. “This project managed to do that, while also delivering a state-of-the-art new station, a clear win-win for the people of San Mateo County.” “The new Hillsdale Station and the broader 25thAvenue Grade Separation Project represent an important partnership between the state and local communities,” said California High Speed Rail CEO Brian Kelly. “This collaboration provides immediate benefits for Caltrain riders while setting the stage for high-speed rail operations.” ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/729e07fc-d7e4-4d3a-8e49-5bf56695177d <a href="/news/sf-weekend-service-closures-caltrain-begins-construction-napoleon-rail-bridge-replacement" hreflang="en">SF Weekend Service Closures: Caltrain Begins Construction on Napoleon Rail Bridge Replacement</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/sf-weekend-service-closures-caltrain-begins-construction-napoleon-rail-bridge-replacement   As part of the Marin &amp; Napoleon Rail Bridge Improvement Project, the replacement of the Napoleon Street Bridge will require two weekend service closures. Caltrain will not operate service to the 22nd Street or San Francisco stations on the weekends of April 17-18 and April 24-25. On these weekends, free SamTrans bus service will replace train service between the Bayshore, 22nd Street and San Francisco stations. Buses are ADA accessible, will have limited capacity for luggage and bikes onboard and require face coverings while on board. Riders are advised to check the revised schedule for the affected weekends to ensure they get to their destination on time. Southbound buses depart 25 minutes earlier from San Francisco station and 22 minutes earlier from 22nd Street station. There are no changes to departure times from Bayshore Station and all stations south. Caltrain strongly recommends riders traveling to watch the San Francisco Giants or the Golden State Warriors on the weekend of April 24-25 to use BART at Millbrae station or an alternative transit option, due to limited capacity on buses and social distancing requirements that will make it difficult to accommodate the influx of riders. The bridge improvements are needed to ensure the safety of community members and Caltrain passengers. This is the only time over the course of the project that service should be impacted to this extent. The Napoleon Street Bridge will need to be fully replaced to reinforce its structural integrity. Work on the Marin Street Bridge focuses on minor safety improvements. Additional track work will occur between Cesar Chavez and Jerrold Street. For more information, visit www.caltrain.com/SFWeekendClosure. 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/f6c06228-a166-4ed1-9fe1-41199af62a0e <a href="/news/take-caltrain-giants-home-opener" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to Giants Home Opener</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-giants-home-opener   It’s been a longer break than usual, but as the San Francisco Giants play their home opener in San Francisco with a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies, Caltrain is there to drop fans at the game and get them home after the last out. Riders are encouraged to check the schedule for service to and from the park to ensure they are at the platform with a paid ticket before trains arrive and depart. Caltrain continues to monitor ridership arriving and departing SF station and will support customer needs as the season progresses. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Riders that wish to use contactless payment can use either Caltrain mobile app or a Clipper card, which can now be purchased at a Ticket Vending Machine at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco Stations. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain advises that everyone respect public health orders, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                        ###                           About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/15214bd5-b307-45d7-8532-361f4d2d2bd7 <a href="/news/caltrain-upgrades-ticket-vending-machines-include-purchase-clipper-cards" hreflang="en">Caltrain Upgrades Ticket Vending Machines to Include Purchase of Clipper Cards</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-upgrades-ticket-vending-machines-include-purchase-clipper-cards To provide more touchless payment options for riders, Caltrain has upgraded its Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) to allow people the ability to purchase an Adult Clipper card or add cash value option to their card at the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Millbrae and San Francisco stations.  As part of the rail agency’s TVM Rehabilitation Project, 12 TVMs, one on each platform, have been upgraded to dispense Clipper products. More ticket machines will be upgraded over time. The ticket machines accept Apple and Google Pay, and can be operated with an easy-to-use touchscreen. When an Adult card is purchased with value, a cost of $3 for the card will be added to the total. The TVMs also sell Caltrain monthly passes and products from neighboring agencies, such as BART, SamTrans and VTA. According to results from Caltrain’s 2019 Customer Satisfaction Survey, customers have been wanting the option to add value to their Clipper cards from the TVMs for a number of years. This is the first time Caltrain has upgraded its TVMs since 2009. Clipper customers still need to tag on and off at the card reader at Caltrain stations before boarding. Caltrain and other Bay Area transit agencies are making a coordinated effort to keep essential transportation services available to the communities we serve through the Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan. The regional Healthy Transit Plan outlines action items for frequent cleaning, personal protective equipment, face coverings, social distancing, ventilation, and touchless fares in order to keep transit safe for all Bay Area residents and transit employees.  ###   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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.   Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/995ec9c2-cd66-406f-9ea1-3c7f87eb8bcf <a href="/news/caltrain-installs-new-bike-lockers-throughout-corridor" hreflang="en">Caltrain Installs New Bike Lockers Throughout Corridor</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-installs-new-bike-lockers-throughout-corridor   Caltrain has launched an effort to install bike eLockers at most of its stations, allowing people with bikes to park them easily, affordably and securely. So far in 2021, 96 eLocker spaces have been installed on the corridor at the Belmont, Redwood City, Lawrence, Mountain View and San Jose Diridon stations. The standard fee for an eLocker is $.05 per hour, with night and weekends priced at $.02 per hour. The eLockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the past, Caltrain rented lockers out keyed lockers to individual users, but the new eLockers will give people with bikes more flexibility and increase locker availability. More information about accessing and using the eLockers is available at www.bikelink.org. Following the railroad’s commitment to invest at least $3 million in wayside bicycle improvements in conjunction with the Electrification Project, Caltrain’s Board of Directors approved an award of contract for the expansion of eLockers at their September 2020 meeting. The contract awarded to Berkeley-based eLock Technologies, LLC will provide a guaranteed minimum of 632 eLockers at most of Caltrain’s stations along the corridor by the end of 2023, with the option to purchase up to an additional 718 units depending on customer demand and available funding. This investment was made possible in part by grant funding from California’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Caltrain served approximately 10,000 bicyclists every weekday. Ten percent of customers typically bring their bike onboard. Survey data has found that many of these riders do so because they do not have a secure place to leave their bike at the station. This effort will provide those customers with an easy to use, secure facility and help alleviate some of the demand for bike space on trains. Expanding station bike parking is critical to meeting the Caltrain Business Plan's projected future ridership, which is expected to triple by 2040.   ###   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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/99e4e1b8-5fd9-4925-889b-dec9d8ab99ac <a href="/news/caltrain-provide-free-rides-vaccination-sites-along-rail-corridor" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Provide Free Rides to Vaccination Sites Along Rail Corridor</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-provide-free-rides-vaccination-sites-along-rail-corridor Beginning Monday, March 22, Caltrain will provide free train rides to and from coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination sites for people living or working along the corridor within San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. For people interested in the free train rides, passengers going to and coming from a vaccination site must notify a conductor as soon as they board the train and must show proof of the vaccine appointment or a vaccination card. Fare payment to vaccination sites will not be required until further notice. “Since the onset of the pandemic, Caltrain has helped ensure essential workers and transit-dependent riders can remain mobile and get to where they need to go,” said Michelle Bouchard, Chief Operating Officer, Rail. “By offering free rides to and from vaccinations, we hope to remove cost barriers so that everyone across the three counties we serve has access to the vaccine.” Caltrain and other Bay Area transit agencies are making a coordinated effort to keep essential transportation services available to the communities we serve through the Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan. Many systems, including AC Transit, BART, SamTrans, SFMTA and VTA, are offering free rides to vaccine distribution sites to ensure those without a car can easily access the locations. The regional Healthy Transit Plan outlines action items for frequent cleaning, personal protective equipment, face coverings, social distancing, ventilation, and touchless fares in order to keep transit safe for all Bay Area residents and transit employees. ###  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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/d0fdb194-972c-42a0-8b7a-720e1560c4b2 <a href="/news/caltrain-implements-service-changes-maintain-regional-connections-and-improve-service" hreflang="en">Caltrain Implements Service Changes to Maintain Regional Connections and Improve Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-implements-service-changes-maintain-regional-connections-and-improve-service Starting Monday, March 22, Caltrain will adjust its weekday and weekend timetables to support regional transit connections, part of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) Blue Ribbon Task Force efforts. The task force was formed in May 2020 to help guide the future of the Bay Area’s public transportation network as the region adjusted to new conditions created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Caltrain’s service adjustments include the following: Maintaining BART connections at the Millbrae Transit Center to coincide with BART’s upcoming March 22 service changes Increasing weekday service from 68 to 70 trains Improving weekday morning &amp; evening service: Adjusting weekday train departure times to improve schedule reliability Weekend service to/from Tamien station will be modified to meet ridership demand As public health conditions continue to improve and ridership slowly increases, Caltrain will continue to make service adjustments to meet changing needs. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/d3cd82ec-f50c-4c04-9812-de4d6f51e119 <a href="/news/caltrain-statement-zero-tolerance-hateracism" hreflang="en">Caltrain Statement: Zero Tolerance for Hate/Racism</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-statement-zero-tolerance-hateracism Caltrain Board Chair and San José City Council Member, Devora ‘Dev’ Davis, released a statement today in response to an incident that occurred at the San Jose Diridon Station on Wednesday, March 10, addressing the increasing and escalating acts of violence targeting Asians and Asian-Americans. “Caltrain has zero tolerance for hate, racism, and xenophobia. Especially in our diverse region, our transit system is a place where all people should be safe,” Davis said. “Caltrain is thankful to our Transit Police and Allied Universal, our contract security, for their swift response to this issue.” Michelle Bouchard, Chief Operating Officer, Rail, stated: “Caltrain condemns all acts perpetuating racism and anti-Asian bigotry. Our operations team is whole-heartedly dedicated to providing a safe environment and we will continue to work with the community to do so.” ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/bb1d7523-e81d-4815-ade6-9f807de9af84 <a href="/news/caltrain-reduces-price-monthly-pass-20" hreflang="en">Caltrain Reduces Price for Monthly Pass by 20%</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-reduces-price-monthly-pass-20   Caltrain has reduced the price of its Monthly Pass by 20% from April to September. Riders can purchase an April Pass starting March 21. Caltrain is providing this discount to encourage people returning to work to take advantage of transit, while also providing some financial relief for those that have been riding regularly throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A standard monthly pass is the same price as 15 round trips, costing between $96 and $433.50, depending on how many zones one is traveling. A monthly pass provides free rides between the zones selected on weekdays, and allows the passholder to ride any distance free on weekends and holidays. Monthly passes are only available through Clipper, allowing for touchless payments, while also providing additional discounts for transfers to or from other transit systems, including VTA, SamTrans, SFMTA and Dumbarton Express. Riders can sign up for a Clipper card at their website or by using a Clipper machine at the San Francisco, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Redwood City, Millbrae or Palo Alto stations, as well as hundreds of retail vendors. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/67683545-112b-4c0a-a1e5-39b0478ef9d5 <a href="/news/28th-avenue-open-25th-close-part-25th-avenue-grade-separation-project" hreflang="en">28th Avenue to Open, 25th to Close as Part of 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/28th-avenue-open-25th-close-part-25th-avenue-grade-separation-project   Today, the new grade separated east-west connection at 28th Avenue was opened to traffic, as some of the lanes on the East 25th Avenue connection were temporarily closed as part of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project. When completed, the project will allow traffic to cross the Caltrain corridor without crossing the tracks at 25th, 28th and 31st Avenues. 28th Avenue will function as the primary means of getting between El Camino Real and Delaware Avenue for the four months required to lower the road at East 25th Avenue. The eastbound lanes at East 25th Avenue will be completely closed, while one westbound lane remains open. The 31st Avenue connection is expected to open to the public in fall 2021. These new grade-separated roads will improve safety for both motorists and pedestrians and will reduce local traffic congestion. This project will also deliver a new Hillsdale Station, which should open to the public this spring. Upon completion of construction, the new station will be relocated about one block north of its previous location, between 28th and 31st Avenues. The new station will have an elevated center-boarding platform allowing for safer, more convenient pedestrian access. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned andoperated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain providescommuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with commute service toGilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for theservice in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passengerservice in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service,Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Follow Caltrain on Facebookand Twitter.   Freetranslation assistance is available. Paratraducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3d52f5a9-2278-43bf-8ac1-1f3266b1f95b <a href="/news/caltrains-first-electric-trainset-shipped-colorado-testing" hreflang="en">Caltrain’s First Electric Trainset Shipped to Colorado for Testing</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrains-first-electric-trainset-shipped-colorado-testing   Caltrain’s first electric trainset has arrived at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colo. for testing, marking a major milestone in the electrification of the railroad. This facility will test the Electrical Multiple Units (EMUs) at high speeds under numerous conditions, as required by the Federal Railroad Administration as part of their safety standards. This testing will ensure that the new vehicles are ready for service. Tests include braking, propulsion, ride quality, noise and vibration, door operation, Positive Train Control (PTC), Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), and more. This testing will take approximately eight months. The EMUs will offer a better service to Caltrain riders. Each trainset will have seven cars, as opposed to the current five or six, providing a greater onboard capacity. EMUs also accelerate and decelerate faster than diesel trains, as eight motors are distributed throughout the train, while older cars must be pulled by a locomotive. These electric motors also generate much less noise than their diesel equivalent, making the trip more enjoyable both for riders and residents that live near Caltrain tracks. The EMUs also offer enhanced amenities, including new digital onboard displays, power outlets at each forward-facing seat, a new seat color palette selected by the public, energy-efficient lighting, coat hooks, security cameras, and expanded storage under the cantilevered seats. These EMUs were built by Stadler International at their facility in Salt Lake City. Those interested in seeing more of the EMUs can take a virtual tour, which Caltrain launched in October 2020. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service and minimize long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/cbd23c70-b4eb-455b-8e3c-1291eb001cff <a href="/news/caltrain-samtrans-adjust-schedules-presidents-day-holiday-1" hreflang="en">Caltrain, SamTrans Adjust Schedules For Presidents’ Day Holiday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-samtrans-adjust-schedules-presidents-day-holiday-1   Caltrain will operate a modified schedule on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15. Caltrain will operate 38 trains, including early morning service and two round trip trains between Gilroy and San Francisco. SamTrans will operate a regular, non-school day schedule on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15. This will only affect Route 83. For more information about Caltrain and SamTrans holiday service, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit http://www.caltrain.com/holidays/holidays or www.samtrans.com/holidays.   ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ecbb2285-72bd-4827-8884-c40d350df333 <a href="/news/caltrain-welcomes-new-board-member-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain Welcomes New Board Member</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-welcomes-new-board-member-0   The Joint Powers Board (JPB) of Directors welcomed new Board Member Glenn Hendricks during its February meeting on Thursday. Hendricks, who is the vice mayor of Sunnyvale, was appointed by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to serve on Caltrain’s board. Hendricks currently serves as chair of the VTA Board of Directors. The JPB is the governing body of Caltrain, the commuter rail service that operates in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Caltrain is managed by the San Mateo County Transit District, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco and VTA. The nine-member board of directors is composed of three members from each of the three partner agencies. For additional information about board members, visit www.caltrain.com/board.                                                          ###                          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. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0f9733cb-2822-47c8-9a19-b830c3040d95 <a href="/news/no-celebration-train-dr-king-holiday-due-covid-19-will-run-modified-schedule" hreflang="en">No Celebration Train for Dr. King Holiday Due to COVID-19, Will Run Modified Schedule</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/no-celebration-train-dr-king-holiday-due-covid-19-will-run-modified-schedule   Caltrain’s annual Celebration Train will not be running on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Caltrain advises fans of the event to instead participate in the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Foundation’s MLK 2021 Virtual Celebration. In past years, the Celebration Train paid tribute to the 54-mile 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, and delivered celebrants to the traditional march in San Francisco that marks the holiday. Caltrain hopes to hold the event again next year, provided it can be done safely and responsibly. Caltrain will operate a modified schedule for the holiday on Monday, January 18. SamTrans will operate on its Regular, non-school day schedule. For more information about Caltrain’s holiday service, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448). ### 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. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/4c75cff6-6e1f-4e16-ba35-c816eed3dc49 <a href="/news/caltrain-positive-train-control-project-certified-fra" hreflang="en">Caltrain Positive Train Control Project Certified by FRA</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-positive-train-control-project-certified-fra   The Caltrain Board of Directors announced that the agency’s Positive Train Control (PTC) project had been certified by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in December. PTC provides the corridor with enhanced safety features that will monitor train movements and, if necessary, intervene to reduce the possibility of safety risks caused by human error. In 2008, following a collision on the Metrolink system in Los Angeles, Congress approved the Rail Safety Improvement Act, which required the installation of PTC technology on all passenger rail corridors and certified for use before the federal deadline of December 31, 2021. In March 2018, the Caltrain Board approved a contract with Wabtec Railway Electronics, Inc. to complete the PTC project. Caltrain submitted the plan to the FRA for certification in June 2020. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/2858875e-954f-41a0-8ff6-c6c4778b2cdd <a href="/news/caltrain-extends-contract-rail-service-provider-tasi" hreflang="en">Caltrain Extends Contract for Rail Service Provider TASI</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-extends-contract-rail-service-provider-tasi At its monthly meeting today, the Caltrain Board of Directors approved a contract extension to the Caltrain Operating Agreement with TransitAmerica Services, Inc. (TASI) to continue providing commuter rail service for the agency through June 30, 2027. The current term of the agreement is set to expire on June 30, 2022. The new contract extension allows TASI to support the construction of the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) and the subsequent transition into operation and maintenance in an electrified environment. The Caltrain Board originally awarded TASI its contract in September 2011 with a five-year base agreement and an option for five one-year extensions. Those extensions were executed in February 2017. Since becoming Caltrain’s rail operator, TASI has provided rail operations, maintenance and support services that include administration/safety; operations and dispatch; maintenance of equipment, track, communications &amp; signals, and stations; construction support; and state of good repair. TASI has provided construction support for the capital program including a number of other critical capital improvement projects, such as Positive Train Control (PTC) and the replacement of several aged railroad bridges. During TASI’s tenure, the rail operator has also demonstrated improvement in on-time performance, monthly mechanical delays and customer satisfaction.    ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/f3bd5be3-dfdd-4683-9680-20973509456d <a href="/news/caltrain-votes-bike-parking-fees-go-pass-pricing" hreflang="en">Caltrain Votes on Bike Parking Fees, Go Pass Pricing</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-votes-bike-parking-fees-go-pass-pricing The Caltrain Board of Directors voted today to make changes to the agency’s bike parking fees and the price of the 2021 Go Pass that will make the system more accessible and equitable. Caltrain is in the process of installing electronic bicycle lockers throughout the system. The standard fee for a locker will be $.05 per hour, which will be available on a first come, first served basis. In the past, Caltrain rented lockers out to bike riders at a rate of $33 for six months, but research has shown that on demand lockers would better suit their needs. More information about accessing and using the e-lockers is available at www.bikelink.org. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Caltrain extended the 2020 Go Pass to be valid through March 2021. The 2021 Go Pass will be sold at a 25% discount to a pro-rated cost, to account for the shorter duration of the 2021 Go Pass, as well as continued uncertainty related to commuting patterns and usage of the passes. The new policy now allows Go Pass purchasers to distribute unused Go Passes to on-site contracted staff, part-time employees, graduate and post-doctoral students, and qualified not-for-profit organizations, helping to encourage equity in the system. The proposal also provides a discount on the 2022 Go Pass for employers that purchase the 2021 Go Pass. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/29c8849a-d322-43d9-b689-7a960efffe85 <a href="/news/caltrain-rider-survey-shows-more-essential-workers-onboard" hreflang="en">Caltrain Rider Survey Shows More Essential Workers Onboard</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-rider-survey-shows-more-essential-workers-onboard   Caltrain released the results of its Pandemic Rider Survey today, providing insight into how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected the rail service. This survey clearly shows the demographic shift that took place after the shelter-in-place order in March. The average annual household income of 2020 Caltrain riders is $95,000, down from $158,000 last year, affirming Caltrain’s decision to join Clipper START, which offers discounted rides to low-income transit users. Additionally, the amount of Latino and African American riders on board has doubled, with the former going from 12% to 26% and the latter from 4% to 8%. Based on the survey, this is due to higher income riders being concentrated in fields that more easily allow work from home, leading to a larger percentage of essential workers using the service, a trend common throughout the Bay Area and beyond. The shift towards essential workers was a major reason Caltrain recently changed its schedule to provide increased off-peak and weekend service to more effectively meet their needs. A major shift in rider behavior came from riders’ access to a personal vehicle. Only 12% of riders drove to their home station this year, down from 24% last year, while 11% of people took a bus to the station, up from 1%. This stems from the fact that only 36% of riders had access to a vehicle to make the trip, down from 51% in 2019. The primary reason for choosing to ride Caltrain, given by 46% of riders, is lack of access to a car, double last year’s number. Given the amount of essential workers that do not have another means of getting to and from their jobs, it shows the necessity of keeping transit service operational during this time of crisis. Rider frequency has decreased, with only 43% of riders using the service five days a week or more, down 10% from 2019. Only 39% of current riders are using a Go Pass or monthly pass, down from 59% last year, another indication that tech workers are likely to make up a much smaller share of current riders compared to before the pandemic. Only 65% of riders are using the service to go to work or school, down from 87% last year, although 20% said they were riding for social or recreational purposes, up from 9% last year. Out of current riders, 78% were riding prior to the shelter-in-place order, showing a substantial amount of new riders in the system. Exactly 53% of current riders are riding as often as they were prior to March, 32% are riding less and 15% are using the system more. Riders generally approve of the safety measures Caltrain enforces on board, with 86% saying mask wearing is an important safety measure, with 61% saying the same about social distancing, 54% about cleaning and sanitation practices, and 34% about ventilation. A mere 0.2% of riders said such measures were unnecessary. Caltrain will continue to analyze the data in order to maximize the efficiency of the system, and support planning to improve the experience of current and returning riders. The full report for the 2020 Pandemic Rider Survey will be uploaded to www.caltrain.com/surveys in early 2021. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/779ee59b-287b-4bba-939d-1894a3c488bc <a href="/news/caltrain-samtrans-run-new-years-service" hreflang="en">Caltrain, SamTrans to Run New Year’s Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-samtrans-run-new-years-service     In order to ensure that those needing a safe ride home at the end of their evening will have one, Caltrain and SamTrans will provide free rides starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, until the end of service as it has in years past. Thursday, December 31, 2020 – New Year’s Eve Caltrain and SamTrans will be operating their regular weekday service, with free fares after 8 p.m. The last southbound train departs San Francisco at 12:02 a.m. Friday, January 1, 2021 – New Year’s Day Caltrain and SamTrans will operate a Sunday schedule. SamTrans’ will resume collecting fares at 5 a.m., Caltrain will be collecting fares when service begins at 8 a.m. Both agencies advise that everyone respect public health orders and avoid large gatherings in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Caltrain does not allow open alcohol containers on trains after 9 p.m. Disruptive passengers will be asked to leave the train. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans, will be closed on New Year’s Day. Caltrain customer service is available on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on New Year’s Day, January 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 1.800.660.4287. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/877cf903-1e86-4e4e-b4bc-8d3c438fc90f <a href="/news/district-board-directors-chair-charles-stone-issues-statement-jim-hartnetts-departure-district" hreflang="en">District Board of Directors Chair, Charles Stone, Issues Statement on Jim Hartnett’s Departure as District GM</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/district-board-directors-chair-charles-stone-issues-statement-jim-hartnetts-departure-district   Jim Hartnett announced today that he will leave his position as CEO/GM of the San Mateo County Transit District in April 2021. At that time, Deputy CEO/GM Carter Mau will become Acting CEO/GM and Caltrain’s Chief Officer of Rail Michelle Bouchard will serve as Acting Caltrain Executive Director. Jim joined the District six years ago. Though his initial commitment was for only five years, the District is fortunate that he stayed on to help guide it through the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. When Jim was hired in 2015, he said his top two goals were to obtain a dedicated source of funds for Caltrain and to solve the SamTrans structural deficit. These lofty goals have challenged the District for decades, but Jim was finally able to reach them. Thanks to his leadership, the transit services that our communities depend on are well-prepared to survive the pandemic, and will emerge equipped with the resources needed to expand service and address the congestion issues that we all know will return. The passage of Measure RR last month in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties was nothing short of remarkable. Measure RR saved Caltrain from a potential pandemic shutdown in the short term, but it is important to acknowledge that the measure was in the works for years prior to the pandemic. The outcome is the result of a long-term strategy and vision that included collaborating with the business community and Caltrain’s state delegation to pass legislation, developing a groundbreaking Business Plan with a long-term Service Vision that provides a road map for Caltrain’s future, and building a strong coalition of support for investing in Caltrain’s future. Jim’s leadership was key to that realization of that strategy and vision. Similarly, when Measure W was approved by San Mateo County voters in 2018, it was an outcome directly related to Jim’s leadership in developing a year-long Get Us Moving public engagement effort to collect and understand stakeholder perspectives and feedback and to use them to build a strong consensus around an investment plan that addressed the county’s most pressing transportation priorities.   Either of these accomplishments alone would be enough to cement Jim’s legacy for advancing the next generation of transportation improvements on the Peninsula, but he has done much more. Prior to the pandemic, SamTrans was steadily increasing its bus ridership, bucking a national trend of declining ridership at other agencies. Caltrain, despite being the only system in the region without dedicated funding, became the seventh largest commuter rail service in the United States, and the most efficiently run. And when the future of Caltrain was on the line, Jim led a national advocacy effort that saved the Caltrain Electrification Project’s $647 million Federal Full Funding Grant Agreement at the 11th hour, after many assumed the funding would be eliminated. Though not a move that garnered much attention or headlines, Jim’s reorganization of the executive functions of the organization and building of an outstanding executive team were incredibly important to the organization.  He also led efforts to refresh the culture of the organization and presided over the development of plans and programs that will continue to make our transportation systems more effective, more reliable, cleaner, faster, and, very importantly, more equitable. Regionally, Jim has been instrumental in fostering critical cooperation and coordination among Bay Area transit agencies both during and before the pandemic. He is a member of the Blue Ribbon Recovery Task Force established by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Chair of the region’s Fare Integration and Coordination Task Force, and a member of the Executive Committee of the California Transit Association.  According to BART General Manager Bob Powers, “Jim is an outstanding and trusted regional transit leader who has contributed greatly not just to the success of his organization, but to the region as a whole.” Jeff Gee, past Chair of the SamTrans and Caltrain Boards of Directors, and leader of the committee that hired Jim in 2015, said “Our hiring committee, which had representatives from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, unanimously recommended Jim’s hiring.  He was the right person at the right time.  His leadership will be sorely missed but his contributions will endure.” Recognizing his leadership, Jim was named one of the Most Admired CEO’s in 2019 by the San Francisco Business Times. A long time civic and transit leader, past Vice-Chair of the High Speed Rail Authority Board, and former Chair of the SamTrans and Caltrain Boards, attorney and Navy veteran, with extensive international experience, Jim brought to the District an open style of leadership and a never give up attitude. ### Charles Stone is the Mayor of Belmont, CA and serves as the Chair of the San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors. He also represents the District on the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers (Caltrain) Board of Directors About the San Mateo County Transit District: The San Mateo County Transit District operates 70 SamTrans routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also serves as Caltrain’s managing agency and provides administrative support for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The San Mateo County Transit District has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/dc1139ee-8c58-44d1-aeca-3f5ae70733f7 <a href="/news/caltrain-samtrans-offer-christmas-day-christmas-eve-service" hreflang="en">Caltrain, SamTrans Offer Christmas Day & Christmas Eve Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-samtrans-offer-christmas-day-christmas-eve-service   Santa may have a late shift on Christmas, but he’s not alone, as both Caltrain and SamTrans will be in operation for the holiday. Caltrain will operate on its Sunday schedule on Friday, December 25. Trains will operate on a modified schedule on Thursday, December 24. SamTrans will also be operating on a Sunday schedule on December 25, with regular service running on December 24. Schedules for specific routes can be found here. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans, and the 1st floor ticket sales booth will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Caltrain customer service is available by phone at 1.800.660.4287 on December 24, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on December 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/5ef226e4-5ed7-4af2-8a92-0eace35d632d <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-virtual-public-meeting-guadalupe-river-bridge-replacement-project" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Virtual Public Meeting on Guadalupe River Bridge Replacement Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-virtual-public-meeting-guadalupe-river-bridge-replacement-project   Caltrain will host a virtual public meeting to discuss the Guadalupe River Bridge Replacement Project on Thursday, December 10. This meeting will allow local residents and community members to learn more about the project and ask questions to Caltrain staff. The bridge improvements are needed to ensure the safety of community members and Caltrain passengers, and to prevent riverbank failures. The project is still in the planning stage, with construction expected to begin in 2022. The project will take two years to complete. The northbound bridge needs to be replaced with a new concrete structure in order to meet current structural design standards and seismic criteria. The southbound bridge was constructed more recently, and only requires an extension on the southern end to reduce river flow speeds and riverbank erosion. Based on the Initial Study, staff determined that the project will not have a significant impact on the environment with implementation of mitigation measures. The project is estimated to cost $33 million, with 80% of the funding being provided by the Federal Transit Administration. Virtual Community MeetingThursday, December 10, 2020 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pmMeeting Link: https://bit.ly/GuadalupeRailBridgeCall in Option: (669) 900-6833Zoom Webinar ID: 968 8464 7203 The public will have an opportunity to submit written comments to Caltrain during a 30-day review period. Comments on the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration can be sent to guadalupe@caltrain.com or: Hilda Lafebre, Caltrain1250 San Carlos AvenueSan Carlos, CA 94070 For more information about the project, visit www.caltrain.com/guadalupebridge. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/c9cce162-6d8f-4c21-a107-773fadc415ad <a href="/news/caltrain-implements-new-service-changes-and-permanently-closes-atherton-station" hreflang="en">Caltrain Implements New Service Changes and Permanently Closes Atherton Station</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-implements-new-service-changes-and-permanently-closes-atherton-station On Monday, December 14, Caltrain will begin operating a new schedule that is designed to improve service for essential workers and transit-dependent riders, and is consistent with key service components of the Framework for Equity, Connectivity Recovery &amp; Growth. Caltrain’s service adjustments are aimed at increasing ridership and better serving those that continue to depend on the system. The new schedule provides riders with more frequent off-peak and weekend train service. Caltrain’s current ridership has skewed toward essential workers who are more likely to travel during off-peak times. The railroad has observed that demand for midday and weekend trips remains comparatively more resilient, and the schedule reflects that. It also balances travel time and coverage goals while maintaining capacity for social distancing. The new schedule provides 68 trains during the weekday, with two trains per hour, per direction running throughout the day. Operating at least two trains per hour at most times of day allows the railroad to provide 30-minute frequency at higher demand stations and reasonably competitive travel times, while improving the connection from/to BART at Millbrae. Expanding midday service to two trains per hour, and increasing weekend service frequency to hourly trips is a significant improvement to off-peak service and responds to the travel needs of low-income riders and essential workers who tend to rely on the system during these times.  Weekend ridership now makes up 17% of total ridership -- three times greater than pre-COVID-19. For this reason, Caltrain will now provide hourly Local service on weekends instead of the current 90 minute frequency to better serve ridership demand and promote social distancing. Weekend Baby Bullet service will be discontinued. Under this new plan, train service will be extended to the Tamien station, eliminating the weekend and holiday Tamien-San Jose Diridon Shuttle. The weekend changes also include a separate schedule for Saturdays and Sundays to maintain connections from/to Millbrae BART. In order to implement the Equity Framework, Caltrain needs to survive the impacts of the pandemic that have reduced ridership by 95%. During the region’s shelter-in-place, approximately 3,600 weekday riders continue to rely on Caltrain for essential travel. In September, the Caltrain Board of Directors voted to suspend certain fare increases over the next year that will help ensure the system continues to be accessible to these riders. Caltrain has taken additional steps during the pandemic to enhance affordability by providing low-income riders with a 50% discounted fare through the Clipper START program. In addition to the new service changes, Caltrain’s agreement with the Town of Atherton will result in that station being permanently closed as of Saturday, December 19. The closure of the station allows Caltrain to reallocate service to nearby stations such as Menlo Park and Redwood City, which have much higher rates of existing ridership and where denser land uses are projected to generate higher levels of demand for future rail service. Ridership is not expected to fully recover in 2021. Depending on public health conditions, Caltrain may need to make further service adjustments including scaling service levels up or down to meet changing needs. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.   Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. The changes also provide more service at times when essential workers and lower income, transit dependent riders are likely to travel.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/60617158-d256-4a89-acab-7bb0202429d1 <a href="/news/caltrain-board-adopts-3rd-and-4th-quarter-budgets" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Adopts 3rd and 4th Quarter Budgets</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-adopts-3rd-and-4th-quarter-budgets   Caltrain’s Board of Directors reviewed and adopted a $66.4 million operating budget for the second half of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 operating budget and approved an amended $82.3 million FY 2021 capital budget. Caltrain has faced unprecedented financial challenges as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Caltrain losses in fare revenue were significant as ridership decreased dramatically to between 5% and 7% of previous levels. Funding provided by the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allowed Caltrain to maintain service through the end of the calendar year, but CARES funds will be fully expended in December and additional cost-saving measures are needed to balance the budget through June 2021. Revenues from the passage of Measure RR in the November 2020 election will not be available until FY 2022, but voter approval of the 1/8-cent sales tax provides the agency with more flexibility to implement cost-saving measures that address an estimated $25 million shortfall in the FY 2021 budget. These measures include the application of State Rail Assistance Program funds to the operating budget, a draw upon Caltrain’s existing line of credit, the use of a portion of the agency’s reserves, and the diversion of funding from some capital projects and preventative maintenance needs.   Sixty percent of the budget is dedicated to Transit America Services Inc. (TASI), which contracts with Caltrain to operate, staff, and maintain the Caltrain rail service. The impact on TASI staff will be minimized through a combination of attrition and the ongoing transition of the workforce to the capital program, but some limited furloughs are anticipated.                                                       ###            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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/adaac1ba-2be9-49fc-b2ba-5dcce82a95f9 <a href="/news/caltrain-and-samtrans-adjust-schedule-thanksgiving-holiday-3" hreflang="en">Caltrain and SamTrans to Adjust Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-and-samtrans-adjust-schedule-thanksgiving-holiday-3   Caltrain will operate alternative schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26, and the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 27. SamTrans will operate its regular Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day and regular weekday non-school day service the day before and after Thanksgiving, giving consumers more travel options for the busiest shopping day of the year.  Day Before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 25 Caltrain will operate its regular weekday schedule. SamTrans will operate its regular weekday non-school day service schedule. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26Caltrain will operate a Sunday schedule for the holiday between the San Francisco and San Jose Diridon stations, with shuttle service to and from the Tamien station. Train service will not operate south of San Jose Diridon. The schedule will include two northbound and southbound Baby Bullet trains. SamTrans will operate its regular Sunday service, which is less frequent than the weekday schedule and does not include routes that specifically serve schools or do not operate on a normal Sunday. Day After Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27 Caltrain will operate a modified schedule between the San Francisco and San Jose Diridon stations. This schedule is a modified Saturday schedule with four extra trains in each direction, including one round-trip train between Gilroy and San Francisco, as well as modified shuttle service between the San Jose Diridon and Tamien Caltrain stations. SamTrans will operate its regular weekday non-school day service schedule. More information about Caltrain and SamTrans modified holiday schedules are online at www.caltrain.com/holidays and www.samtrans.com/holidays. Please note the administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans, will be closed on Thanksgiving, and the day after Thanksgiving. The Transit District Customer Service Call Center will be  available on Thanksgiving 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the day after Thanksgiving 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To reach a representative, please call 1.800.660.4287. ### 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. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/samtrans or and follow us on Twitter @SamTrans. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/296aeee4-0244-4474-897a-f9d91659952a <a href="/news/caltrain-cancels-2020-holiday-train" hreflang="en">Caltrain Cancels 2020 Holiday Train</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-cancels-2020-holiday-train   Caltrain announced today that the 2020 Holiday Train is officially cancelled. The agency decided that the longstanding holiday tradition, which typically occurs during the first weekend in December, could not safely be held in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Holiday Train began in 2002, bringing a decorated show train down the Peninsula with Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and a host of other holiday characters to entertain families. This event gave attendees the opportunity to donate toys to the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots program, in order to make sure all Bay Area families have a happy holiday. Since the inception of Holiday Train, generous Bay Area residents have brought more than 60,000 toys to Caltrain stations, overflowing barrels with toys.  Caltrain encourages fans of this event to share photos and videos of past years with the hashtag #HolidayTrain2020, and to support charities that are supporting families in need this holiday season. Caltrain also released a video in which Santa Claus sends his regrets for having to cancel this year. The agency is hopeful that the event can be safely held in December 2021. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/753e207d-6844-4ae2-bb97-d234d7b692e3 <a href="/news/caltrain-votes-close-atherton-station" hreflang="en">Caltrain Votes to Close Atherton Station</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-votes-close-atherton-station   The Caltrain Board of Directors voted to close its Atherton station at its November meeting. 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 antiquated platform configuration of the station does not meet current standards and has limited Caltrain’s operations, as trains traveling in one direction are required to wait while the train operating in the opposing direction is boarding at the station. Removing the station will improve reliability and flexibility, improving travel time through the area by as much as three minutes, which would mean the closure would save 93 million travel hours over the next 20 years. If kept in operation, the station would ultimately require an approximately $30 million upgrade to meet modern standards and prevent disruption of the expanded service that will come following the electrification of the corridor. The closure of the station will also allow Caltrain to reallocate service to nearby stations such as Menlo Park and Redwood City, which have much higher rates of existing ridership and where denser land uses are projected to generate higher levels of demand for future rail service. Caltrain estimates the closure could bring over 1.3 million riders by 2040. In November, the Town of Atherton endorsed the closure of Atherton station subject to an Agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two parties. The station’s closure will reduce noise and increase safety for Atherton residents. Atherton is redeveloping its Civic Center, and closing the station could potentially help integrate station property (outside of the operating right-of-way) into the Civic Center redevelopment. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/83e1bc81-79b7-4861-9b99-174696d26a61 <a href="/news/caltrain-celebrates-passage-revenue-measure" hreflang="en">Caltrain Celebrates Passage of Revenue Measure</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-celebrates-passage-revenue-measure   With nearly all ballots counted, voters in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties have approved Measure RR, which will provide Caltrain its first ever source of dedicated funding. As the only Bay Area transit system without a dedicated revenue source, Caltrain is heavily reliant on passenger fares to maintain operations. That fare revenue has declined sharply during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and approval of Measure RR provides a lifeline that will allow Caltrain to maintain operations for the thousands of essential workers and other riders that continue to depend on the service. “With this victory, Caltrain has a bright future as it will now be able to provide congestion relief throughout the corridor by serving tens of thousands of new riders with a vastly improved, modernized rail system,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dave Pine. “With new electric trains powered by clean energy, more frequent service, and stable and affordable fares, Caltrain will be able to realize its full potential as the backbone of public transit on the Peninsula. The people we serve have placed their faith in us with this vote, and with Measure RR we will continue to work to improve this vital service.” In the long-term, the 30-year measure will allow Caltrain to invest in the operation and expansion of faster, more frequent electrified service with added capacity necessary to accommodate expected increases in ridership demand in the decades to come. It will also allow the system to advance equity policies to help ensure Caltrain is accessible and affordable to all members of the communities it serves. Despite operating without a dedicated funding source, Caltrain has grown to become the seventh largest commuter railroad in the country, the largest carrier of bikes of any American transit system, and the nation’s most efficient railroad. But the system’s aging infrastructure is in dire need of replacement and rapidly growing ridership demand has quickly outpaced the railroad’s capacity. To address these challenges, the agency secured funding to implement the $2 billion Caltrain Electrification project, which will replace the current diesel-based service with modernized, electric trains providing riders with increased frequency, reduced travel times, and enhanced reliability. In 2018, the agency also began developing the Caltrain Business Plan and identified the need for a dedicated revenue source to operate and expand electrified service. The Business Plan’s Long Term Service Vision will dramatically increase service throughout the corridor, creating capacity that puts the equivalent of 5.5 additional lanes of freeway traffic onto Caltrain instead of local roads. “Caltrain is very thankful to the voters for making a decision to support a cleaner, greener and less congested future” said Caltrain’s Executive Director Jim Hartnett. “This funding will sustain Caltrain through this time of crisis, and will help evolve Caltrain to become the modernized mass transit system that the riders, residents, businesses and communities along this rail corridor deserve. We are humbled by the faith and trust you have put in us, and we are eager to get to work.” The tax measure was made possible by legislation (SB 797) passed by State Senator Jerry Hill. The legislation allowed the Caltrain Board of Directors to place a measure on the ballot in all three counties, provided that the transportation agency and board of supervisors in each county concurred. The agency will begin collecting funds on the new tax on July 1, 2021. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/b9fbf31c-261f-439b-bf43-c0307f012eea <a href="/news/caltrain-seeks-new-representatives-bicycle-advisory-committee" hreflang="en">Caltrain Seeks New Representatives for Bicycle Advisory Committee</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-seeks-new-representatives-bicycle-advisory-committee   Caltrain is seeking new members for its Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), which serves as the primary venue for the interests and perspectives of bicyclists to be integrated into the Caltrain planning processes. The committee is comprised of nine volunteer members from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. One member from each county represents a public agency staff member, a bicycle advocacy organization member and a Caltrain bike passenger from the general public who uses a bicycle or bike share. Currently, the committee has four openings; a general public member from San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, and representatives from bike organizations in San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties. Applications are due Monday, November 30, and are available at www.caltrain.com/bac or by calling 650.740.6264. The BAC meets every other month at 5:45 p.m. in San Carlos, just one block from the San Carlos Caltrain Station.  All meetings are open to the public, and are currently being held digitally. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/25db354c-85ea-4a12-be53-0d2b4813ac16 <a href="/news/caltrain-considers-changes-aimed-improving-service-essential-workers-and-transit-dependent" hreflang="en">Caltrain Considers Changes Aimed at Improving Service for Essential Workers and Transit Dependent Riders</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-considers-changes-aimed-improving-service-essential-workers-and-transit-dependent As the only transit agency in the Bay Area without dedicated funding, and with federal relief funds set to run out by the end of the year, Caltrain is considering service adjustments aimed at increasing ridership and better serving those that depend on the system during shelter-in-place. By mid-December, Caltrain plans to provide riders with more frequent off-peak and weekend train service as the agency continues to grapple with the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The changes would provide more service at times when essential workers and lower income, transit dependent riders are likely to travel. The changes were discussed during the Caltrain’s Work Program – Legislative – Planning Committee (WPLP) meeting on Wednesday afternoon, and will be reviewed by the full Board on November 5. Staff said the new winter schedule develops a consistent service framework that can be scaled up (and down) based on demand and funding availability while minimizing disruption and confusion for riders and connecting transit. The proposed service plan focuses on serving the riders who need Caltrain the most, with an emphasis on implementing key elements of the agency’s Equity, Connectivity Recovery &amp; Growth framework policy. It also balances travel time and coverage goals while maintaining capacity for social distancing. The recommended Base Service Plan would provide 68 trains during the weekday, with two trains per hour, per direction running throughout the day. Operating at least two trains per hour at most times of day allows the railroad to provide 30-minute frequency at higher demand stations, reasonably competitive travel times, coverage to all stations, and coordinated connection to every BART train at Millbrae. Expanding midday service to two trains per hour, and increasing weekend service frequency to hourly trips is a significant improvement and responds to needs of low-income riders and essential workers who rely on the system throughout the day and week. Caltrain’s current ridership has skewed toward essential workers, who tend to be low-income and people of color, and the railroad has observed that demand for midday and weekend trips remains comparatively strong. Weekend ridership now makes up 17% of total ridership -- three times greater than pre-COVID-19. The resiliency of weekend ridership is likely due to continued use by essential workers and low-income riders. For these reasons, staff is recommending that Caltrain provide hourly Local service instead of the current 90 minute frequency to better serve ridership demand and promote social distancing. The proposed changes also respond to the needs of low-income riders and essential workers by increasing service frequency by 50%, and offers regular hourly service that better enables coordinated transfers with other transit providers. Under this new service plan, weekend Baby Bullet service would be eliminated.  Staff is comfortable recommending the elimination of weekend Baby Bullet service in exchange for significant overall frequency increases, having observed that ridership on weekend Local trains is about 20% higher than on Bullet trains. Ridership is not expected to fully recover in 2021. Depending on public health conditions and the railroad’s finances, Caltrain may need to make further service adjustments including scaling service levels up or down to meet changing needs. An Expanded Service Plan could restore service back to 92 trains per day, and an Austerity Service Plan could reduce service to as little as 44 trains per day (approximately one train per hour, per direction) and suspend weekend service. The Base and Expanded service plans expands service for all riders, and in a manner that supports the observed travel patterns of low-income riders who rely on Caltrain and enacts key service components of the Equity, Connectivity Recovery &amp; Growth framework. The Austerity Service Plan is not being recommended by staff, but it remains a strongly preferred option rather than shutting down, and later restarting the entire railroad, which would take two years and carry a $155 million price tag. During the month of November, staff will continue refining the proposed service plan winter schedule, and seek input from connecting and partner operators, in addition to soliciting feedback from the Caltrain Board of Directors, the Caltrain Citizens Advisory Committee, and other stakeholder groups. COVID-19 Background As ridership continues to change, Caltrain is complying with public health measures outlined in the regional Riding Together: Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan. Caltrain will monitor conditions to ensure that passengers can maintain physical distancing in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and may implement additional service changes, as needed. Caltrain reminds passengers that face coverings are required both onboard and at stations. Riders are also encouraged to take advantage of onboard restrooms to wash their hands. Caltrain cleans and sanitizes its fleet and stations daily using hospital-grade disinfectant products. Station touchpoints are wiped down multiple times each day and cleaning crews use spray foggers on trains overnight and midday at the San Francisco Station. Caltrain is assessing the impact that reduced ridership is having on the agency’s ability to maintain operations in the coming months. Average weekday ridership has dropped from 65,000 to approximately 3,600. With no other dedicated source of funding, Caltrain normally relies on fares to cover 70% of the system’s operating costs. At this time, the agency is planning for a gradual return of ridership and will continue analyzing passenger data to track evolving trends. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. For Caltrain’s latest updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, visit www.caltrain.com/COVID-19. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.   Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/1b3d320d-c25e-4b65-b948-4de93e1f9e38 <a href="/news/caltrain-board-adopts-2nd-quarter-budgets-considers-options-addressing-full-year-budget" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Adopts 2nd Quarter Budgets, Considers Options for Addressing Full-Year Budget Shortfall as Growing Financial Challenges Loom</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-adopts-2nd-quarter-budgets-considers-options-addressing-full-year-budget     Following discussions at their September meeting surrounding Caltrain’s projected $18.5 million annual budget shortfall, the agency’s Board of Directors reviewed and adopted a $35 million 2nd quarter (Q2) Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 operating budget and an amended $84 million FY2021 capital budget. The Board also reviewed options for resolving a significant shortfall that is expected to be realized over the second half of the fiscal year. A full FY2021 budget is scheduled for a vote at their December meeting. The budget deficit stems primarily from losses to fare revenue as ridership on the system continues to hover around 5% of pre-pandemic levels. Funding provided by the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will allow Caltrain to maintain service through the end of the calendar year. The size of the budget shortfall that occurs from January through June will depend on several factors, the important being ridership and fare revenue projections.  The Q2 budget approved by the Board assumes that ridership will continue to hover at around 5% through December. In a best case scenario, if ridership recovers more quickly and continues to recover gradually over the course of FY2021, the size of Caltrain’s budget shortfall would be about $18.5 million. There are several variables that could increase the shortfall including slower ridership recovery.  Proposed strategies for covering the shortfall include: Pulling from $13.7 million currently in reserve Applying the remaining $0.3 million balance from FY2020 Pulling $5.3 million from FY2021 State Rail Assistance funds Shifting capital funds for select state of good repair projects Contract operator furloughs Weekend service suspension Looking ahead, these proposed measures may not be enough without a strong return of ridership revenue and additional budgetary hurdles loom large in FY2022. While recovery scenarios plan for a possible 30% to 75% increase in ridership next year, the agency’s financial deficit in the coming fiscal year is estimated to be between $30 million to $75 million. Workforce and service reductions represent significant potential cost savings options in the short term, however, the longer term impacts of that decision would include inadequate specialized skill retention, remobilization costs and negative impacts to the riding public who rely on the commuter rail service. In the absence of a complete ridership recovery, new revenue sources that could mitigate impending fiscal challenges include the passage of Measure RR and additional federal relief funding.                                                       ###            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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/6e59dd26-1a96-42c8-9bc5-187b970f81bb <a href="/news/caltrain-launches-virtual-reality-tour-new-electric-trains" hreflang="en">Caltrain Launches Virtual Reality Tour of New Electric Trains</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-launches-virtual-reality-tour-new-electric-trains   Caltrain riders can experience the electrified future thanks to Caltrain’s Virtual Reality Tour of its new electric trains, currently being assembled in Utah. The immersive experience offers a first-hand look at the new high-performance trains, known as Electrical Multiple Units (EMUs) that will go into service when electrification of the Caltrain corridor is completed. Viewers can experience the look and feel of the new trains and see the enhanced amenities they have to offer including new digital onboard displays and power sources at each forward-facing seat. The experience also features the new seat color palette selected by the public, energy-efficient lighting, coat hooks, security cameras, and expanded storage under the cantilevered seats. Additionally, viewers can select to “ride” the train at night or during the day. An interactive map, allows viewers to navigate through the upper, mid, and lower areas of three different cars. The new bike car is on display, its design incorporates public feedback and work with the Caltrain Bicycle Advisory Committee and Citizens Advisory Committee. Viewers can even visit the new bathroom designed with feedback from the Caltrain Accessibility Committee, complete with a baby changing station, coat hooks, and a vacuum toilet that saves energy and reduces odor. Caltrain is offering a limited edition VR Viewer for those looking for an enhanced virtual experience. Instructions on how to request a viewer can be found here. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service and minimize long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/79d49577-5d74-4167-a0fb-154582e8f719 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-virtual-public-meeting-marin-napoleon-rail-bridge-improvement-project-san" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Virtual Public Meeting on Marin & Napoleon Rail Bridge Improvement Project in San Francisco</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-virtual-public-meeting-marin-napoleon-rail-bridge-improvement-project-san   Caltrain will host a virtual public meeting to discuss the Marin &amp; Napoleon Rail Bridge Improvement project on Wednesday, September 30. This meeting will allow local residents and community members to learn more about the project and ask questions. The bridge improvements are needed to ensure the safety of community members and Caltrain passengers. Construction is expected to begin in October 2020 and last up to 14 months. The Napoleon Street Bridge will need to be fully replaced to reinforce its structural integrity. Work on the Marin Street Bridge focuses on minor safety improvements. Additional track work will occur between Cesar Chavez and Jerrold Street. Rail Bridge Virtual Community Meeting:September 30, 2020 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.https://samtrans.zoom.us/j/91541485069Call-in: (888) 475-4499 Meeting ID: 915 4148 5069 For more information about the project, visit www.caltrain.com/MarinNapoleon. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/db64ba40-f928-4a2d-b88e-d5e489378e63 <a href="/news/caltrain-expand-electronic-bicycle-locker-program" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Expand Electronic Bicycle Locker Program</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-expand-electronic-bicycle-locker-program   Following the railroad’s commitment to invest at least $3 million in wayside bicycle improvements in conjunction with the Electrification Project, Caltrain’s Board of Directors approved an award of contract for the expansion of electronic bicycle lockers (e-lockers) at their monthly meeting in September. The contract awarded to Berkeley-based eLock Technologies, LLC will provide a guaranteed minimum of 632 e-lockers at stations along the corridor by the end of 2023, with the option to purchase up to an additional 718 units depending on customer demand and available funding. As with Caltrain’s existing e-lockers, bicyclists will be able to securely park their bike at stations for 5 cents per hour through either a prepaid BikeLink card or Clipper card. Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Caltrain served approximately 10,000 bicyclists every weekday. Ten percent of customers typically bring their bike onboard. Survey data has found that many of these riders do so because they do not have a secure place to leave their bike at the station. This effort will provide those customers with an easy to use, secure facility and help alleviate some of the demand for bike space on trains. Expanding station bike parking is critical to meeting the Caltrain Business Plan's projected future ridership, which is expected to triple by 2040. This investment was made possible in part by grant funding from California’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/fd8cbd89-a787-4937-be87-f1bb3a77d44f <a href="/news/caltrain-board-proclaims-september-rail-safety-suicide-prevention-month-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Proclaims September Rail Safety & Suicide Prevention Month</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-proclaims-september-rail-safety-suicide-prevention-month-0   For most people living and working along the rail corridor, the sight of Caltrain operating daily service up and down the Peninsula is commonplace. However, complacency around a heavy commuter train and relatively open access to the rails often leads to tragedy. To highlight the importance of safety around train tracks and the high rate of intentional deaths on the rails, the Caltrain Board adopted a proclamation designating September as both Railroad Safety Month and Suicide Prevention Month during its monthly meeting. “At Caltrain, safety is our highest priority,” said Dave Pine, Chair of the Caltrain Board of Directors. “While we recognize September as Rail Safety and Suicide Prevention Month, our commitment to safety is a year round effort. Caltrain also is dedicated to continually identifying options and resources around our tracks for those experiencing mental health crises to reduce the number intentional deaths on the rails.” To further advance the agency’s incident mitigation efforts, in July 2020, Caltrain received a $48,500 Federal Railroad Administration grant to fund its Right-Of-Way Trespassing Project. The initiative aims to reduce trespasser incidents and address homeless encampments along the tracks while also referring displaced individuals to specialized service providers. The railroad has also historically collaborated with suicide prevention agencies to prevent intentional deaths on the rails by posting crisis hotline signage at points all along the corridor and partnering with the San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Committee. Caltrain addresses safety through a comprehensive, ongoing program that focuses on the “Three E’s” of railroad safety – Education, Engineering and Enforcement. For the last 16 years, Caltrain has planned or participated in an annual rail safety event in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver, an international model program for rail safety. Since 2009, California Operation Lifesaver has declared September as Rail Safety Month. As one of the nonprofit organization’s community partners, Caltrain joins in their efforts to promote rail safety initiatives. To be a part of the conversation during Rail Safety Month, passengers and local residents can pick a favorite safety tip and share it on social media with #CaltrainSafe. Examples of tips:   If you encounter an emergency on Caltrain or see something suspicious, call the Transit Police at 1.877.SAF.RAIL (1.877.723.7245). A typical Caltrain train can take nearly a mile to stop, even when emergency brakes are applied. It is never safe to stop closer than 15 feet from the rails, and a train is at least three feet wider than tracks on both sides. Only cross Caltrain tracks at designated crossings when it is safe to do so. While it might not be the quickest route, it is the safest. For more information, visit www.caltrain.com/railsafety. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/923f92e3-8178-43cd-97cc-07ef5a49cc59 <a href="/news/caltrain-board-suspends-fare-increases-approves-new-equity-policy" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Suspends Fare Increases, Approves New Equity Policy</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-suspends-fare-increases-approves-new-equity-policy   Budget Estimates show New Investment is needed to Maintain Service, Advance Equity Improvements Facing an estimated $18.5 million shortfall, the Caltrain Board of Directors voted to postpone adoption of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets until their October Board meeting, where they will consider approving a budget that covers operations through the end of 2020. The Board also took steps to enhance affordability and accessibility of the system by postponing previously-approved fare increases until after June 2021, and approving the system’s first Framework for Equity, Connectivity, Recovery and Growth. The Framework is part of the Caltrain Business Plan, an ongoing effort to define how the service will grow to meet the evolving needs of the region. The equity policies included in the Framework will help ensure that the rail service’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic occurs in a way that expands access to low-income individuals and communities of color that have historically been underrepresented in the system’s ridership. In order to implement the Equity Framework, Caltrain will need to survive the impacts of the pandemic that have reduced ridership by 95%. To make up for this ridership loss and maintain service over the next year, the agency estimates it will need to identify an additional $18.5 million. During the region’s shelter-in-place, over 3,500 weekday riders continue to rely on Caltrain for essential travel. Many of these riders are lower-income workers that do not have access to a car and depend on Caltrain to get to frontline jobs. The Board’s decision to suspend certain fare increases over the next year will help ensure the system continues to be accessible to these riders. Caltrain has taken additional steps during the pandemic to enhance affordability by providing low-income riders with a 50% discounted fare. The Equity Framework envisions preserving this discount in the longer term, and would facilitate additional steps to increase social and racial equity on the system now, and in the future. The policies in the framework would improve connections to other local and regional systems that disadvantaged riders are more likely to rely on. It would also support increased off-peak service to make the system more relevant for workers with non-traditional work hours. Under the framework, Caltrain would also work toward better regionally coordinated fare and transfer policies. Prior to the pandemic, Caltrain was working to identify new revenues that would allow it to implement these equity improvements. Now, the latest Caltrain budget estimates show that those new revenues will also be necessary for the system to survive the pandemic. Caltrain staff identified a number of other potential revenue sources, including the sale of naming rights that are being pursued to help cover the projected $18.5 million shortfall. In August, the Board voted to place Measure RR on the November 3 ballot in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties. If approved by two thirds of voters, funds from the measure could be leveraged to cover the budget shortfall and to implement the service and fare policies called for in the Equity Framework. If no additional funding is identified, the rail service is at risk of shutting down. Cutting service would reduce expenses, but that savings could be negated by reduced revenue from the system’s GoPass program, which provides discounted annual passes to participating employers. Even shutting down the system would carry costs as during a shutdown, the agency would still be responsible for maintaining the corridor for freight rail operations. The cost of a 12 month shutdown is estimated to be over $60 million. It would also take more than a year to restart service after a shutdown. The remobilization and retraining of staff over that time would cost an estimated $93 million. “Adopting policies embedded within the Equity Framework will improve the accessibility and affordability of Caltrain for the most vulnerable members of the communities that Caltrain serves,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dave Pine. “To ensure that these policies are successful, it is imperative that the system has new and reliable revenue to maintain service now and in the future. Any shutdown of the service would be the most inequitable consequence possible for all riders who depend upon this critical service.” ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/bae5b935-f15a-4e56-8d5c-4304e0c7048a <a href="/news/caltrain-adopts-bay-area-healthy-transit-plan" hreflang="en">Caltrain Adopts Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-adopts-bay-area-healthy-transit-plan   The Caltrain Board of Directors voted to endorse the Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan at its September meeting. The regional transit plan outlines best practices for frequent cleaning, personal protective equipment, face coverings, physical distancing, ventilation, and touchless fares in order to ensure that public transit is safe for all Bay Area residents and transit employees. As riders return to public transportation, surveys show that passengers want assurance that steps have been taken to make that ride as safe as possible. To provide that assurance, transit agencies from throughout the Bay Area have agreed upon common commitments based on the industry’s best health-related practices to strengthen trust in riding public transportation. The plan was crafted using guidance and best practices from the California Department of Public Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, as well as other transit agencies from around the world. The plan calls for improving the operation and maintenance of transit agencies, as well as encouraging safer behaviors among riders. Riders are expected to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing and hand washing, and minimize verbal activities that could help to spread COVID-19, and the use of a Clipper card or mobile apps for touchless payment. Additionally, it recommends expanded cleaning and disinfecting practices, as well as maximizing fresh air on board. Caltrain has the advantage of being an open air system that utilizes hospital-grade air filters in all passenger cars, and has already required that touchpoints are sanitized throughout the day and spray foggers used on all cars overnight and midday. Protecting transit employees is another fundamental goal of the plan. Agencies are advised to develop a wellness assessment protocol for employees, provide adequate personal protection equipment (PPE), encourage physical distancing, give access to testing and develop a contact tracing policy in case of employees testing positive. Caltrain had already implemented these policies earlier in the pandemic. “It has never been more critical for our respective agencies to come together and collaborate with a common goal of preserving safe, reliable public transit for those who need it most,” said Caltrain Executive Director Jim Hartnett. “While COVID-19 presents much uncertainty, it remains a constant that the regional economy cannot sustainably rely solely on single-occupancy vehicles.” This plan sets a baseline of best practices for transit agencies, and does not preclude agencies from implementing additional practices if they are deemed necessary. As new information becomes available, the plan will evolve and adapt to ensure that better practices are adopted as they are discovered. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission formed a 30-member Blue Ribbon Transit Recovery Task Force that has worked with the Bay Area’s local public transit agencies to develop the Healthy Transit Plan. Agency collaboration included, large, small, and multimodal providers. Additionally, transit providers engaged with and received insightful input from paratransit partners, county health officials and labor representatives to create the plan.                                                         ###                          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. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/086c21da-ef96-43b0-a96c-6c7bbf47ed82 <a href="/news/caltrain-operate-sunday-schedule-labor-day" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Operate Sunday Schedule for Labor Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-operate-sunday-schedule-labor-day     Caltrain will operate a Sunday schedule for Labor Day on Monday, September 7.  Caltrain service will not operate south of the Diridon Station, but a shuttle bus will be available between Tamien and Diridon Stations. The last southbound train of the day will leave from San Francisco Station at 9:37 p.m. and the last northbound train of the day will depart San Jose Diridon Station at 10:08 p.m. To plan a trip, passengers can call the Customer Service Center at 1-800-660-4287 or visit www.caltrain.com. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain, will be closed on Labor Day. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/5402ec41-8223-4df2-aa20-60144325a9bf <a href="/news/south-san-francisco-station-temporarily-close-construction" hreflang="en">South San Francisco Station to Temporarily Close for Construction</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/south-san-francisco-station-temporarily-close-construction   This weekend, August 29-30, Caltrain’s South San Francisco Station will be closed as part of the South San Francisco Station Improvement Project.  South San Francisco Station will reopen before the first train on Monday, August 31. During the closure, trains will not serve the South San Francisco Station. There will be no alternative transportation provided at South San Francisco Station for this closure. Passengers are advised to use the nearby Bayshore Station or San Bruno Station, which have parking and will receive regular weekend service. Construction will take place around the clock, in order to minimize the amount of time the station is closed. Caltrain, in coordination with the City of South San Francisco, is currently replacing the existing South San Francisco Station with a new center boarding platform connecting to a pedestrian underpass. The project consists of track work, signal work and new platform amenities. The project improves safety by eliminating the hold out rule and will provide increased connectivity along Grand Avenue to downtown South San Francisco. The improvements will also make the station fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project is expected to be completed early next year. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ca81cdf7-1647-49a2-a6c7-76d9a6cf660b <a href="/news/caltrain-extends-comment-period-equity-policies" hreflang="en">Caltrain Extends Comment Period on Equity Policies</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-extends-comment-period-equity-policies   Caltrain has extended the comment period on its Framework for Equity, Connectivity, Recovery and Growth to Friday, August 21. This allows the public more time to weigh in on proposals to ensure Caltrain service is available to all and that the railroad maximizes its role as part of the region’s essential transit network.    The draft Framework builds on the analysis developed through the Business Plan process and outlines how Caltrain can help the region address the interrelated and compounding crises of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while also expanding access to low-income individuals and communities of color that have historically been underrepresented in the system’s ridership. To better understand existing travel barriers for disadvantaged riders and residents in the corridor, the team reviewed community-based transportation plans, surveyed and interviewed community-based organizations along the corridor, and conducted an in-depth statistical analysis of travel patterns of low-income residents within the corridor. A number of significant policy recommendations for the Caltrain system are included in the Framework that will make the system more accessible and connected as it navigates a rapidly changing transportation landscape. These include improving midday service, and operating a “clock face” schedule that facilitates connections with other transit modes, and delaying fare increases and working with the region to facilitate transfers. The amount of funding available for equity programs that could arise from the framework will depend in part on the success of the sales tax measure that the Caltrain Board has placed on the ballot for November to support the railroad’s operations and capital needs. The Framework also includes a Growth and Recovery section that lays out how Caltrain can return to and eventually surpass its pre-pandemic ridership levels, improving the system incrementally over time. Comments may be sent to equity@caltrain.com or via phone message at (650) 508-6499. For translation or interpretation assistance, call Caltrain at 1.800.660.4287. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/27c2990d-9123-41c3-9542-2161f82a3384 <a href="/news/caltrain-board-votes-revenue-measure" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Votes for Revenue Measure</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-votes-revenue-measure   The Caltrain Board of Directors unanimously voted to place a 1/8 cent sales tax on the November 3, 2020 ballot. The measure would provide Caltrain with a long-sought dedicated revenue source, preserving service that thousands of riders continue to depend on during the pandemic, and ensuring that the system will have the resources it needs to maintain and expand operations following the launch of electrified service in 2022. Funds from the measure would also be invested in a set of equity policies to make the system more affordable and accessible to communities throughout the corridor. The rail agency had received more than 70% of its funding from fare box revenue, but this has been severely reduced in recent months due to ridership decline from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Despite not having a dedicated funding source, the system has become the seventh largest commuter railroad in the country, the largest carrier of bikes of any American transit system, as well as nation’s most efficient railroad. The pandemic has made it clear that Caltrain will require a more diverse set of revenues to survive the impacts of the pandemic and to grow to meet the region’s demands. Caltrain’s dependence on fare revenue is not a reliable means of supporting a system of Caltrain’s size and importance. Prior to the pandemic, Caltrain’s average weekday ridership was 65,000 passengers. Since the shelter-in-place orders were issued, Caltrain ridership has dipped by 95%. Currently, Caltrain service is supported by Federal pandemic relief funding provided by the CARES Act, but those funds are not expected to last through the end of the year. Without new sources of funding, or a significant increase in ridership Caltrain would need to reduce or suspend service altogether. Recent public opinion research show that the ballot measure could be approved by voters if supported by a broad coalition leading up to the November election. The measure requires approval from two-thirds of voters in order to pass. A June 2020 poll of likely voters showed that nearly two-thirds of voters support the measure and that support increases to above 70% when voters are made aware of the benefits that would be funded by the revenues. “Caltrain provides a critical service that thousands of riders depend on and will be vital to the recovery of our economy,” said Board Chair Dave Pine. “Voters will have the opportunity to keep the service strong both during this time of crisis, and in the decades ahead.” The tax measure was made possible by legislation (SB 797) passed by State Senator Jerry Hill. The legislation allows the Caltrain Board of Directors to place a measure on the ballot in all three counties, provided that the transportation agency and board of supervisors in each county concurs. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and San Francisco Board of Supervisors are expected to vote on the matter by the end of the week. All other boards have unanimously authorized the measure to be placed on the ballot. While the tax measure would support Caltrain during the pandemic, it also will be instrumental for the expansion of electrified service. The Caltrain Electrification project has already been funded. This measure would allow for a massive expansion of service, with models showing that the service could accommodate up to 300% of its previous peak by 2040. Fully taking advantage of electrification will require greater investment in the system, by running more trains more frequently both during and outside of peak hours. Caltrain is also seeking to make the system more equitable through the Framework for Equity, Connectivity, Recovery and Growth, which will require further investment. Caltrain is currently participating in the MTC’s means-based fare program offering a 50% fare discount, and has been developing strategies to make the expanded service more available to all. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/2d293168-9b2c-4b2b-a7aa-a7708499c0e9 <a href="/news/caltrain-surveys-show-riders-plan-return" hreflang="en">Caltrain Surveys Show Riders Plan to Return</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-surveys-show-riders-plan-return   Caltrain has released a series of recent surveys and studies that show that its riders plan on returning to the service. The COVID-19 Rider Survey sought a clearer picture of how the pandemic would affect future ridership patterns. Fifty-five percent of riders plan on riding the same or more after the pandemic, while a third of riders expect to ride less and a mere 1% say they won’t return to the system. A breakdown of the income levels of riders show that riders that earn under $50,000 a year are the most likely to still be riding Caltrain. The returning level of ridership is in line with the findings of the polling behind a potential Caltrain revenue measure, which showed that 43% of all people surveyed, 68% of infrequent riders and 71% of frequent riders planned on riding as much or more than they previously had. The Triennial Customer Survey is a comprehensive questionnaire conducted every three years, with the most recent one conducted in 2019. The survey shows the amount of riders that have access to a car has dropped by from 60% to 51%. It also shows growth in the number of riders doing so to avoid traffic (72%, up from 62% in 2016) and to protect the environment (43%, up from 26%). 2019 also marks the first year where people of color make up the majority of Caltrain’s ridership (52%, up from 47% in 2016). The system remains a cosmopolitan one, with 41% of riders being born in 107 countries other than the US. A survey of Go Pass companies provided further insight, pointing out that 92% of employees at companies that participate in the Caltrain Go Pass Program are currently telecommuting, compared to 13% prior to the pandemic. Caltrain’s Market Segmentation Study shows that both Caltrain riders and non-riders from all three counties view the system more favorably than BART, Clipper, VTA and Muni, as well as transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft. The top two recommendations by non-riders as to how to increase ridership were to improve connectivity and lower the price of riding, which the Caltrain Board is currently exploring. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3a59c88a-3c04-49a7-a2c2-c2c1f56d9637 <a href="/news/samtrans-caltrain-release-sustainability-reports" hreflang="en">SamTrans, Caltrain Release Sustainability Reports</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/samtrans-caltrain-release-sustainability-reports   The San Mateo County Transit District released its 2019 Sustainability Reports, outlining the environmental impacts of SamTrans and Caltrain. Since the publishing of the last report from 2017, which covered data from the years 2015 and 2016, SamTrans purchased its first zero emissions vehicles and switched all of its facilities to 100% renewable power provided by Peninsula Clean Energy. This has allowed the agency to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 9% over the last two years, its electricity usage by 5% and its generation of criteria air pollutants (CAPs) by 14%. Since 2010, GHGs are down by 18%, fuel consumption is down by 12% and facility electricity use is down 16%. However, declining ridership in 2017 and 2018 reduced the amount of GHGs displaced by SamTrans by 27% since the 2017 report. While SamTrans’ ridership was growing again earlier this year, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has reduced ridership substantially, impacting the agency’s ability to reduce GHG emissions by providing an alternative to single occupancy vehicles. While Caltrain ridership has been deeply impacted by COVID-19 and the resulted shelter-in-place order, prior to that it had grown steadily over the last decade, displacing thousands of cars that would otherwise be commuting on Highway 101. The rail service is also in the process of electrifying, which will greatly reduce its carbon footprint, and has also transitioned to entirely renewable power sources. This has reduced the agency’s net GHG emissions by 44% over the last two years, while facility emissions are down 71%. Caltrain has also been able to reduce both its diesel consumption and CAP generation by 7% over the same period. However, with 96% of the energy consumed by Caltrain being the trains themselves, even more dramatic shifts are expected when electrified service launches in 2022. Over 60% of San Mateo County’s greenhouse gas emissions, and over 40% of California’s, are created by surface transportation. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/4fbf6df3-289a-402c-9e3c-e3cbd7e96dfe <a href="/news/low-income-caltrain-riders-can-start-saving-clipper-start" hreflang="en">Low-Income Caltrain Riders Can Start Saving with Clipper START</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/low-income-caltrain-riders-can-start-saving-clipper-start   As Caltrain ridership slowly climbs back from the steep decline caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the new Clipper START program will allow adults age 19-64, who are lower-income, to receive fare discounts on select transit services around the region. Clipper START offers eligible Caltrain riders a 50 percent discount, which the agency recently increased following the economic fallout resulting from COVID-19. Clipper START is an 18-month pilot program initiated by Bay Area transit agencies and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) that uses the Clipper transit fare payment system to reduce the cost of transportation for adults whose household incomes are no more than twice the federal poverty level (for example, $52,400 for a family of four). This can be an important benefit, as transportation costs are a significant burden on many households, particularly during the current economic climate. As Caltrain’s recent COVID-19 rider survey data illustrates, affordable public transportation is vital to equitably supporting economic recovery for the region. The riders reportedly most dependent on Caltrain are those who are lower income, as well as some minority groups. These are the same communities who plan to continue riding Caltrain just as frequently as they were prior to COVID-19, if not more, amplifying the urgent need for low-cost transportation services. “While COVID-19 creates enormous uncertainty for Caltrain’s future, what remains clear is our role in making mobility more accessible for families experiencing significant financial hardship resulting from this pandemic,” said Caltrain Executive Director Jim Hartnett. “Clipper START is helping to advance that public charge by making Caltrain more affordable for the communities we serve.” Applicants to the pilot program can provide a copy of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card or Medi-Cal card, a county benefits eligibility letter, their Muni Lifeline card number or a copy of their last federal tax return to demonstrate their eligibility. Once approved, they will receive a personalized Clipper card that must be loaded with cash value before use. Caltrain’s Clipper START discounts are automatically applied for eligible riders upon tagging off. Clipper START is not a transit pass—it is a program that offers discounts for single rides on Caltrain, Muni, BART and Golden Gate Transit and Ferry. The card also can be used just like a standard Clipper card to pay for fares on any agency that accepts Clipper. Anyone interested in Clipper START can learn more about the program and apply online. The website explains the application process, required documentation and allows applicants to save their progress and return later to complete the process. To learn more about the program and apply, visit www.clipperstartcard.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/4b3769c4-5436-423b-b56d-940553b62179 <a href="/news/caltrain-equity-policies-would-be-advanced-funding-sb-797-ballot-measure" hreflang="en">Caltrain Equity Policies Would be Advanced with Funding from SB 797 Ballot Measure</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-equity-policies-would-be-advanced-funding-sb-797-ballot-measure   In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Caltrain has pivoted its Business Plan process to address a time of unprecedented challenges for both our customers and the railroad. As part of this process, the agency has released a draft Framework for Equity, Connectivity, Recovery and Growth. The policies it outlines, which would be funded by a tax measure Caltrain is considering for the November ballot, have been developed to provide transparency and guidance as Caltrain works to ensure that its services are available to all and that that the railroad maximizes its role as part of the region’s essential transit network.    The draft Framework builds on the analysis developed through the Business Plan process and outlines how Caltrain can help the region address the interrelated and compounding crises of the COVID-19 pandemic while expanding access to low-income individuals and communities of color that have historically been underrepresented in the system’s ridership. To better understand existing travel barriers for disadvantaged riders and residents in the corridor, the team reviewed community-based transportation plans, surveyed and interviewed community-based organizations along the corridor, and conducted an in-depth statistical analysis of travel patterns of low-income residents within the corridor. The Caltrain Board joined the MTC’s pilot means-based fare program in February of 2019, which allows qualified riders to ride with a 50% discount. That program launches Wednesday, July 15. The draft Framework makes a number of significant policy recommendations for the Caltrain system that will make it more accessible and connected. These include improving midday service, and operating a “clock face” schedule that facilitates connections with other transit modes, and delaying fare increases and working with the region to facilitate transfers. The draft Framework also includes a Growth and Recovery section that lays out how Caltrain can recover from the pandemic in a manner that improves the system incrementally over time, anticipating long-term growth while delivering benefits to riders as soon as possible. On Tuesday, July 21, Caltrain will hold a public meeting on its recovery plan:   Public Meeting Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 5:30 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/92091510985 877 853 5257    Webinar ID: 920 9151 0985   Comments may be sent to equity@caltrain.com or via phone message at (650) 508-6499. Comments will be accepted until July 28, 2020. Staff will also be presenting the policy and taking public feedback at the following venues: JPB CAC – July 15 at 5:40 pm JPB WPLP – July 22 at 3:00 pm Local Policy Maker Group – July 23 at 5:30 pm For translation or interpretation assistance, call Caltrain at 1.800.660.4287 at least three days before the meeting. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/70246a62-cae0-4d1f-b2d9-bae24f662942 <a href="/news/caltrain-hires-naming-rights-and-sponsorship-consultant" hreflang="en">Caltrain Hires Naming Rights and Sponsorship Consultant</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hires-naming-rights-and-sponsorship-consultant   The Caltrain Board of Directors awarded Elevate Sports Ventures, LLC of Santa Clara with a consulting contract to manage the agency’s naming rights opportunities. Following the March 2019 Board approval of the Caltrain Naming Rights Policy, working with Elevate will enable Caltrain to enter into partnerships that could allow the agency to provide additional amenities to riders and supplement revenue without raising fares as the launch of expanded electrified service approaches. Elevate will assist with the identification and evaluation of potential naming rights assets, create near- and long-term marketing and sales plans, and guide Caltrain through the sales and negotiation process. Final executed agreements are subject to Board approval.   Many other transit agencies across the country have adopted similar policies and entered into successful naming agreements, including the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. Through the sale of naming rights, these agencies have been able to secure revenues ranging from $200,000 to over $1,000,000 annually. Caltrain does not have a dedicated source of funding, instead relying on voluntary contributions from its member agencies and fares. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/cf22569e-a894-40d4-9c51-ef0d7005724f <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-hearing-closure-atherton-station" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Hearing on Closure of Atherton Station</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-hearing-closure-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: zoom.us/j/97368870471 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: zoom.us/j/95032112562 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  www.caltrain.com/athertonclosure, by mail, e-mail or phone: Board Secretary Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board P.O. Box 3006, San Carlos, CA 94070-1306 Changes@caltrain.com 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448)   For translation or interpretation assistance, call Caltrain at 1.800.660.4287 at least three days before the meeting. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/51a0ba6f-0f34-4a8b-bbc9-dcbeb4dd51ea <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-virtual-community-meeting-parking-track-san-mateo" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Virtual Community Meeting on Parking Track in San Mateo</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-virtual-community-meeting-parking-track-san-mateo   Caltrain will host an online community meeting to discuss enhancements on the San Mateo Parking Track project this coming Monday. The presentation will provide residents with updates on the draft design and next steps. Following two online community surveys, San Mateo’s Hayward Park residents have decided on a 12-foot sound wall lined with creeping fig vines along South Railroad Avenue between 10th and 14th Avenues. Once construction of the wall is complete, the parking track will no longer be accessible from 14th Avenue. Meeting attendees are invited to provide feedback on final design elements for the enhancement structure. Parking Track Virtual Community Meeting: Monday, July 13, 2020 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87396243602 Webinar ID: 873 9624 3602  or Phone-In Only: 1-408-638-0968 For more information about the project, visit www.caltrain.com/SMParkingTrack. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/f62f3048-e95f-40fa-91a8-b4b28a5bbfb7 <a href="/news/caltrain-samtrans-help-riders-declare-independence-cars-july-4" hreflang="en">Caltrain, SamTrans Help Riders Declare Independence from Cars on July 4</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-samtrans-help-riders-declare-independence-cars-july-4   Caltrain and SamTrans will be running service on Saturday, July 4, for Independence Day. Caltrain will operate a Saturday schedule on the Fourth of July, and a standard weekday schedule on Friday, July 3, for the observed federal holiday. Caltrain shuttle service between Tamien and San Jose stations will operate on the 4th and weekday shuttle service will operate on Friday, July 3. SamTrans will operate a Sunday schedule on the Fourth, and will run standard weekday service on July 3. For schedule and fare information or for help planning your trip, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0cb5e272-5e81-49b3-8de0-51da34991dd1 <a href="/news/caltrain-ridership-increases-bay-area-returns-work" hreflang="en">Caltrain Ridership Increases as Bay Area Returns to Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-ridership-increases-bay-area-returns-work   As shelter-in-place (SIP) orders begin to relax, more riders are returning to Caltrain. Caltrain’s estimates show that its ridership has more than doubled from its lowest point of 1,500 riders per day to 3,200 riders per day. Caltrain has also increased the number of trains it operates to 70 per weekday, after reducing service down to 42 trains following SIP. Caltrain is continuing to monitor ridership to ensure that enough capacity exists to allow riders to maintain a healthy distance from each other. Caltrain has also been working to provide a safe and clean service in the face of COVID-19. All riders and staff are required to wear a face-covering while on board or at stations. Caltrain is currently cleaning and sanitizing its trains daily with CDC-recommended disinfectant products. Station touchpoints are wiped down multiple times each day and cleaning crews use spray foggers to disinfect the trains both every night and midday at the San Francisco Station. Caltrain staff is working closely with the region’s transit systems to develop a public health on transit plan that will include a set of guidelines for riders and employees that is based on local, national, and international best practices for protecting riders and workers. At this time, no employees that work on board or in a maintenance capacity have been infected with COVID-19. Pre-pandemic, Caltrain’s average weekday ridership was 65,000 passengers. ###  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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/8d4b8180-a231-4bee-a300-a961109dc4e3 <a href="/news/caltrain-poll-voters-continue-support-dedicated-funding-caltrain" hreflang="en">Caltrain Poll: Voters Continue to Support Dedicated Funding for Caltrain</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-poll-voters-continue-support-dedicated-funding-caltrain Nearly two-thirds of voters in the three counties Caltrain serves would support a one-eighth cent sales tax measure to preserve Caltrain service during the pandemic and to expand service in the longer term, according to a public opinion poll commissioned by the agency. The poll was conducted as Caltrain considers moving forward with a ballot measure that would provide a dedicated revenue source that would address ongoing financial impacts of the pandemic and help prevent regional traffic congestion by increasing Caltrain capacity, service levels and ridership. Caltrain is the only Bay Area transit system without a dedicated source of revenue. Approximately 1,255 likely voters were polled by email-to-web and by telephone surveys, from June 11 through June 18, to gauge support of a potential measure for the November ballot. Of those polled, 63.3% indicated support fora one-eighth cent sales tax measure for Caltrain. Support increases to 65.6% when including respondents that lean toward supporting. After learning more about the benefits that would be achieved with the increased investment in the system, 70.9% of respondents said they would support the tax. To pass, the measure would need support from a combined two-thirds of voters in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties.  Support for the measure is up slightly from a similar poll conducted in spring 2019. The poll identifies voters’ top reasons for supporting a potential measure, with easing highway traffic congestion, reducing air pollution, and improving Caltrain frequency and capacity topping the list. The poll was conducted by EMC Research and will be presented to the Caltrain Board of Directors at their July meeting. Currently, the rail agency receives 70% of its funding from fare box revenue, which has been severely affected in recent months due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Despite not having a dedicated funding source, the system has become the 7th largest commuter railroad in the country and is also the nation’s most efficient railroad. The pandemic has made it clear that Caltrain will require a more diverse set of revenues to survive the impacts of the pandemic and to grow to meet the region’s demands. Caltrain’s dependence on fare revenue is not a reliable means of supporting a system of Caltrain’s size and importance. . Prior to the pandemic, Caltrain’s average weekday ridership was 65,000 passengers. Since the shelter-in-place orders were issued, Caltrain ridership has dipped by 95%.  Based on this recent poll, seven in 10 Caltrain riders who were riding Caltrain prior to the pandemic anticipate eventually returning to their old ridership habits in the future. Approximately 55% of frequent riders said they would ride as often as they did pre-pandemic.  Approving dedicated investment in Caltrain from local sales tax is being considered thanks to legislation (SB 797) passed by State Senator Jerry Hill. The legislation allows the Caltrain Board of Directors to place a measure on the ballot in all three counties, provided that the transportation agency and board of supervisors in each county concurs. The measure would then require approval from two-thirds of residents that vote in the three counties. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors have already voted to authorize placing the measure on the ballot. The remaining agencies are scheduled to vote on the issue prior to the August 7 deadline for placing a measure on the November ballot. If approved, the measure would provide stable, dedicated funding to operate and maintain the service, and to invest in future infrastructure that will be needed to expand service in all three counties. The ability to operate expanded service is made possible by the Caltrain Electrification project, which is currently under construction. The Caltrain Business Plan is considering how the system will grow over time and what longer term service levels will be needed to meet ridership demand that is expected to increase by as much as 300% over the next 20 years. Because the results are so close to the threshold, more information and feedback is needed before staff can recommend whether to continue efforts to place the measure on the November ballot. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/15848ee0-e389-4f77-a4ff-a27bb4945284 <a href="/news/samtrans-and-caltrain-launch-coronavirus-rider-survey" hreflang="en">SamTrans and Caltrain Launch Coronavirus Rider Survey</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/samtrans-and-caltrain-launch-coronavirus-rider-survey     As Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions ease, SamTrans and Caltrain are reaching out to customers, both at home and onboard, for input on how both transit agencies can best adapt to changing transportation needs following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Starting today, SamTrans and Caltrain are launching online COVID-19 customer surveys to better understand how the pandemic has affected communities we serve and what can be done to provide the best possible rider experience.  “These unprecedented circumstances warrant a fresh, data-driven perspective on how we can serve the public,” said San Mateo County Transit District Chief Communications Officer Seamus Murphy. “Results from these surveys will help inform how we provide transit service and communication strategies as we welcome back riders.” Each survey respondent will have the option to enter a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card. There are five gift card giveaways available for each agency survey, respectively. The SamTrans survey can be accessed at www.samtrans.com/covid19survey. The Caltrain survey can be accessed at www.caltrain.com/covid19survey. ### About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter. 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/dc841f58-7085-4bfa-b05b-b4ace435c5a6 <a href="/news/caltrain-increases-weekday-service-region-reopens" hreflang="en">Caltrain Increases Weekday Service as Region Reopens</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-increases-weekday-service-region-reopens   Starting June 15, Caltrain will increase weekday service as Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions begin to ease. As travel throughout the Bay Area increases, Caltrain is committed to offering faster, user-friendly travel options to returning riders. The additional capacity will accommodate more riders while also maintaining onboard physical distancing. Under the new schedule, Caltrain will operate 70 trains per weekday, up from the current 42. Service frequency will increase with up to three trains per hour during the peak commute. Caltrain is also bringing back Limited trains that will operate a newly designed skip-stop service with fewer stops to reduce travel times and increase passenger flow for high-traffic stations to avoid crowding. Under the new skip-stop system, limited trains will travel closely together serving high-demand stations while alternating service to lower-demand stops. All trains are operating six-car sets to maximize physical distancing onboard. Off-peak trains will make local weekday stops every hour until end of service. The weekend timetable remains unchanged. Caltrain is working with neighboring transit agencies to ensure that the new schedule will support regional connections with neighboring rail operators like BART and VTA. Under the new timetable, most connections between Caltrain and BART at the Millbrae Transit Center will allow approximately 10 minutes between transfers. As ridership increases, Caltrain will monitor conditions to ensure that passengers can maintain physical distancing in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and may implement additional service changes, as needed. Caltrain reminds passengers that face coverings are required both onboard and at stations until further notice. Riders are also encouraged to take advantage of onboard restrooms to wash their hands. Caltrain cleans and sanitizes its fleet and stations daily using hospital-grade disinfectant products. Station touchpoints are wiped down multiple times each day and cleaning crews use spray foggers on trains overnight and midday at the San Francisco Station. Caltrain is assessing the impact that reduced ridership is having on the agency’s ability to maintain operations in the coming months. Average weekday ridership has dropped from 65,000 to 1,300. With no other dedicated source of funding, Caltrain normally relies on fares to cover 70% of the system’s operating costs. At this time, the agency is planning for a gradual return of ridership and will continue analyzing passenger data to track evolving trends. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. For Caltrain’s latest updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, visit www.caltrain.com/COVID-19. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/01397806-d662-49ea-a8af-730c4f9ca647 <a href="/news/caltrain-board-approves-interim-operating-and-capital-budgets-amid-coronavirus-uncertainty" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Approves Interim Operating and Capital Budgets amid Coronavirus Uncertainty</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-approves-interim-operating-and-capital-budgets-amid-coronavirus-uncertainty     As Caltrain takes on the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic head-on, the agency’s Board of Directors voted to approve interim operating and capital budgets for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 at today’s monthly meeting. “With the full effects of the global crisis still unfolding, we believe it prudent to hold on determining a final budget for the remainder of the fiscal year until September,” said Caltrain Executive Director Jim Hartnett. “This strategy will allow for a more nimble approach as we anticipate greater clarity on the pandemic’s financial impact and the federal government’s response in the coming months.” The approved $42.9 million first quarter interim operating budget includes a projected $8 million in farebox revenue, representing an $18.5 million decrease (69.8%) over Q1 farebox revenue in FY2020. This comes as the agency grapples with an unprecedented decline in ridership from 65,000 passengers per day to just 1,300. This has compounded existing challenges associated with the agency’s lack of a dedicated non-fare revenue stream. To save on operational costs amid the severe drop in ridership, Caltrain temporarily reduced its weekday schedule from 92 trains per day to the current 42 trains. The railroad’s contract operator has also shifted staff from traditional operations to deferred maintenance and capital improvement projects. Caltrain’s approved $19.1 million first quarter interim capital budget includes funding for Marin Street Bridge repairs, wayside bike parking improvements and a 22nd Street Station ADA feasibility study. The approved revenues and expenditures will result in a budget deficit of approximately $20.2 million for Q1 of FY2021. To alleviate this shortage, Caltrain will carefully rely on funding provided by the recently enacted federal CARES Act to recoup some of the losses resulting from dramatically low ridership. The FY2021 budget cycle begins on July 1. ###  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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0858c29f-0bb5-4960-b983-65758e6d7341 <a href="/news/caltrain-approves-deeper-discount-low-income-riders" hreflang="en">Caltrain Approves Deeper Discount for Low-Income Riders</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-approves-deeper-discount-low-income-riders   The Caltrain Board of Directors unanimously approved increasing the discount available to riders who qualify for the regional means-based fare pilot program from 20% to 50% off of single-ride adult Clipper fares. The program, now known as Clipper START and administered by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), will allow eligible low-income transit riders to access the discount through the use of a Clipper card. In February 2019, the Caltrain Board adopted a resolution of support for Caltrain’s participation in the regional means-based fare pilot program by offering a discount of 20% on single-ride adult Clipper fares for qualified riders. In September 2019, the Caltrain Board adopted a Fare Structure that included this discount for eligible participants in the Clipper START program. However, the economic impacts resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have made it more challenging for lower income, transit dependent riders. Offering a deeper discount of 50% will help preserve Caltrain as a relevant, accessible, affordable option for more riders as the region struggles to recover. The decision follows the agency’s postponement of a fare increase that was planned to go into effect in April.   “With so many people facing serious economic hardships in light of the coronavirus pandemic, now is the perfect time to provide a 50 percent discount to low income residents that rely on transit,” said Caltrain Board Chair and San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine. “Not only can we help existing riders, many of whom are providing essential services, but we also hope to attract new riders at a time when Caltrain is experiencing sharp ridership losses with most office workers continuing to work from home.” One of the goals of the Caltrain Fare Policy, adopted by the Caltrain Board in 2018, is to “advocate for and participate in State and regional programs that make it more affordable for low-income customers to use transit.” The regional pilot program will run for 12 to 18 months and is expected to launch over the summer. Adults that earn less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level will be eligible for pilot program. Other regional transit operators participating in the Clipper START pilot program include the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART); Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) for both its bus and ferry services; and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).  ###  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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/6b61a412-fa2d-4ce8-84aa-8b9ac348b864 <a href="/news/caltrain-seeks-volunteers-citizens-advisory-committee-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain Seeks Volunteers for Citizens Advisory Committee</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-seeks-volunteers-citizens-advisory-committee-0   Caltrain is soliciting applications to fill three seats on its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is a nine-member volunteer organization that serves in an advisory capacity to the Caltrain Board of Directors, providing input on the needs of current and potential Caltrain riders. There is a vacant seat from each of the three counties Caltrain represents, as well as seats for alternates in case members are unable to attend. Anyone living in San Francisco, San Mateo or Santa Clara counties is welcome to apply. Committee members are asked to serve a three-year term. The committee meets the third Wednesday of the month at 5:40 p.m. Applications are available online at www.caltrain.com/cac or by calling 650.508.6347. Applications are due by Thursday, June 18. ###  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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/87caf9d8-8187-45e7-8be9-04eb8eaa0b09 <a href="/news/samtrans-caltrain-run-sunday-service-memorial-day" hreflang="en">SamTrans, Caltrain to Run Sunday Service for Memorial Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/samtrans-caltrain-run-sunday-service-memorial-day   Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, and SamTrans and Caltrain continue to be available to those who need them. Both agencies will operate on a standard holiday schedule in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Twenty bus routes and 24 trains will be operating over the course of the day. Caltrain will also offer its standard shuttle service to and from the San Jose Diridon and Tamien stations. Visit the SamTrans and Caltrain holiday schedule pages for more information about service, or call the Customer Service Center at 1-800-660-4287. ### 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/dc7b3fd2-752d-475c-b38f-40b4df5afec1 <a href="/news/update-hillsdale-station-temporarily-close-construction" hreflang="en">UPDATE: Hillsdale Station to Temporarily Close for Construction</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/update-hillsdale-station-temporarily-close-construction   Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory: While this announcement describes planned service adjustments, be advised that future rail operations and/or capital projects may continue to be impacted by COVID-19. For the latest Caltrain schedule updates, please visit www.caltrain.com or call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287. For the latest SamTrans schedule updates, please visit www.samtrans.com or call SamTrans Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287.   This Saturday, May 16, Caltrain’s Hillsdale Station in San Mateo will temporarily close for up to six months as part of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project. During the closure, trains will not serve the Hillsdale Station. Passengers are advised to utilize the Belmont Station instead. To accommodate San Mateo riders, Belmont Station parking will be free of charge for Caltrain customers until the newly constructed Hillsdale Station opens in the fall. For more information on station access alternatives, including free connecting SamTrans bus and shuttle service, visit www.caltrain.com/HillsdaleTempClosure. Due to the shelter-in-place order and low ridership, Caltrain continues to operate reduced weekday service with all trains making local stops. Weekend Baby Bullet service will move from Hillsdale to the Belmont Station. Departure times at all other stations will remain the same. Updated weekday and weekend timetables effective May 16 are available online. Customers are advised to plan accordingly as the temporary station closure may add additional time to your commute. Upon completion of construction, the Hillsdale Station will be relocated about one block north of its current location, between 28th and 31st Avenues. The new station will have an elevated center-boarding platform allowing for safer, more convenient pedestrian access. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/42d6f211-2459-4c0a-b0db-8b7b8f456d25 <a href="/news/hillsdale-station-temporarily-close-construction" hreflang="en">Hillsdale Station to Temporarily Close for Construction</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/hillsdale-station-temporarily-close-construction     Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory: While this announcement describes planned service adjustments, be advised that future rail operations and/or capital projects may continue to be impacted by COVID-19. For the latest Caltrain schedule updates, please visit www.caltrain.com or call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287. For the latest SamTrans schedule updates, please visit www.samtrans.com or call SamTrans Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287. Starting May 16, Caltrain’s Hillsdale Station in San Mateo will temporarily close for up to six months as part of the 25th Ave Grade Separation Project. During the closure, trains that currently stop at the Hillsdale Station will now serve the Belmont Station instead. A new weekday and weekend timetable, effective May 16, will be made available online as soon as possible, pending service updates related to COVID-19. Upon completion of construction, the Hillsdale Station will be relocated about one block north of its current location, between 28th and 31st Avenues. The new station will have an elevated center-boarding platform allowing for safer, more convenient pedestrian access. In addition to the new station, the overall project will create three new grade separated east-west connections for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists at 25th, 28th and 31st Avenues. Grade separations reduce horn noise while also improving safety and traffic flow. Caltrain will conduct a virtual town hall on Thursday, April 9, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to inform customers about the closure and station access alternatives during construction. What Hillsdale Station Passengers Need to Know: Driving: If you drive to Caltrain, use the Belmont Station parking lot as it has sufficient capacity. Parking at the Belmont Station will be free of charge until the Hillsdale Station reopens for service. The Hillsdale Station parking lots will close during the station closure. Free SamTrans Connection for Caltrain Riders: SamTrans Route ECR bus service is free between San Mateo and Belmont stations during the Hillsdale Station closure. SamTrans Route 292 bus service is free between Hillsdale Shopping Center and San Mateo Station during the Hillsdale Station closure. SamTrans bus service is free on all routes (except FCX) for riders with the Caltrain Clipper Monthly Pass 2+ zones. All SamTrans buses are ADA accessible. Free Caltrain Shuttle Service (if available): The existing free Belmont/Hillsdale shuttle will operate throughout the closure during weekday morning and afternoon peak commute hours. New shuttle timetable and route information will be available online. Updated information on all shuttles serving Caltrain stations will be posted online at www.caltrain.com/shuttles. Bikes: 18 bike racks at Belmont Station SamTrans bus bike racks can hold up to three bikes The free Belmont/Hillsdale shuttle can hold up to two bikes Customers are advised to plan accordingly as the temporary station closure may add additional time to your commute. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/52fd0630-a4ec-4359-b81a-596fba18c093 <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-28" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-28   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 4 a.m., Monday, March 30. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute.  From February 22 through March 29, Caltrain has performed weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will install the overhead catenary system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### 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. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3f0c7df9-529d-4212-a714-9231b22a9125 <a href="/news/caltrain-implement-additional-weekday-service-reductions" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Implement Additional Weekday Service Reductions</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-implement-additional-weekday-service-reductions   Due to significant reductions in ridership resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Caltrain will further reduce weekday train service indefinitely starting Monday, March 30. The modified weekday schedule will operate 42 trains per day, rather than the usual 92. Trains will make all local weekday stops between San Jose and San Francisco every 30-60 minutes, depending on time of day. Caltrain will continue operating two Gilroy service trains during the morning and afternoon peak commute. Limited and Baby Bullet service will be suspended until further notice. The updated weekday schedule is available at www.caltrain.com. Weekend service will continue to operate normally. These additional schedule reductions are necessary to mitigate severe fare revenue losses while still providing essential transit services to all stations along Caltrain’s corridor. Caltrain is monitoring ridership during this time and may implement additional service changes as needed while ensuring that riders can maintain social distancing in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Caltrain continues to maintain daily onboard cleaning and sanitation protocols in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. Caltrain is assessing the impact that reduced ridership is having on the agency’s ability to maintain operations in the coming months. One-way and Day Pass ticket sales have declined by approximately 86% from levels prior to the current health crisis. On the first day of the Bay Area-wide Public Health Order, Caltrain recorded a 95% decrease in average daily ticket sales. With no other dedicated source of funding, Caltrain relies on fares to cover 70% of the system’s operating costs. Due to severe ridership declines as a result of the public health order, transit agencies, like Caltrain, are now experiencing serious financial challenges. Federal legislation has been approved that could provide transit agencies throughout the country with funding to maintain operations. Caltrain is working with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to determine how those funds will be allocated throughout the Bay Area. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/f8e72d71-9ce7-425d-acd1-ec8371795552 <a href="/news/bay-area-transit-agency-statement-novel-coronavirus-covid-19" hreflang="en">Bay Area Transit Agency Statement: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/bay-area-transit-agency-statement-novel-coronavirus-covid-19 In light of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Bay Area transit agencies are making a coordinated effort to keep essential transportation services available to the communities we serve. Due to severe ridership declines as a result of the public health order, our transit agencies are now experiencing serious financial hardships that will require much consideration and support from our local legislators. It is critical that State and Federal COVID relief packages include funding for public transportation, we continue to advocate with our elected officials for this aid. With our agencies operating at a revenue loss in the range of 70-90%, our operating costs remain high to provide essential service and to keep our workforce whole. But even the best funded agencies have reserves only equivalent to two months of payroll. Our need for both state and federal support could not be any more urgent. We encourage Congress to move swiftly in passing a COVID-19 relief funding package, and are thankful to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Senator Kamala Harris for the leadership in supporting public transportation and these urgent funding requests. Severe ridership declines are forcing some cutbacks and service limitations. These are not decisions that are being made lightly. Transit agencies exist primarily to help people get around their communities and access essential services. Hundreds of thousands of people depend on the services we provide every day, and any reduction in service limits the public’s ability to move freely throughout the region.   Under the region’s shelter-in-place order, public health officials have identified public transportation as an essential service. Bay Area transit agencies are working together to ensure that the lifeline services that many of our transit-dependent riders count on will continue to operate, including paratransit service for the most vulnerable in our communities, which is an unfunded government mandate. It is our shared goal to ensure that the Bay Area’s large population of vulnerable and transit dependent persons have their needs met during this crisis, especially for those who are providing essential services or traveling for essential shopping and medical needs. Without our agencies operating at our current capacities, access to often critical functions during this public health crisis would suffer. Ridership will continue to be monitored closely to ensure there is enough service for riders to practice social distancing in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.  Bay Area residents that depend on these services can feel confident that public transit will continue to operate, but dramatic declines in ridership and the uncertainty over the duration of the shelter-in-place order mean that we are experiencing a substantial loss of revenue and as a result we cannot sustain our services at their previous levels. Our agencies need financial support to continue.  As we continue to coordinate across agencies, we will communicate any service changes to the public. Below are resources available to the public we serve, as we continuously adjust to the rapidly changing developments surrounding the statewide shelter-in-place order:  AC Transit: AC Transit is committed to delivering our trusted service during the coronavirus pandemic. The latest COVID-19 updates, maps for AC Transit Bus Lines to free school lunch sites, and Trip Planning are a click away. Real time service updates and rider communication are available, weekdays, on our Twitter @rideact. To speak with a representative, Monday-Friday 6 am – 7 pm, Saturday-Sunday 9 am – 5 pm, call 510-891-4777, select option 2. We encourage AC Transit riders to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and sign up for line-specific alerts. BART: BART will provide continuous updates on service changes and other COVID-19 impacts at bart.gov. All service advisories are posted on the homepage, our advisory page, on the Official BART App and on Twitter at @SFBARTalert. Sign up for News Alerts sent by email or text. Phone operators are available at (510) 464-6000 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday to Friday. Caltrain: Caltrain will provide continuous service change updates on our dedicated web page. Service information and real-time updates are also available on our Twitter account @Caltrain. Our Customer Service call center will also remain staffed during regular business hours (Weekdays from 7 AM to 7 PM; Weekends/Holidays from 8 AM to 5 PM) and can be reached by phone at (800) 660-4287. Contra Costa County Connection: County Connection will continue to post pertinent information in response to the emergency on our website. Our Customer Service call center will also remain staffed during regular hours (Monday – Friday, 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM) and can be reached by phone at (925) 676-7500 or email at help@countyconnection.com.  Golden Gate Bridge, Highway &amp; Transportation District:  Golden Gate Transit and Ferry will provide continuous updates on service changes on our website and social media. Service information and real-time updates are available on our Twitter accounts, @GoldenGateBus and @GoldenGateFerry, and via Transit app seven days a week. Trip planning assistance is available on our website homepage, by calling 511, and through our Customer Service Center. SFMTA/Muni: SFMTA will provide continuous updates on service changes and parking enforcement policy on our webpage. Service information and real-time communications is offered on our Twitter @SFMTA_Muni, seven days a week. SF311 is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone, web, mobile, and Twitter for information on Muni and City and County of San Francisco services at this time. SamTrans: SamTrans will continue to post pertinent information in response to COVID-19 on its website, as well as its social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. Our Customer Service call center will also remain staffed during regular business hours (Weekdays from 7 AM to 7 PM; Weekends/Holidays from 8 AM to 5 PM) and can be reached by phone at (800) 660-4287. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA):  VTA has an online COVID-19 Information Center (www.vta.org/covid-19) for service. Updates are also shared on Twitter: @VTA. Customers can view and subscribe to alerts on the Transit app. Customer Service representatives are available at (408) 321-2300, and customer.service@vta.org weekdays: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Our public transit agencies will continue to maintain daily onboard cleaning and sanitation protocols in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.  Additionally, all of our agencies are monitoring the situation and maintaining regular contact with local public health agencies, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the CDC. We want to remind passengers about CDC-recommended precautions everyone should take onboard public transit to prevent the spread of illnesses:  Wash your hands with soap and water before and after riding public transit. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Avoid eating while onboard.  Do not cough into your hands. Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow.  Stay home if you are sick.  This is a challenging time for all of us, and we are all adapting under extenuating circumstances. Our agencies are working hard to continue to provide for those who depend on us, and we look forward to the day when we can fully restore our services. Until then, we ask that everyone be safe and we hope to see you onboard again soon.  ###      fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/a89827ce-b694-44dc-9e2e-c50dcc487093 <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-15" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-15   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 4 a.m., Monday, March 23. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute.  From February 22 through March 29, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will install the overhead catenary system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/6d9eb934-4722-4aed-b06a-0020bc005ea9 <a href="/news/riding-together-bay-area-healthy-transit-plan" hreflang="en">Riding Together - Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/riding-together-bay-area-healthy-transit-plan .box_treatment-new { background-color: #4CAF50; /* Green */ border: none; color: white; padding: 7px 13px; text-align: center; text-decoration: none; line-height: 20px; display: inline-block; font-size: 14px; margin: 4px 2px; cursor: pointer; width: 775px; border-spacing:10px; } .box_treatment1-1 { background-color: #f9f4f4; color: black; border: 1px solid #D2565D; } .box_treatment { background-color: #176d7a; /* Green */ border: none; color: white; padding: 7px 13px; text-align: center; text-decoration: none; line-height: 20px; display: inline-block; font-size: 11px; margin: 4px 2px; cursor: pointer; border-top: 8px solid #B4C2CB; opacity: 0.90; height: 350%; vertical-align: top; display: table-cell; font-family:'Roboto',sans-serif; width: 50%; padding: 0 10px 0 10px; vertical-align: middle; border-spacing:10px; } .box_treatment1-2 div { display:table-cell; border:none; -moz-border-radius:10px; width: 50%; background: #176D7A; padding: 0 10px 0 10px; border-top: 8px solid #B4C2CB; font-family:'Roboto',sans-serif; line-height: 25px; text-align: center; color: white; } .box_treatment1-2 { display:table; width:100%; border-spacing:20px; line-height: 23px; } .main-covid { width: 805px; } .column { display: inline-block; float: left; } .card-covid img { width: 150px; margin-bottom:0; } .card-covid:after { content: ""; display: table; clear: both; } .card-covid { padding: 14px 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; border: 1px solid; border-color: #A3B0BF; } .card-covid .card-covid-body { width: 550px; margin-left: 190px; margin-top: -120px; } .card-covid .card-covid-body h3 { margin-top: 0; } .container { padding: 0 16px; } .card-covid .button { border: none; outline: 0; border-radius: 2px; border-bottom: 3px solid #c32528; display: inline-block; padding: 8px 16px; color: white; background-color: #E03D40; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; font-size: 14px; text-decoration: none; } .card-covid .button:hover { background-color: #c32528; } .card-covid i { border: solid #fff; border-width: 0 2px 2px 0; display: inline-block; padding: 3px; margin-left: 4px; } .card-covid .right { transform: rotate(-45deg); -webkit-transform: rotate(-45deg); } hr.style1{ border-top: 9px solid #B4C2CB; width: 200px; float: left; } a.button4{ display:inline-block; padding:0.3em 1.2em; margin:0 0.1em 0.1em 0; border:0.16em solid rgba(255,255,255,0); border-radius:2em; box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration:none; font-family:'Roboto',sans-serif; font-weight:300; color:#FFFFFF; text-shadow: 0 0.04em 0.04em rgba(0,0,0,0.35); text-align:center; transition: all 0.2s; } a.button4:hover{ border-color: rgba(255,255,255,1); } .a-treatment { color: #EDDAAF; } a.btn-primary { display:block; font-family: 'Roboto', "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: #DA1F32; color: #fff; font-size: 14px; text-align: center; padding: 8px 16px; text-decoration: none; border-radius: 2px; margin: 0 auto 20px; width: 368px; display: inline-block; } a.btn-primary:after { content:'\f0da'; font-family: FontAwesome; top: 1px; margin-left: 6px; } a.btn-primary:hover, a.btn-primary:active, a.btn-primary:focus { background-color: #1C466C; } h2 { font-size: 17px; font-weight: bold; color: #d2565d }Caltrain continues to partner with other Bay Area transit agencies to develop common commitments and expectations to protect employees and passengers from COVID. From this work, we developed Riding Together—Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan to align the region&rsquo;s public transportation providers around transit-related health and safety standards.The Healthy Transit Plan was developed using information from local, state, national and international public health experts. The plan calls for face coverings and hand washing, and recommends riders minimize talking onboard. Additionally, it recommends routine cleaning and disinfecting practices, as well as maximizing fresh air on board.The Healthy Transit Plan is a living document and will be updated as conditions change. We require passengers to wear a face covering when riding the train. Face coverings slow the spread of COVID-19. For people living or working within San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. More information here.To provide for a safe and healthy environment, trains are sanitized daily with emphasis on high-touch areas. Use of MERV-13 rated filters to reduce harmful airborne particulates and frequent door opening at station stops maximizes fresh air onboard. Please check timetables for current information or call Customer Service: 1-800-660-4287 (7am to 7pm, weekdays; 8am to 5pm weekends).The Customer Service window (1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos) is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Visit Clipper Card to set up autoload.See Official Press ReleasesRESOLUTION NO. 2020 - 46 fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/5c936886-ef8f-4cdd-9c96-5f6531733bc3 <a href="/news/caltrain-suspends-planned-clipper-fare-changes" hreflang="en">Caltrain Suspends Planned Clipper Fare Changes</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-suspends-planned-clipper-fare-changes   In light of economic challenges facing the Bay Area as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Caltrain is suspending planned changes to Clipper fare products. Caltrain’s original Board decision to raise the price of certain Clipper fare products was made in September 2019, long before the current public health crisis. Given recent developments, the agency has decided to halt these fare increases for the time being. As a result, Caltrain fares, including the existing Clipper Adult fare discounts and Adult Monthly Pass pricing, will not change. Caltrain will continue to assess the situation to inform future decisions about any fare or service changes. Caltrain is dedicated to providing safe, accessible, convenient transportation service during this difficult time. For more information about how Caltrain has responded to COVID-19, or for more information about Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ba8022b7-76b5-491c-b543-0a0394e647a4 <a href="/news/caltrain-implements-clipper-fare-changes" hreflang="en">Caltrain Implements Clipper Fare Changes</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-implements-clipper-fare-changes   Starting Wednesday, April 1, the cost of Caltrain’s single-ride Adult fare will increase by 30 cents for Clipper customers. The Adult Monthly Pass, available only on Clipper, will also increase by $9. New Clipper fares go into effect with the April Monthly Pass sales starting on March 21. Fares paid with Clipper will continue to provide customers with a savings advantage compared to purchasing tickets through machines at stations or the Caltrain Mobile app. Customers who use Clipper instead of a paper ticket or the mobile app will save 25 cents on an Adult One-way ticket. The cost of an Eligible Discount One-Way ticket and Monthly Pass will not change. Updated Clipper fares can be found on Caltrain’s website. Caltrain’s increased ticket price is part of the agency’s 2020 fare changes that were approved by the Board in September 2019. The fare change will help fund Caltrain’s participation in Clipper START, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Means-Based Fare Discount Program Pilot. The fare changes will also help support Caltrain’s operating and maintenance needs over the next few years. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/eb5c8a48-f005-4627-b6b0-33669e7ff849 <a href="/news/caltrain-maintain-service-during-shelter-place-public-health-order" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Maintain Service During Shelter In Place Public Health Order</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-maintain-service-during-shelter-place-public-health-order A Public Health Order has been issued that requires Bay Area residents in six counties, including San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, to shelter in place as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Public transit services, such as Caltrain, are identified as "essential" under the order and will continue to operate, however, use of public transportation is limited to essential required travel only.  Caltrain will operate on a reduced peak-hour schedule that goes into effect tomorrow, March 17. Morning and afternoon peak hour service will no longer feature Baby Bullet Service. The updated weekday schedule is available at www.caltrain.com. Local and limited service will continue to operate, as will off–peak service, including midday and weekend service. Caltrain will be constantly monitoring ridership during this time and may implement additional service changes, as needed. Ridership will be monitored closely to ensure that riders are able to practice social distancing in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Caltrain continues to maintain daily onboard cleaning and sanitation protocols in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. Prior to the order, Caltrain has been assessing the overall impact that reduced ridership has had on its ability to maintain operations in the coming months. One-way and Day Pass ticket sales have declined by approximately 75% from their levels two weeks ago, and more dramatic reductions in ridership are expected. With no other dedicated source of funding, Caltrain relies primarily on fares to cover the system’s operating costs. The public health order is intended to be in place until April 7, 2020, but may be extended or reduced.    ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/40367063-011d-43f7-90b3-4588d325aa6c <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-14" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-14 Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 4 a.m., Monday, March 16. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute.  From February 22 through March 29, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will install the overhead catenary system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### 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. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.       fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/80d6bd3a-c924-4773-a0a3-80633f9b0929 <a href="/news/caltrain-adjust-service-response-significantly-lower-ridership" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Adjust Service in Response to Significantly Lower Ridership</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-adjust-service-response-significantly-lower-ridership   In response to a significant decline in ridership stemming from efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Caltrain will be adjusting its weekday service, effective Tuesday, March 17. Morning and afternoon peak hour service will no longer feature Baby Bullet Service. See the March 17 Reduced Weekday Schedule. Local and limited service will continue to operate as scheduled, as will off–peak service, including midday and weekend service. Caltrain will be constantly monitoring ridership during this time and may implement additional service changes, as needed. Caltrain is assessing the overall impact that reduced ridership will have on its ability to maintain operations in the coming months. One-way and Day Pass ticket sales have declined by approximately 75% from their levels two weeks ago. With no other dedicated source of funding, Caltrain relies primarily on fares to cover the system’s operating costs. Caltrain continues to maintain daily onboard cleaning and sanitation protocols in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. Safety is Caltrain’s top priority and we urge everyone to take preventative measures to reduce the spread of illnesses: Wash your hands with soap and water before and after riding public transit. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid eating while onboard. Do not cough into your hands. Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow. Stay home if you are sick. For the latest information about Coronavirus, please refer to information and guidance provided by the following public health agencies: San Francisco Department of Public Health San Mateo County Health Department Santa Clara County Public Health Department Centers for Disease Control Caltrain stands ready to respond as necessary in partnership with public health officials. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/9b987300-86fc-41db-a6d7-ad0c7422080c <a href="/news/san-mateo-county-transit-district-posts-2019-progress-reports" hreflang="en">San Mateo County Transit District Posts 2019 Progress Reports</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/san-mateo-county-transit-district-posts-2019-progress-reports   The San Mateo County Transit District has published 2019 Progress Reports for all three of its agencies: SamTrans, Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA). The Progress Report, which was debuted at the San Mateo County State of Transportation 2020 in January, goes over the accomplishments of the three agencies in 2019. “2019 was a pivotal year for the Transit District, with many accomplishments and programs that will affect transportation in the area for years to come,” said San Mateo County Transit District’s Chief Communications Officer Seamus Murphy. “These Progress Reports show a record of accomplishments that everyone at the District is proud to be a part of.” ### About the San Mateo County Transit District: The San Mateo County Transit District operates 70 SamTrans routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The San Mateo County Transit District has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.  Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/64775921-0d55-4c0a-a984-f7f2cc3f32c3 <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-13" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-13   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 4 a.m., Monday, March 9. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute.  From February 22 through March 29, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will install the overhead catenary system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### 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. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.    Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/c6c68503-2078-4752-9f78-8a12ebb7cd96 <a href="/news/caltrain-welcomes-new-board-member" hreflang="en">Caltrain Welcomes New Board Member</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-welcomes-new-board-member   The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) welcomed new Board Member Steve Heminger, who represents the City and County of San Francisco and was appointed by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Heminger serves on the Board of Directors of the SFMTA, and recently retired from his position as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). The JPB is the governing body of Caltrain, the commuter rail service that operates in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Caltrain is managed by the San Mateo County Transit District, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco and VTA. The nine-member board of directors is composed of three members from each of the three partner agencies. For additional information about board members, visit www.caltrain.com/board.                                                    ###                        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. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/187c7326-a58e-48bd-ad56-cbe3fb500809 <a href="/news/transit-district-statement-novel-coronavirus-covid-19" hreflang="en">Transit District Statement: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/transit-district-statement-novel-coronavirus-covid-19   In light of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the Bay Area, the San Mateo County Transit District is monitoring the situation and maintaining regular contact with local public health agencies, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Transit District is the administrative body for the principal public transit and transportation programs in San Mateo County, including SamTrans bus service and Caltrain commuter rail service. As reported by the CDC, the immediate risk posed by COVID-19 to the public remains relatively low. However, we understand this can raise concerns about safety in public spaces, including public transit. Therefore, we want to remind passengers about CDC-recommended precautions everyone should take onboard public transit to prevent the spread of illnesses: Wash your hands with soap and water before and after riding public transit. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid eating while onboard. Do not cough into your hands. Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow. Stay home if you are sick. While SamTrans buses and Caltrain trains are regularly cleaned and sanitized, following these recommendations is the best way to prevent the spread of illnesses onboard. Caltrain and SamTrans have also shared preventative information with agency staff to ensure they can remain safe and healthy when serving the public. For the latest information about COVID-19 in communities served by SamTrans and Caltrain, please refer to information and guidance provided by the following public health agencies: San Francisco Department of Public Health San Mateo County Health Department Santa Clara County Public Health Department Centers for Disease Control We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and respond as necessary in partnership with our public health and transportation partners. Be safe, wash your hands and refer to public health agencies to minimize risk of exposure. Jim Hartnett General Manager/CEO, San Mateo County Transit District ### About the San Mateo County Transit District: The San Mateo County Transit District operates 70 SamTrans routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The San Mateo County Transit District has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.  Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/57b10d97-dabe-4abe-a465-183c2f8530a7 <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-12" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-12 Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 4 a.m., Monday, March 2. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute.  From February 22 through March 29, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will install the overhead catenary system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### 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. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.    Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3ad7a90a-f7f1-4863-a3c0-d4e3f55407a8 <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-11" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-11   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3:30 a.m., Monday, February 24. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute.  From February 22 through March 29, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will install the overhead catenary system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### 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. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/053bfb44-04af-4641-bcc3-430b045e3053 <a href="/news/caltrain-recommends-alternatives-millbrae-station-access-following-bart-parking-closure" hreflang="en">Caltrain Recommends Alternatives for Millbrae Station Access following BART Parking Closure</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-recommends-alternatives-millbrae-station-access-following-bart-parking-closure On Saturday, February 22, 300 additional parking spots at the Millbrae Transit Center will be eliminated to accommodate the transit-oriented development project currently being built on BART property. Caltrain parking on the west side of the station will remain open throughout construction. Caltrain is working closely with BART to mitigate impacts to customers who currently park at Millbrae Station to access Caltrain. In anticipation of parking shortages, Caltrain riders are encouraged to take advantage of the following Millbrae Station access alternatives: Broadway/Millbrae Shuttle: Caltrain customers can park at the Broadway Caltrain Station and take the FREE shuttle to the Millbrae Transit Center Monday through Friday. The shuttle ride takes about seven minutes and is timed to meet high-demand commuting trains. The Broadway Station parking lot typically has 100 empty parking spaces on a given weekday. Customers can use the Caltrain Mobile app or ticket vending machine to pay for daily parking permits. Shuttle schedule information can be found online at www.smctd.com/MBShuttle. Caltrain-specific parking permits in the BART parking garage: Caltrain is coordinating with BART to establish single-day reserved permits for Caltrain riders within the permit-parking section of BART’s parking garage. Riders will be able to purchase these permits online by providing a Clipper number or Caltrain Go Pass parking number as proof of Caltrain ridership. Permits are expected to become available in March. Details and instructions will be posted at www.caltrain.com/MillbraeGaragePermits. SamTrans Route ECR: The ECR offers high frequency bus service along El Camino Real and stops across the street from the Millbrae Station. Bike: Millbrae Station offers bike racks and electronic on-demand bike lockers. Electronic locker information can be found at www.bikelink.org. Carpool: As always, riders are encouraged to carpool to stations whenever possible to reduce emissions and save on the cost of a daily parking permit. Caltrain will be participating in a transit fair at the Millbrae Station on Wednesday, February 19, from 4-7 p.m. to address customer questions and provide alternative station access information. For updates and more information, visit www.caltrain.com/MillbraeStationChanges. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/8bc18678-1e61-43bf-84c0-28a61c9347e2 <a href="/news/caltrain-temporarily-suspends-sf-weekend-service-electrification-work" hreflang="en">Caltrain Temporarily Suspends SF Weekend Service for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-temporarily-suspends-sf-weekend-service-electrification-work   From Saturday, February 22, to Sunday, March 29, trains will not serve the San Francisco or 22nd Street stations on weekends in order to accommodate construction in tunnels needed for the Caltrain Electrification project. Trains will originate and terminate at the Bayshore Station. Free SamTrans bus service will be provided to connect Caltrain riders traveling from the Bayshore Station to 22nd Street and San Francisco stations during this time. Buses are ADA accessible and will have limited onboard capacity for luggage and bikes. Details regarding station impacts, ticketing and transit alternatives are available at: caltrain.com/SFWeekendClosure.     During the weekend closures, riders may want to consider other available public transit options: Caltrain connects to BART at the Millbrae Transit Center SamTrans’ ECR connects San Mateo County to Daly City BART MUNI’s 8-Bayshore, 9-San Bruno and T-Third Street light rail line all serve the Bayshore Caltrain Station SamTrans’ 292, 397 and 398 connect San Mateo County to downtown San Francisco VTA 181 goes from San Jose Diridon to Fremont and Warm Springs BART Amtrak Capitol Corridor connects from San Jose Diridon and Santa Clara stations to Coliseum BART. E-bike share vendors Baywheels and JUMP are located at the Bayshore Station   The suspension of San Francisco weekend service has been scheduled to avoid impacting service during major events, including the San Francisco Giants’ baseball season. This closure is necessary to install the overhead catenary system, which will supply power to trains after the launch of electrified service in 2022. All work in the tunnels is scheduled to be completed prior to the Monday morning rush hour commute. In the event of a possible disruption to weekday service, Caltrain will alert the public through the media and its social media channels. Riders are encouraged to keep an eye on the Caltrain Twitter account for potential disruptions.   The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### 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. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/952acd86-ce82-4de3-8f90-d11102a257fc <a href="/news/caltrain-samtrans-adjust-schedules-presidents-day-holiday" hreflang="en">Caltrain, SamTrans To Adjust Schedules For Presidents’ Day Holiday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-samtrans-adjust-schedules-presidents-day-holiday   Caltrain will operate a modified schedule on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17, with 36 trains running between San Francisco and San Jose, including two bullet trains and four limited service trains in both directions. The modified schedule also offers one round-trip train from Gilroy to San Francisco. In addition, the Tamien/San Jose Diridon shuttle will operate a modified schedule with revised shuttle connections. SamTrans will operate a regular, non-school day schedule on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17. For more information about Caltrain and SamTrans schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com.   ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/a07e0763-0fb8-4f29-8126-037eaeccb710 <a href="/news/caltrain-wins-awards-marketing-and-communications-campaigns" hreflang="en">Caltrain Wins Awards for Marketing and Communications Campaigns</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-wins-awards-marketing-and-communications-campaigns   Caltrain has received two First Place Adwheel Awards, given by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). These awards recognize the marketing and communications efforts of public transit agencies across the country. APTA awarded Caltrain first place in its 2020 AdWheel Awards competition for the Caltrain Safe campaign, featuring Kari Byron of MythBusters, and the Warriors/Chase Center Inaugural Opening campaign, featuring Golden State Warriors Dance Mom Robin Schreiber and members of the Warriors Dance Team. The awards acknowledge the creativity and collaboration that went into the campaigns on behalf of multiple departments involved, including Communications, Digital Communications, Marketing, Rail Maintenance and Operations. The award will be presented at an upcoming APTA Marketing &amp; Communications workshop in Orlando at the end of February where representatives from the agency’s Communications Division will be present to accept the award. The win also earns Caltrain eligibility to be considered for a Grand Award, where winners will be honored at the annual APTA meeting in Anaheim this October. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/1c260d96-743a-4862-a5c0-55e1e2b18a9c <a href="/news/caltrain-adopts-policies-use-and-development-its-property" hreflang="en">Caltrain Adopts Policies on Use and Development on its Property</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-adopts-policies-use-and-development-its-property   The Caltrain Board of Directors adopted a Rail Corridor Use Policy and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy at their Thursday meeting. These policies will guide the agency’s use of its property, set standards for future development projects and support the delivery of Caltrain’s Long-Term Service Vision. The Rail Corridor Use Policy will guide the use of the agency’s property and support delivery of Caltrain’s Long-Term Service Vision. Caltrain frequently receives requests from third parties to use its property for non-railroad uses, ranging from utilities to developments to farmers markets. The Rail Corridor Use Policy provides a policy framework for considering and approving the range of proposed uses of Caltrain property, to ensure their compatibility with the railroad’s current and future needs. It identifies which property is needed to support operations and future growth of the railroad, as envisioned by Caltrain’s Long-Term Service Vision, and which property could potentially have other uses located on it, such as potential community or development project uses.   Based on the Rail Corridor Use Policy’s findings, a preliminary analysis was conducted to identify potential development opportunities along the Caltrain corridor. Two sites are considered to have high potential for development, as they are larger than 1.5 acres in size and have a relatively standard shape, in Redwood City and Mountain View. Seven other sites across the corridor have some development potential, but they are smaller, irregularly shaped and have specific factors that would complicate development, and they require further study and analysis to determine their development potential. The TOD Policy expresses Caltrain’s policy goals and strategic objectives for development of the agency’s property. For residential projects, it lays out a requirement that 30% of housing units must be affordable units, with 10% targeted at Very Low Income, Low Income and Moderate Income households, respectively. The policy also suggests a minimum of 50 units per acre for residential projects and a height of at least four stories. Every individual project will be held to these standards, rather than an average across all Caltrain properties. It also lays out other objectives, primarily that any developments on Caltrain property would increase ridership on the system, while also providing accessibility to riders who live elsewhere. In addition, the policy promotes working towards multi-modal connectivity, maximizing density, receiving fair market value for the land, paying prevailing wage and favoring long-term ground leases. While the TOD Policy sets forth the agency’s goals and objectives for development projects, each actual development project and its terms will be negotiated by staff and every transaction will be subject to final approval by the Board of Directors, at their sole and complete discretion. The Rail Corridor Use Policy and TOD Policy are foundational policies to guide decision-making for the agency; additional study and analysis will be required before the agency considers pursuing any development project in the future along the Caltrain corridor. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/4b58d9d9-1fcf-4167-929c-1439d7dadbea <a href="/news/catch-caltrain-knbr-giants-fanfest-oracle-park-saturday" hreflang="en">Catch Caltrain to KNBR Giant’s FanFest at Oracle Park on Saturday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/catch-caltrain-knbr-giants-fanfest-oracle-park-saturday   San Francisco Giants fans will have their first chance to celebrate the team’s 62nd season at Oracle Park this Saturday, February 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the annual KNBR Giants FanFest. In addition to the regular weekend schedule, Caltrain will provide extra service for passengers traveling to and from the festivities. One extra northbound train will depart San Jose Diridon at 8:33 a.m. making limited stops before arriving in San Francisco at 9:51 a.m. Following the event, one additional southbound train will depart from San Francisco at 3:13 p.m. and express to Millbrae before making all local weekend stops to the San Jose Diridon Station. Visit the Oracle Park Transportation booth at FanFest for free Caltrain giveaways while supplies last and 2020 service information.  Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains. To save time on the return trip, fans are encouraged to buy a digital day pass and parking permit using the Caltrain Mobile app or a paper ticket at a station vending machine. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open containers of alcohol are not allowed on trains after 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedule and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/71b14802-3bcb-46d0-b363-77694ec0d0a1 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-palo-alto" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on Electrification in Palo Alto</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-palo-alto   Caltrain will host a community meeting to discuss the continued construction activities for the Caltrain Electrification project in Palo Alto. In the coming months, crews will continue foundation installation and begin the installation of poles along the rail corridor in Palo Alto. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project, including the scope and schedule of upcoming construction activities.   Palo Alto Community Meeting: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Embarcadero Room Palo Alto, CA   The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service and minimize long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022.   For more information, visit www.CalMod.org. For more information on the city-led grade separation efforts, including upcoming Expanded Community Advisory Panel (XCAP) meetings, visit www.connectingpaloalto.com. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/47840509-e4f6-418a-93e8-325516308482 <a href="/news/pacific-boulevard-parking-lot-hillsdale-caltrain-station-close" hreflang="en">Pacific Boulevard Parking Lot at Hillsdale Caltrain Station to Close</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/pacific-boulevard-parking-lot-hillsdale-caltrain-station-close   One of the east side parking lot at the Hillsdale Caltrain Station will close as of Monday, January 27. Riders at Hillsdale are encouraged to park at either the west lot off El Camino Real or the parking area along the tracks on the east side accessible by East 28th Avenue. The Pacific Boulevard lot is not a Caltrain property, and is being closed in order to develop the site. Riders parking at the alternative lot can still pay at the ticket vending machines on the platform, or through Caltrain Mobile. Riders can also park at the Belmont Caltrain Station and either board the train there, or take the free Belmont/Hillsdale shuttle. Riders can also consider other transit options in order to manage the change in parking. Shuttles serving the station will now pick up and drop off at Pacific Boulevard. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/9415cb1e-9d3d-49b9-a6f7-cfdca30e5f1b <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-mountain-view-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on Electrification in Mountain View</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-mountain-view-0   Caltrain will host a community meeting to discuss the continued construction activities for the Caltrain Electrification project in Mountain View. In the coming months, crews will continue foundation installation and begin the installation of poles along the rail corridor in Mountain View. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project, including the scope and schedule of upcoming construction activities.   Mountain View Community Meeting: Thursday, January 23, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro Street Mountain View, CA   The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service and minimize long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. For more information, visit www.CalMod.org. ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/36749318-bbca-4598-bad7-a47b40aa0035 <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-special-service-levisr-stadium-49ers-vs-packers" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Special Service to Levi’s® Stadium for 49ers vs. Packers</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-special-service-levisr-stadium-49ers-vs-packers   The 49ers are soldiering through the post season, and Caltrain is still running extra service to Levi’s Stadium. Fans should take Caltrain to see the 49ers take on the Green Bay Packers this Sunday, January 19, at 3:40 p.m. In addition to its regular weekend schedule, Caltrain will provide one additional southbound pre-game express train to the Mountain View Station, which departs from the San Francisco Station at 1:40 p.m. The extra express train will make stops at Millbrae, San Mateo, Hillsdale, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose Diridon stations. From the Mountain View Station, fans will be able to board Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail for continuing service to the stadium. Following the game on Sunday, Caltrain will operate one special northbound train, which will depart the Mountain View Station approximately 75 minutes after the game, or when full. That train will make all local stops to San Francisco, including the Atherton and Broadway stations. Additional details about service on 49ers’ game days can be found here. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to use the convenient Caltrain Mobile ticketing app to purchase an Adult Joint Caltrain + VTA Day Pass, which is valid on both transit providers until end of service. Tickets bought on the mobile app are valid upon purchase and cannot be stored for a future date. Caltrain Mobile’s latest update allows users to pay for their parking through the app. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold on board trains and can be purchased at ticket machines at the stations. Caltrain riders with a Clipper Caltrain Monthly Pass (adults with 2 or more zones and Eligible Discount with any zone) receive a free transfer to VTA local and light rail. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that alcohol is not allowed onboard beginning at 9 p.m. Food and beverages aren’t allowed on VTA. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines or through Caltrain Mobile. Caltrain paid parking rules are enforced all day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/e7abc4c6-ada7-40a2-bde3-1fbdb9c91794 <a href="/news/caltrain-celebrates-martin-luther-king-jr-day-celebration-train" hreflang="en">Caltrain Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the Celebration Train</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-celebrates-martin-luther-king-jr-day-celebration-train   The dream lives on this month as the Caltrain NorCalMLK Celebration Train makes its way up the Peninsula from San Jose to San Francisco on Monday, January 20. The Celebration Train will provide free service for those who wish to attend the annual observance of the life and legacy of Dr. King in San Francisco hosted by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorCalMLK). There will be onboard activities and entertainment for those in attendance during the trip, including a free giveaway for the children.  Attendees must register in advance to receive a free Celebration Train commemorative ticket. For ticket registration, click here. This free train ride, which pays tribute to the 54-mile 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, is a great way to get to the MLK march and events in The City. The train will depart from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station at 9:35 a.m. It will make stops in Palo Alto at 9:55 a.m. and San Mateo at 10:19 a.m. before arriving in San Francisco by 10:45 a.m. There is no special southbound service, however, Celebration Train tickets will be accepted on southbound trains departing San Francisco after 1:00 p.m. that same day. Caltrain will operate a modified service schedule for the holiday on Monday, January 20. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines or conveniently through Caltrain Mobile. Caltrain paid parking rules are enforced all day, including holidays. For more information on the annual MLK celebrations hosted by NorCalMLK, please visit www.sfmlkday.org. For more information about Caltrain’s regular service, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ae48dd0a-d617-4005-8eee-12390d3e30ef <a href="/news/caltrain-samtrans-operate-modified-schedule-mlk-jr-day-holiday" hreflang="en">Caltrain & SamTrans to Operate Modified Schedule for MLK Jr. Day Holiday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-samtrans-operate-modified-schedule-mlk-jr-day-holiday   Caltrain and SamTrans will continue to provide service on Monday, January 20, for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Caltrain will operate a modified schedule, which includes one train to/from Gilroy and two baby bullet trains in both directions between San Jose Diridon and San Francisco. The San Jose Diridon-Tamien shuttle will continue to operate on a modified schedule to accommodate alternative train service. SamTrans will operate a regular, non-school day schedule for the holiday. Bus routes that primarily service local schools will not be operating that Monday. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages SamTrans and Caltrain, will be closed for the holiday. For more information on fares and schedules, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448), or visit www.samtrans.com or www.caltrain.com. ### 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. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0891441c-69e9-4cc9-aabd-2b0ac07fb1fa <a href="/news/caltrain-elects-officers-2020-welcomes-new-board-member" hreflang="en">Caltrain Elects Officers for 2020, Welcomes New Board Member</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-elects-officers-2020-welcomes-new-board-member The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) elected its officers for this year. Member Dave Pine, who represents the County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors, was elected as this year’s chair. Member Dev Davis, who represents the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), was elected as vice chair. The JPB also welcomed back Board Member Monique Zmuda, who represents the City and County of San Francisco and is appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco. Zmuda, who is retired as deputy controller for the City and County of San Francisco, previously served on the JPB from April 2017 to March 2019. The JPB is the governing body of Caltrain, the commuter rail service that operates in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Caltrain is managed by the San Mateo County Transit District, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco and VTA. The nine-member board of directors is composed of three members from each of the three partner agencies. For additional information about board members, visit www.caltrain.com/board.                                                          ###                          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. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3b00e369-4d6b-4ab7-8f26-877f4a648e46 <a href="/news/caltrain-adds-daily-parking-mobile-ticketing-app" hreflang="en">Caltrain Adds Daily Parking to Mobile Ticketing App</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-adds-daily-parking-mobile-ticketing-app   Caltrain Mobile now allows users to pay for parking through their phones. The app, which launched in February of 2018, has been downloaded nearly 300,000 times and over 1.1 million tickets have been purchased through the app. The new feature offers users the option to purchase a Caltrain Daily Parking Permit. After selecting the option, users can select the station they parked at and input their parking space number, allowing them to pay for parking in seconds without requiring the use of a ticket vending machine. The feature was introduced in a soft launch on December 18. In that time, over a thousand permits have been sold through the app, with no reported issues. This is the first feature of its kind in the Bay Area, and was one of the most requested updates by Caltrain Mobile users. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system and requires customers to purchase their fare before boarding. Caltrain Mobile allows riders to bypass ticketing machines before boarding at stations. The app offers One-Way, Day Pass and Zone Upgrade digital tickets for adults and passengers who qualify for discounted fare. Caltrain Mobile is ideal for occasional and weekend riders headed to special events, day trips, sporting events, visiting friends and shopping. The Buy Again feature allows riders to purchase the same ticket as they have purchased in the past with a single touch. Ticket prices are the same as paper tickets and there are no additional fees. Tickets for multiple people can be purchased and used on a single phone. Tickets are activated immediately upon purchase and the rules are the same as the ticket machine. Caltrain Mobile was designed by moovel North America, LLC, who is also the mobile ticketing provider for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The Caltrain Board awarded a contract to the company for development of a mobile ticketing solution in January 2017. Future app updates could include trip planning and real-time departure information, among other functions. ### 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. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/a6449316-3e42-47cc-9a05-522416056e4a <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-special-service-levisr-stadium-playoffs" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Special Service to Levi’s® Stadium for Playoffs</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-special-service-levisr-stadium-playoffs   The 49ers are still in the mix, so Caltrain has extended its extra service to Levi’s Stadium into the postseason. Fans should take Caltrain to see the 49ers take on the Minnesota Vikings this Saturday, January 11, at 1:35 p.m. In addition to its regular weekend schedule, Caltrain will provide one additional southbound pre-game express train to the Mountain View Station, which departs from the San Francisco Station at 10:45 a.m. The extra express train will make stops at Millbrae, San Mateo, Hillsdale, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose Diridon stations. From the Mountain View Station, fans will be able to board Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail for continuing service to the stadium. Following the game on Saturday, Caltrain will operate one special northbound train, which will depart the Mountain View Station approximately 75 minutes after the game, or when full. That train will make all local stops to San Francisco, including the Atherton and Broadway stations. Additional details about service on 49ers’ game days can be found here. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to use the convenient Caltrain Mobile ticketing app to purchase an Adult Joint Caltrain + VTA Day Pass, which is valid on both transit providers until end of service. Tickets bought on the mobile app are valid upon purchase and cannot be stored for a future date. Caltrain Mobile’s latest update allows users to pay for their parking through the app. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold on board trains and can be purchased at ticket machines at the stations. Caltrain riders with a Clipper Caltrain Monthly Pass (adults with 2 or more zones and Eligible Discount with any zone) receive a free transfer to VTA local and light rail. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that alcohol is not allowed onboard beginning at 9 p.m. Food and beverages aren’t allowed on VTA. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines or through Caltrain Mobile. Caltrain paid parking rules are enforced all day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### 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 celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/5a41b756-7804-4a02-ae54-ba73c56a04ed <a href="/news/caltrain-increase-service-offer-free-rides-new-years-eve-1" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Increase Service, Offer Free Rides for New Year’s Eve</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-increase-service-offer-free-rides-new-years-eve-1   In an effort to encourage New Year’s revelers to enjoy their night safely and responsibly, Caltrain will provide free rides starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, until the last southbound train departs the San Francisco Station at 2 a.m. Trains will operate special event service on December 31 to accommodate the San Francisco fireworks show. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 – New Year’s Eve In addition to regular weekday service, Caltrain will operate two additional northbound limited service trains in the evening prior to the San Francisco fireworks show. Following the event, Caltrain will operate additional southbound trains. Departure times will vary depending on crowd size. The last train will depart from the San Francisco Station at 2 a.m. Post-firework trains will make all local weekday stops between San Francisco and San Jose. Wednesday, January 1, 2020 – New Year’s Day Caltrain will operate a Sunday schedule. Caltrain does not allow open alcohol containers on trains after 9 p.m. Disruptive passengers will be asked to leave the train. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans, will be closed on New Year’s Day. Caltrain customer service is available on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on New Year’s Day, January 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 1.800.660.4287. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ba0aa4da-3554-4241-9f40-29a354172286 <a href="/news/caltrain-samtrans-continue-operate-christmas-day" hreflang="en">Caltrain, SamTrans Continue to Operate on Christmas Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-samtrans-continue-operate-christmas-day   Santa isn’t the only one working on Christmas, as both Caltrain and SamTrans will be in operation for the holiday. Caltrain will operate on its Sunday schedule on Wednesday, December 25. Trains will provide regular weekday service on Tuesday, December 24. SamTrans will also be operating on a Sunday schedule on December 25, with regular service running on December 24. Schedules for specific routes can be found here. School Day service will not operate between Monday, December 23, 2019 and Sunday, January 5, 2020. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans, and the 1st floor ticket sales booth will be closed on  Christmas Day. Caltrain customer service is available by phone at 1.800.660.4287 on December 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.   Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/800ba7d3-ac69-40ab-9633-dbd6a50127b0 <a href="/news/holiday-train-collects-over-1400-toys-local-children" hreflang="en">Holiday Train Collects Over 1,400 Toys for Local Children</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/holiday-train-collects-over-1400-toys-local-children   The holidays will be a little brighter this season for lots of children thanks to the generosity of people that donated toys during this year’s annual Caltrain Holiday Train.  During Holiday Train weekend, held December 7 &amp; 8, despite the stormy weather thousands of people converged on Peninsula train stations to experience the glittering show train, holiday tunes, Santa and his friends and take the opportunity to donate toys for children in need. Approximately 1,161 toys were collected during Holiday Train weekend. An additional 259 toys were collected by San Mateo County Transit District employees and the SamTrans Stuff A Bus Toy Drive. This season’s holiday toy drive brought in a total of 1,420 toys. Toys donated at stations benefit the Salvation Army's Toy &amp; Joy Program. A $15,000 donation made to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program by the Holiday Train enabled the purchase of approximately 1,500 toys for the non-profit organization. Since the Holiday Train’s inception in 2001, more than 60,000 toys have been distributed to Bay Area children who otherwise might not have received gifts at Christmas. Community support is a hallmark of the Holiday Train. Working at the San Francisco rail yard, volunteers spent every Saturday for two months decorating the train. Ambassadors at train stations helped pass out candy canes, programs and stickers to joyous onlookers. Local artists and vendors provided entertainment at each station before the train arrived. Those who volunteered to wear a holiday character costume were rewarded by the delighted response of the thousands of families who turned out for the event.  Community Support The Holiday Train would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors for everything from decorations and wiring to costumes. This year, our Locomotive Sponsor includes The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, and our Media Sponsors include The Daily Journal, The San Francisco Examiner. In-kind sponsors include Enlighted Inc. a Siemen’s Company, Jim’s Handyman Services, Classic Graphics, Peterson Technical Services and the Subway store located in the San Francisco Caltrain Station.  ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/e0eca274-f585-4d60-a6c9-43304a8e39c7 <a href="/news/weekend-holiday-train-toy-drive-marks-season-giving" hreflang="en">This Weekend the Holiday Train Toy Drive Marks Season of Giving</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/weekend-holiday-train-toy-drive-marks-season-giving &nbsp; On Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, Caltrain will hold the annual Holiday Train toy drive event presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation for Bay Area residents from San Francisco to the South Bay. Decorated with more than 75,000 glittering lights, the Holiday Train will visit nine Caltrain stations over the weekend. At each of the train&rsquo;s 20-minute station stops, people can join in singing with onboard carolers and the Salvation Army Christmas Brass Ensemble. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their extended family &ndash; including Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer &ndash; will get off the train to greet kids and pose for pictures. Prior to the arrival of the train, families can enjoy free entertainment at each of the Holiday Train station stops as well as local community events like the Hometown Holidays Parade in Redwood City and the inaugural Winter Ice Rink in Downtown Sunnyvale. &ldquo;We are grateful to the generous Bay Area residents who have donated more than 50,000 toys since the start of this local tradition in 2001,&rdquo; said Caltrain Executive Director Jim Hartnett. &ldquo;This event would not be possible without the support of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, sponsors and our staff for helping us provide this magical experience to the communities we serve.&rdquo; In addition to offering families free holiday fun, the Holiday Train offers an opportunity to donate new toys or books to local children whose families are struggling to make ends meet. Caltrain is proud to partner with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program and The Salvation Army to help make the season brighter for everyone. &ldquo;The Salvation Army relies on the generosity of the people in the greater Bay Area who donate toys every year as part of the Caltrain Holiday Train event,&rdquo; said Captain Matt Madsen, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army in San Francisco. &ldquo;The toys donated during these two days are greatly needed for our local toy programs in San Francisco and throughout the Peninsula. Thanks to the Caltrain Holiday Train many children will get a gift this Christmas.&rdquo; Holiday Train Schedule Saturday, December 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Station Arrive San Francisco 4:00 p.m. Burlingame 5:25 p.m. Redwood City 6:10 p.m. Mountain View 7:25 p.m. Santa Clara 8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Station Arrive San Francisco 4:00 p.m. Millbrae 5:20 p.m. San Mateo 6:00 p.m. Menlo Park 7:05 p.m. Sunnyvale 7:50 p.m. &nbsp; Community Support Santa&rsquo;s helpers can get into the holiday spirit by donating or becoming a sponsor on the Holiday Train website,&nbsp;holiday-train.org, and by following Caltrain and Silicon Valley Community Foundation on Twitter using the hashtag #HolidayTrain2019 to help spread the word. All Holiday Train donations are collected by and distributed through Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Sponsors The Holiday Train would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors for everything from decorations and wiring to costumes. This year, our Locomotive Sponsor includes The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, and our Media Sponsors include The Daily Journal, The San Francisco Examiner. In-kind sponsors include Enlighted Inc. a Siemen&rsquo;s Company, Jim&rsquo;s Handyman Services, Classic Graphics, Peterson Technical Services and the Subway store located in the San Francisco Caltrain Station.&nbsp; ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. About Silicon Valley Community Foundation: Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. We engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to&nbsp;make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise&nbsp;committed to the belief that&nbsp;possibilities start here.&nbsp;Learn more at&nbsp;siliconvalleycf.org. About The Salvation Army: Since 1883, The Salvation Army has been transforming lives throughout the Greater Bay Area. The Red Kettle Campaign started in San Francisco in 1891 and is in its 129th year and is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $142.7 million nationwide during the 2018 campaign. The Salvation Army serves more than 500,000 people annually in the Greater Bay Area offering practical support, spiritual comfort and a critical safety net to people in need. The Salvation Army provides services to the homeless without discrimination regardless of ethnic or national origin, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or immigration status. For every dollar donated to The Salvation Army, 82 cents is used to support those services in facilities throughout the Bay Area. For more information go to www.sanfrancisco.salvationarmy.org. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/9073b365-45da-4d3a-91c6-4ee41e228d4f <a href="/news/caltrain-and-samtrans-adjust-schedule-thanksgiving-holiday-2" hreflang="en">Caltrain and SamTrans to Adjust Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-and-samtrans-adjust-schedule-thanksgiving-holiday-2   Caltrain will operate alternative schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28, and the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 29. SamTrans will operate its regular Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day and regular weekday non-school day service the day before and after Thanksgiving, giving consumers more travel options for the busiest shopping day of the year.  Day Before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 27 SamTrans will operate its regular weekday non-school day service schedule. Caltrain will operate its regular weekday schedule. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 Caltrain will operate a Sunday schedule for the holiday between the San Francisco and San Jose Diridon stations, with shuttle service to and from the Tamien station. Train service will not operate south of San Jose Diridon. The schedule will include two northbound and southbound Baby Bullet trains. SamTrans will operate its regular Sunday service, which is less frequent than the weekday schedule and does not include routes that specifically serve schools or do not operate on a normal Sunday. Day After Thanksgiving, Friday, November 29 Caltrain will operate a modified schedule between the San Francisco and San Jose Diridon stations. The modified schedule includes one round-trip train between Gilroy and San Francisco, with modified shuttle service between the San Jose Diridon and Tamien Caltrain stations. SamTrans will operate its regular weekday non-school day service schedule. More information about Caltrain and SamTrans modified holiday schedules can be found online at www.caltrain.com/holidays and www.samtrans.com/holidays. Please note the administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans, will be closed on Thanksgiving, and the day after Thanksgiving. Caltrain customer service is available on Thanksgiving 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the day after Thanksgiving 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/2f2cf9b3-2a51-42b9-b302-16781075c2e8 <a href="/news/take-caltrain-harvest-festival-san-jose" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to the Harvest Festival in San Jose</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-harvest-festival-san-jose   Art &amp; craft enthusiasts from throughout the Bay Area will flock to the 2019 Harvest Festival Original Art &amp; Craft Show at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. The festival will be held this weekend, November 29 through December 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, during which Caltrain will be on hand to get attendees there and back again. San Francisco and Peninsula residents can get to the festival without the stress and worries of traffic by taking Caltrain to the San Jose Diridon Station and transfer to VTA light rail for service to Convention Center Station. The Harvest Festival has been held for 47 years in various locations throughout California. This year’s festival in San Jose will feature hundreds of artisans, specializing in clothing, jewelry, specialty foods, toys, holiday decor and more. Patrons can listen to live music and entertainment, enjoy festival foods and visit a hands-on KidZone where kids can decorate gingerbread cookies. For schedule and fare information or for help planning your trip, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/f6fff4c6-cf01-4f89-8b95-86573bd2c11f <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-post-event-service-bad-bunny-concert-chase-center" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Post-Event Service for Bad Bunny Concert at Chase Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-post-event-service-bad-bunny-concert-chase-center   This Sunday, November 24, Bad Bunny is bringing his infectious trap songs to Chase Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. On Sunday, in addition to its regular weekend schedule, Caltrain will operate one special southbound train after the concert, which departs San Francisco Station 30 minutes after the end of the concert, or when full, making all local weekend stops to San Jose. Concert attendees can ride Caltrain to the San Francisco Station and either walk 15-20 minutes or transfer to the Muni T-Third line for service to/from Chase Center. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/defd333d-f38c-429d-8573-29e10549263e <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-big-game" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Service to Stanford for the Big Game</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-big-game   The Stanford Cardinal take on their rivals the Cal Bears this Saturday, November 23, at 1 p.m., and Caltrain will be offering additional service to deliver fans to and from Stanford Stadium for the game. Caltrain is providing an additional pre-game Bullet Express train that will depart San Francisco at 10:40 a.m., and arrive at Stanford Stadium at 11:31 a.m. The train will make additional stops at Mountain View, Sunnyvale and San Jose Diridon. There will be an additional post-game northbound train that will depart the Stanford Station approximately 30 minutes after the end of the game, or when full.  service to and from the or all weekend Cardinal home games this season. Please be advised that there are no ticket vending machines at the Stanford Stadium Station. Riders are advised to purchase a Caltrain Day Pass at their departure station or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app before boarding the train to the game. Caltrain will have staff with Clipper Card readers at the Stanford Stadium Station, so fans using Clipper can still tag on and off. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket vending machines. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are not allowed onboard beginning at 9 p.m. For additional information about train service and fares, call Caltrain at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448), or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ef347389-6f07-4220-aa33-bb199232e666 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-open-house-burlingame-broadway-grade-separation" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Open House on Burlingame Broadway Grade Separation</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-open-house-burlingame-broadway-grade-separation   Caltrain is hosting an open house on the Burlingame Broadway Grade Separation Project that will improve safety and traffic flow, and reduce horn noise. The open house will include a brief presentation with an update on designs and schedule for the new vehicle, pedestrian and bike underpass and station. Burlingame Broadway Grade Separation Project Open HouseNovember 19, 20196:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Burlingame Library (Lane Room)480 Primrose, Burlingame, CA High traffic volumes at Burlingame’s Broadway grade crossing result in some of the worst traffic congestion in the region. A preferred design alternative was approved by the Burlingame City Council in 2017 for the project, which will separate the tracks from the street by partially raising the tracks and partially lowering the road. This will improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, reduce train gate down-time and horn noise, restore weekday service at Broadway Station and improve traffic flow. The project will also construct a new elevated Broadway Station with updated amenities that better serve the community. For more information or to sign up for project updates, visit www.caltrain.com/BBGS. For questions call Caltrain Customer Service at 1-800-660-4287 or email BBGS@Caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/b667955c-f8f9-4e20-b4df-77d38e971614 <a href="/news/take-samtrans-and-caltrain-harvest-festival-san-mateo" hreflang="en">Take SamTrans and Caltrain to the Harvest Festival in San Mateo</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-samtrans-and-caltrain-harvest-festival-san-mateo   Art &amp; craft enthusiasts from throughout the Peninsula will flock to the 2019 Harvest Festival Original Art &amp; Craft Show at the San Mateo County Event Center. The festival will be held this weekend, November 15-17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, during which SamTrans and Caltrain are on hand to get attendees there and back again. Peninsula residents can get to the festival without the stress and worries of traffic by taking public transportation. The fairgrounds are served by SamTrans Routes ECR, ECR Rapid and 292, with stops located nearby. The Event Center is accessible by Caltrain from both the Hillsdale and Hayward Park Stations. Customers arriving at the Hillsdale Station can walk a short distance along Delaware Street to the fairgrounds main entrance. Riders using the Hayward Park Station can take Concar Drive to Delaware Street. The Harvest Festival has been held for 47 years in various locations throughout California. This year’s festival in San Mateo will feature hundreds of artisans, specializing in clothing, jewelry, specialty foods, toys, holiday decor and more. Patrons can listen to live music and entertainment, enjoy festival foods and visit a hands-on KidZone where kids can decorate gingerbread cookies. For schedule and fare information or for help planning your trip, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit www.samtrans.com or www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/a7f6b850-1168-4d72-b85b-44d7418bc6c7 <a href="/news/jim-hartnett-named-most-admired-ceo" hreflang="en">Jim Hartnett Named Most Admired CEO</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/jim-hartnett-named-most-admired-ceo   Jim Hartnett, General Manager/CEO of the San Mateo County Transit District, has been named one of San Francisco Business Times’ Most Admired CEOs. The award recognizes outstanding CEOs for their leadership, vision and values. Hartnett’s fellow honorees include CEO’s from the Oakland Athletics, the University of California San Francisco, and Blue Shield. Past honorees include chief executives from some of the Bay Area’s leading organizations, including Levi Strauss &amp; Co, Kaiser Permanente, the Golden State Warriors, Williams-Sonoma, and the San Francisco Giants. As General Manager/CEO of the District, Hartnett is responsible for transportation and mobility services that the Peninsula depends on to fuel economic competitiveness and provide commute alternatives that reduce traffic and serve the most vulnerable members of our communities. In this role, he oversees the management and operation of both the Caltrain commuter rail service and the SamTrans fixed route bus and paratransit services, and also manages the administration of approximately $180 million/year in voter approved sales taxes for multi modal transportation improvements in San Mateo County. “Our region is very fortunate to have Jim working on behalf of our communities to manage and improve the services that so many of us depend on”, said Carole Groom who chairs the District’s Board of Directors and also serves as President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. “Under his leadership, we are making great strides toward securing a better transportation future of the Peninsula at a time when we need it most.” Since being named CEO of the District in 2015, Hartnett’s leadership has helped implement transformative improvements and achievements including: Securing over $2 billion in local, state, regional and federal funds to prepare the Caltrain corridor for expanded service and the operation of new, high-performance electric trains. The creation of a Caltrain Business Plan that calls for implementation of a 2040 Service Vision that would increase service throughout the corridor and triple ridership, putting the equivalent of 5.5 lanes of traffic on Caltrain instead of our highways. The approval of San Mateo County’s Measure W in 2018, which provides approximately $90 million/year for enhanced local and regional transit services, bike and pedestrian improvements, and solutions that address traffic congestion on regional highways and local streets and roads. The launch of popular new express bus service connecting San Francisco and Mateo County communities and job centers that has taken hundreds of commuters out of their cars since it launched in August 2019. An historic private sector partnership with Cross Bay Transit Partners to explore creating a new rail transit connection between the Peninsula and the East Bay along the Dumbarton Rail Corridor. “I am humbled to receive this recognition,” said Hartnett. “It is a direct reflection of the extraordinary work and talent of our Executive Team and all of the staff at the District. I am very proud to accept this award on behalf of the entire organization.” ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/e3c2199d-bf11-4c95-971a-7e143a812aff <a href="/news/caltrain-roadshow-model-future-electric-fleet-comes-san-mateo" hreflang="en">Caltrain Roadshow of Model Future Electric Fleet Comes to San Mateo</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-roadshow-model-future-electric-fleet-comes-san-mateo Caltrain’s miniature model of its future electric trains, set to begin service in 2022, comes to San Mateo this week. This outreach effort aims to provide information about electrification and raise additional awareness around the benefits of Caltrain’s modernization projects. After making an appearance at the SAMCEDA Economic Outlook Conference in the morning of Friday, November 8, the to-scale replica train will travel to the San Mateo Main Library, where it will remain through Thursday, November 14. Since it began in August, the roadshow has been displayed at a range of events, including the Caltrain Board of Directors meeting, Facebook Festivals and a series of pop ups and community meetings. More information about the traveling roadshow can be found on the Caltrain Modernization website at www.CalMod.org/Roadshow. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service and minimize long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, or if you are interested in hosting the model train, visit www.CalMod.org. ###                         About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/f242e270-e6d4-4fab-ba23-600de9108009 <a href="/news/hillsdale-caltrain-station-temporarily-close-spring-2020" hreflang="en">Hillsdale Caltrain Station to Temporarily Close in Spring 2020</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/hillsdale-caltrain-station-temporarily-close-spring-2020   Due to delays in the relocation of third party fiber optic cables, the Hillsdale Caltrain Station closure will no longer be closed in late December 2019 and is estimated to close in spring of 2020 as part of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project. The delay will not affect the length of the closure, and the new and improved station is expected to reopen in fall of 2020. Other transit options are available for riders that use the Hillsdale Station. The SamTrans ECR comes down El Camino Real approximately every 15 minutes, and Belmont/Hillsdale shuttle service will be available during commute hours. Caltrain will also provide alternative route maps for riders that wish to connect to other stations as the closure date draws closer. The new Hillsdale Station will be located at East 28th Avenue and will feature a more convenient center-boarding platform, additional improved shelters and more amenities than the old station. Upon completion of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project in spring of 2021, pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers will enjoy a safer, and more accessible, east-west connection in San Mateo. This vision for the Peninsula city dates back to 1999 and includes proposed traffic calming measures on both 28th and 31st Avenues. In 2017, construction started on the 25th Grade Separation Project, a collaboration with the City of San Mateo to make improvements to safety, traffic flow and to reduce train noise. A virtual town hall and in-person community meeting will be held prior to the temporary closure, and updates will be provided as it approaches. Riders are encouraged to stay informed by signing up for updates at www.caltrain.com/HillsdaleTempClosure. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/e2339c35-0d26-4afc-b6c3-de1a5ed55d50 <a href="/news/caltrain-delivers-warriors-fans-chase-center" hreflang="en">Caltrain Delivers Warriors Fans to Chase Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-delivers-warriors-fans-chase-center   The Golden State Warriors have a new home at the Chase Center, and Caltrain is ready to drop fans off at their doorstep. They’ll face off against the Los Angeles Clippers for their home opener game at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24. Fans can take Caltrain to the San Francisco Station, where they can walk less than a mile to Chase Center or transfer to Muni Light Rail, which is free with a Warriors ticket. Following the game, Caltrain’s last train departs from the San Francisco Station at 12:05 a.m. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the Caltrain mobile app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3d8e3e3c-8302-4ccc-8678-90b724df5b82 <a href="/news/caltrain-partners-project-529-promote-bike-registration-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain Partners with Project 529 to Promote Bike Registration</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-partners-project-529-promote-bike-registration-0   Caltrain Rail Operations and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department are holding more outreach events to encourage bike riders to register their bikes in partnership with Project 529. This app-based system allows bike owners to input identifying information about their bike and report theft. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department, which contracts with Caltrain to serve as the agency’s Transit Police unit, has access to the 529 database for both Caltrain and several other bike communities already registered with the program in the event that a bike is reported stolen in the area. To promote the program, Caltrain is hosting four more free bike registration days: San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station Tuesday, October 15, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Hillsdale Caltrain Station Tuesday, October 15, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mountain View Caltrain Station Wednesday, October 16, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. San Francisco Caltrain StationThursday, October 17, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Caltrain riders who use a bicycle are encouraged to take advantage of these events and help deter theft. In addition to the digital registry, the program offers shield stickers, which indicate the bike’s secure registration and help deter theft. The first 500 people, per location, to register their bike will receive a free shield sticker. To download the app or learn more, visit www.Project529.com/Caltrain. ###         About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/1beac74d-1d53-4850-a3cd-89ab1431f573 <a href="/news/caltrain-experiences-unexpected-outage-morgan-hill-station" hreflang="en">Caltrain Experiences Unexpected Outage at Morgan Hill Station</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-experiences-unexpected-outage-morgan-hill-station   The Morgan Hill Caltrain Station lost power at approximately 7:30 a.m. today due to PG&amp;E’s Public Safety Power Outage. Original information provided by PG&amp;E indicating that the station would not be affected by the outage was inaccurate. It is not clear at this time when power will return. Caltrain apologizes to its riders for any resulting inconvenience. Normal rail operations will continue without interruption throughout the system. Riders traveling to Morgan Hill this evening should use ticket vending machines at their origin station as they normally would. Riders using Clipper cards will not be able to tag off at the station’s Clipper card readers. Instead, Caltrain will have staff on hand at the station with battery-operated Clipper card readers to assist passengers in tagging off. If outages unexpectedly impact other stations and riders are unable to purchase a ticket or tag on, they are advised to inform their conductor. If riders have any questions about this outage, please call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/372c1b6c-e0f8-4613-b776-b9df1e85ac39 <a href="/news/make-caltrain-part-your-trip-fleet-week-san-francisco-0" hreflang="en">Make Caltrain Part of Your Trip to Fleet Week in San Francisco</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/make-caltrain-part-your-trip-fleet-week-san-francisco-0   Spectators can use Caltrain to “fly” up to San Francisco for Fleet Week festivities on the city’s waterfront this week. The festivities, which includes a spectacular performance by the Blue Angels this weekend, began on Monday and will continue through October 14. Air shows will take place beginning at noon to 4 p.m. this weekend. In addition to regular weekend service, Caltrain will operate one extra northbound express train on Saturday and Sunday, which departs from the San Jose Diridon Station at 9:41 a.m. and arrives at the San Francisco Station at 10:45 a.m. Following the air show, Caltrain will provide extra post-event service as needed in addition to the regular weekend schedule. Extra service trains will make all weekend local stops. Upon arrival at Caltrain’s San Francisco Station, passengers can transfer to Muni’s 30-Stockton bus for a connection to the Marina Green, where most of the week’s festivities will take place. Muni’s E-Embarcadero historic streetcar line is an option as well, as it runs from the San Francisco Caltrain Station to Fisherman’s Wharf. San Francisco’s Fleet Week includes a parade of naval ships, tours of vessels, and, of course, aerial shows from the world famous Blue Angels flight exhibition team. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Caltrain reminds customers to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/d43708a3-38b9-4c31-9a09-50a56d9d4f64 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-post-event-service-logic-concert-chase-center" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Post-Event Service for Logic Concert at Chase Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-post-event-service-logic-concert-chase-center   This Sunday, October 13, Grammy-nominated rap artist Logic is bringing his Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Tour to Chase Center, featuring J.I.D. and YBN Cordae. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, in addition to its regular weekend schedule, Caltrain will operate one special southbound train after the concert, which departs San Francisco Station at 12:05 a.m., making all local weekend stops to San Jose. Concert attendees can ride Caltrain to the San Francisco Station and either walk 15-20 minutes or transfer to the Muni T-Third line for service to/from Chase Center. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/fd2fd00d-75ae-4ae0-a326-f4cf3e0fb133 <a href="/news/pge-public-safety-power-shutoff-not-expected-impact-caltrain-samtrans-operations" hreflang="en">PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff not Expected to Impact Caltrain & SamTrans Operations</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/pge-public-safety-power-shutoff-not-expected-impact-caltrain-samtrans-operations   Caltrain and SamTrans will continue to operate during PG&amp;E’s Public Safety Power Outage. The utility company has informed the District that planned outages should not affect SamTrans facilities, Caltrain service or train station operations. The District will be in close contact with PG&amp;E, and will provide more information as needed if conditions change. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or assistance planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.Caltrain.com. For more information about SamTrans schedules and fares or assistance planning your trip, call SamTrans Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.SamTrans.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/fca7960f-b584-469f-8a8d-2df318461141 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-sunnyvale-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on Electrification in Sunnyvale</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-sunnyvale-0   Caltrain will host a community meeting to discuss the continued construction activities for the Caltrain Electrification project in Sunnyvale. In the coming months, crews will continue foundation installation and begin the installation of poles along the rail corridor in Sunnyvale. In addition, work continues on the Paralleling Station facility near the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project, including the scope and schedule of upcoming construction activities.   Sunnyvale Community Meeting: Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Washington Park, 840 West Washington Avenue Sunnyvale, CA The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service and minimize long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. For more information, visit www.CalMod.org. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/7ed2f6eb-9230-417b-831a-dc3439df6e6f <a href="/news/caltrain-and-city-san-mateo-hold-public-meeting-set-out-track-replacement" hreflang="en">Caltrain and The City of San Mateo to Hold Public Meeting on Set-Out Track Replacement</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-and-city-san-mateo-hold-public-meeting-set-out-track-replacement   Caltrain and The City of San Mateo will host a community meeting on Tuesday, October 8, to discuss and collect feedback on the replacement San Mateo Set-Out Track. San Mateo Set-Out Track Community Meeting:October 8, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.San Mateo City Hall330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo The options under consideration are the result of a feasibility assessment by both Caltrain and city leadership following a public meeting on the matter in June. Staff reviewed 28 different options, including options suggested by local residents. The following feasible options are being considered: Relocate the set-out track just north of the Hayward Park Station, where the majority of the area is zoned for commercial use. Keep the set-out track where it is and provide significant screening such as vegetation and/or a wall. A "set-out track" is a temporary storage space for train equipment. Unlike a maintenance yard, set-out tracks are located throughout the corridor and allow for efficient use of limited work windows to keep the railroad functioning properly while also supporting capital projects. Caltrain only has one maintenance yard which is a large complex operation and facility that is located in San Jose. An existing San Mateo Set-Out Track was removed to accommodate construction of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation. Since then, maintenance has either been deferred or done at a higher cost while Caltrain awaits a replacement track. The previous San Mateo Set-Out Track had been in use by Caltrain for 25 years. To sign up for project updates or for more information, please visit www.caltrain.com/SM_Set-OutTrack. For questions about the project, please call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 or email construction@caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/2004520c-0cf5-4c4f-abfe-1c2fd3fd12cf <a href="/news/caltrain-board-signs-business-plan-service-vision" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Signs Off on Business Plan Service Vision</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-signs-business-plan-service-vision Caltrain’s Board of Directors voted to adopt a long term 2040 Service Vision today, defining an ambitious plan for growing service over the next 20-plus years. The Caltrain Business Plan’s 2040 Service Vision sets a target for the railroad that ensures Caltrain can continue to meet the growing mobility needs of the region while making the best use of the many projects and investments planned and under construction along the corridor. Under the 2040 Service Vision, Caltrain service would evolve to look very different from what the railroad operates today.  Caltrain currently operates five trains per hour during peak commute times, and over the last 15 years, ridership has more than doubled to nearly 65,000 daily riders. The 2040 Service Vision calls for fast and frequent service to be the standard on the line every day, all day. Service during peak hours would grow to a minimum of eight trains per direction per hour, with all day express service every 15 minutes, and increased off-peak and weekend services. The vision would also expand the corridor’s capacity by an additional four trains per hour in each direction to connect Peninsula communities with statewide high-speed rail service. The vision also includes end-to-end, electrified service from Gilroy to the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco, with four trains per hour, per direction between Blossom Hill and Tamien Stations; and two trains per hour, per direction between Gilroy and Blossom Hill Stations.  By 2040, this increased service, frequency, and longer trains, would allow ridership to almost triple to 180,000 daily riders. Ridership growth of this magnitude would eliminate 825,000 car trips and 110 metric tons of carbon emissions every day, and would put an estimated 5.5 lanes worth of commuter traffic onto Caltrain instead of the region’s highways. Caltrain’s 2040 Service Vision also prepares the railroad to expand and integrate into a regional rail network that includes the planned extension to the Salesforce Transit Center in Downtown San Francisco, integration with a potential renewed rail service across the Dumbarton Bridge and the rebuilding of Diridon Station in San Jose. In additional to preparing Caltrain for a future shared corridor with high speed rail, the vision also acknowledges that a number of adjacent and connecting systems are engaged in long term planning of their own. In recognition of opportunities presented by a second Transbay crossing, expanded service to Monterey County, and the potential growth of Altamont Corridor Express and Capital Corridor services, the vision also includes a commitment to work with the region to better define and be prepared for even higher levels of service on the corridor, and to work with the Board to periodically reaffirm the vision as needed. Caltrain intends to accomplish these goals through incremental development of corridor projects and infrastructure, including an improved signal system, station modifications such as platform lengthening and level boarding, improved maintenance and storage facilities, and a series of short, 4-track stations that allow express trains to overtake locals. The 2040 Service Vision is possible thanks to Caltrain’s ongoing work to transition the service from diesel operations to high-performance electric trains. In 2017, Caltrain secured full funding to complete the electrification of the Caltrain corridor. Electrification is under way and will be complete by 2022. For more information, visit https://www.caltrain2040.org/. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/c3509a03-bb11-4950-83c7-9c2a3faa09cb <a href="/news/caltrain-adjusts-gilroy-service" hreflang="en">Caltrain Adjusts Gilroy Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-adjusts-gilroy-service   Caltrain, in collaboration with the communities of Gilroy, Morgan Hill, and San Jose, as well as representatives from VTA and Santa Clara County, have been working on plans to improve service on the Caltrain corridor between San Jose and Gilroy.  In the near term, Caltrain is adjusting Gilroy Service this fall. Effective Monday, October 7, Caltrain will adjust its southbound Gilroy service based on feedback provided by South Santa Clara County riders in a survey conducted last April that indicated their preference to have an earlier train between the first two trains. Train 262 will provide service to all stations from Tamien Station to Gilroy Station. Train 262 will also stop at Lawrence Station. Train 274 will no longer serve stations south of Tamien Station and will terminate at Tamien station. The last train to stations south of Tamien station will be Train 268. Northbound service from Gilroy will remain unchanged. The new timetable is available at www.caltrain.com/GilroyService. Ridership out of stations south of Tamien (Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Blossom Hill and Capitol stations) has been steadily growing since 2010, averaging 750 riders per mid-weekday in the 2019 Annual Passenger Count. In 2021, Caltrain plans to use Measure B funds to add a fourth round trip weekday train to the Gilroy service line. To ensure the 2021 implementation date is achieved, major actions need to take place, including rebuilding several locomotives and working with VTA to appropriate operating funding.                                                            ###                             About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/2f256ee6-8719-4bc7-a86b-8aec775c26e9 <a href="/news/san-mateo-county-transit-district-launches-podcast" hreflang="en">San Mateo County Transit District Launches Podcast</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/san-mateo-county-transit-district-launches-podcast   The San Mateo County Transit District has debuted Wheel Talk, the official podcast of the agency. With a monthly release schedule, the podcast will address policy issues affecting SamTrans, Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. Hosted by Public Affairs Specialists Alex Eisenhart and Dan Lieberman, Wheel Talk will provide an in-depth look into the inner workings of the three agencies, offering a greater degree of insight into the operations and developments of the District than was otherwise easily accessible. “Communicating with our customers and the general public about efforts to improve transportation in our region has always been a top priority for the District,” said the Transit District’s Chief Communications Officer, Seamus Murphy. “Major transportation and transit improvements are underway on the Peninsula, and we hope Wheel Talk provides an informative, engaging channel to learn about the work we do to keep our community moving.” In recognition of Rail Safety Month, the first episode features Caltrain’s Deputy Director of Infrastructure Rob Scarpino and California Operation Lifesaver’s Executive Director Nancy Sheehan. The discussion focuses on safety improvements to Caltrain’s right-of-way and the public information effort around rail safety. The podcast can be found at www.peninsulamoves.org/wheeltalk and at most podcast directories in the coming weeks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher, iHeart Radio and TuneIn. The next episode, which will focus on the benefits of San Mateo County’s Measure W, will be released in October. ### About the San Mateo County Transit District: The San Mateo County Transit District operates 70 SamTrans routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The San Mateo County Transit District has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.  fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3b9adbd7-0e26-4944-9198-7bb4778f18f5 <a href="/news/bite-your-thumb-traffic-take-caltrain-romeo-and-juliet-oracle-park" hreflang="en">Bite Your Thumb at Traffic, Take Caltrain to Romeo and Juliet at Oracle Park</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/bite-your-thumb-traffic-take-caltrain-romeo-and-juliet-oracle-park   Romeo and Juliet take to the big screen at Oracle Park on Saturday, September 21, and Caltrain will provide special service to accommodate everyone who wishes to enjoy the works of the Bard while eating garlic fries. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the simulcast of the performance at the War Memorial Opera House begins at 7:30 p.m. Caltrain will run two extra pre-performance local trains that will depart San Jose Diridon Station at 3:15 p.m. and 5:08 p.m. The 613 will make all local weekend stops while the 619 will run express service to the San Francisco Station. Caltrain will also run two post-performance trains that depart San Francisco approximately 15 and 25 minutes after the show, or when full. These trains will provide express southbound service to the Millbrae Station before making all weekend local stops to San Jose Diridon. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the Caltrain mobile app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                            ###                             About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/4ddc7219-52dd-41c0-8b85-d0c99f0430d8 <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-special-service-levisr-stadium-49ers-football-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Special Service to Levi’s® Stadium for 49ers Football</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-special-service-levisr-stadium-49ers-football-0   Are you ready for some football? If the answer is yes, then Caltrain remains the best way for 49ers fans to get to Levi’s Stadium. Kickoff for the first regular home opener of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers is set for this Sunday, September 22, at 1:25 p.m. In addition to its regular weekend schedule, Caltrain will provide one additional southbound pre-game express train to the Mountain View Station, which departs from the San Francisco Station at 10:45 a.m. The extra express train will make stops at Millbrae, San Mateo, Hillsdale, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose Diridon Stations. From the Mountain View Station, fans will be able to board Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail for continuing service to the stadium. Following the game on Sunday, Caltrain will operate a special northbound train, which will depart the Mountain View Station approximately 75 minutes after the game, or when full. That train will make all local stops to San Francisco, including the Atherton and Broadway stations. Additional details about service on 49ers’ game days can be found here. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to use the convenient Caltrain Mobile ticketing app to purchase an Adult Joint Caltrain + VTA Day Pass, which is valid on both transit providers until end of service. Tickets bought on the mobile app are valid upon purchase and cannot be stored for a future date. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold on board trains and can be purchased at ticket machines at the stations. Caltrain riders with a Clipper Caltrain Monthly Pass (adults with 2 or more zones and Eligible Discount with any zone) receive a free transfer to VTA local and light rail. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that alcohol is not allowed onboard beginning at 9 p.m. Food and beverage aren’t allowed on VTA. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines. Caltrain paid parking rules are enforced all day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/fd6bfc98-3959-4f4b-aa19-9d7e11929965 <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-saturday-1" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Service to Stanford this Saturday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-saturday-1   College football season is in full swing with the Stanford Cardinals taking on the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, September 21, at 4 p.m. Cardinal and Ducks fans alike can count on Caltrain to deliver them to and from Stanford Stadium for the game. Caltrain is providing both pre-game and post-game service to and from the Stanford Stadium Station for all weekend Cardinal home games this season. Fans can find more train service details for the entire season on Caltrain’s website. Please be advised that there are no ticket machines at the Stanford Stadium Station. Riders are advised to purchase a Caltrain Day Pass at their departure station or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app before boarding the train to the game. Caltrain will have staff with Clipper Card readers at the Stanford Stadium Station, so fans using Clipper can still tag on and off. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are not allowed onboard beginning at 9 p.m. For additional information about train service and fares, call Caltrain at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448), or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3a94abf0-e87d-4d94-804d-a57cebc0e4a7 <a href="/news/caltrain-seeks-representatives-bicycle-advisory-committee-2" hreflang="en">Caltrain Seeks Representatives for Bicycle Advisory Committee</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-seeks-representatives-bicycle-advisory-committee-2   Caltrain is seeking people who live or work in San Mateo County to apply for its Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), which serves as the primary venue for the interests and perspectives of bicyclists to be integrated into Caltrain planning processes. The committee is comprised of nine volunteer members from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. One member from each county represents a public agency staff member, a bicycle advocacy organization member and a Caltrain bike passenger from the general public who uses a bicycle or bike share. Currently, the committee is seeking applications for the San Mateo County general public member and bike organization representative. Applications are due Friday, October 18, and are available at www.caltrain.com/BAC or by calling 650.508.6391. The BAC meets every other month at 5:45 p.m. in San Carlos, just one block from the San Carlos Caltrain Station. All meetings are open to the public. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/8218198f-9f48-4f65-b25d-d26fb2c2a938 <a href="/news/caltrain-project-hits-milestone-rail-bridge-goes-28th-avenue" hreflang="en">Caltrain Project Hits Milestone as Rail Bridge Goes Up at 28th Avenue</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-project-hits-milestone-rail-bridge-goes-28th-avenue   Caltrain has erected the rail bridge at 28th Avenue in San Mateo, marking the second rail bridge to go in this summer on the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project. In July, Caltrain installed the rail bridge over 25th Avenue. The $180 million safety improvement project is now gearing up for its third and final rail bridge across 31st Avenue in the coming weeks. Work continues on the construction of Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) walls that will hold up the tracks between bridges. Upon completion of the project in 2021, pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers will enjoy a safer, and more accessible, east-west connection in San Mateo. It’s a vision for the Peninsula city that dates back to 1999 and includes recently proposed traffic calming measures on both 28th and 31st Avenues. In 2017, construction started on the 25th Grade Separation Project, a collaboration with the City of San Mateo to make improvements to safety, traffic flow and to reduce train noise. In addition, the project will result in a new, modernized Hillsdale Station that is scheduled to open in 2020. For the safety of riders, the project will close the existing Hillsdale Station later this year while it builds the upgraded Hillsdale Station. Bullet train service will move to Belmont in the interim, while regular schedules will continue at both downtown San Mateo and Hayward Park stations. Caltrain is working with its partners to provide free bus and commuter-hour shuttle service between Hillsdale and Belmont during the six-month closure. Existing bus routes will also be enhanced to accommodate the closure. Residents are encouraged to stay informed by bookmarking www.caltrain.com/25thGS where they can also register for weekly construction emails.   The project, funded by a combination of city, state, High-Speed Rail Authority and San Mateo County Measure A funds, is estimated to cost $180 million. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/e8e25b61-99b3-43cf-9551-b2bd3a7c879a <a href="/news/caltrain-lives-every-week-its-shark-week" hreflang="en">Caltrain Lives Every Week Like its Shark Week</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-lives-every-week-its-shark-week   Tuesday, September 17, the San Jose Sharks take to the ice for their first game of the preseason against the Anaheim Ducks. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. at the SAP Center, and there is no better way to get to see the action live than Caltrain. Caltrain’s weekday schedule includes plenty of trains that will arrive in San Jose for the game. The last train departs San Jose Diridon station at 10:30 p.m. or 15 minutes after the game ends but departs no later than 10:45 p.m. The train makes all regular local stops. Trains will stop at the Broadway and Atherton stations on weekends only. More information about Caltrain’s service for Sharks’ games is available here. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Tickets bought on the mobile app are valid as soon as they are purchased and cannot be stored for a future date. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that alcohol is not allowed on game-day trains beginning at 9 p.m. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.   Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.  fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3aa16f19-b4bd-4ffe-814e-b9293fa97a43 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-post-event-service-elton-john-concert-chase-center" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Post-Event Service for Elton John Concert at Chase Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-post-event-service-elton-john-concert-chase-center   This Friday and Sunday, September 13 and 15, Elton John is bringing his Farewell Yellow Brock Road Tour to Chase Center celebrating his more than five-decade pop music legacy. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. on both nights. On Friday, Caltrain will operate its regular weekday schedule, which has the last train departing from San Francisco after the concert at 12:05 a.m., making all local weekday stops to San Jose. On Sunday, in addition to its regular weekend schedule, Caltrain will operate one special southbound train after the concert, which departs San Francisco Station at 12:05 a.m., making all local weekend stops to San Jose. Concert attendees can ride Caltrain to the San Francisco Station and either walk 15-20 minutes or transfer to the Muni T-Third line for service to/from Chase Center. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/4c3722d2-cb89-4222-ad70-43ad53676b24 <a href="/news/caltrain-sponsors-bravemaker-film-festival-promote-suicide-prevention" hreflang="en">Caltrain Sponsors BraveMaker Film Festival to Promote Suicide Prevention</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-sponsors-bravemaker-film-festival-promote-suicide-prevention   Caltrain is proudly sponsoring this week’s BraveMaker screening of The Edge of Success at The Fox Theatre in Downtown Redwood City on Thursday, September 12. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. The documentary film examines two clusters of high school student suicides that occurred in Palo Alto over the last decade, some of which tragically took place on Caltrain tracks. Like the film, this event seeks to raise awareness about this important issue and offer hope and resources to the community. The event will include a post-screening panel, featuring the filmmakers Kathryn Basiji and Liza Meak, a mental health professional from StarVista, two local students and a parent as well as Caltrain’s Chief Communications Officer, Seamus Murphy. “While we are first and foremost a public transit agency, we are also committed to working with the communities we serve to help prevent suicides and address underlying causes for these tragedies,” said Murphy. “Through partnerships like this, we hope to help reduce the stigma around mental health, amplify the message that help is available and refer those in crisis to local public health agencies for the support they need.” The Caltrain Board of Directors this month proclaimed September as both Rail Safety and Suicide Prevention Month in collaboration with San Mateo County Behavioral Health &amp; Recovery Services. “We couldn’t ask for a better partner to promote mental health and suicide prevention awareness,” said BraveMaker Founder, Tony Gapastione. “We all need to work together to make our community safer for everyone, especially those most vulnerable and in need of emotional support.” Tickets for the event are can be purchased through Eventbrite. In addition, Caltrain is doing an online giveaway of five pairs of tickets through social media. Staff will also be on site providing rail safety information. Caltrain reminds the public if someone is ever facing a mental health crisis or considering suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255 to provide 24/7, free and confidential support. For more information, visit www.caltrain.com/SuicidePrevention. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/11ce59c6-f813-4771-9fa5-7ef5cbb068cc <a href="/news/caltrain-ridership-decreases-slightly-remains-strong" hreflang="en">Caltrain Ridership Decreases Slightly, Remains Strong</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-ridership-decreases-slightly-remains-strong   Caltrain’s annual ridership count showed a decrease of 2.3 percent for weekday ridership, with an average mid-weekday ridership (AMWR) of approximately 63,597. Initial findings from the annual onboard ridership count show substantial growth compared to 2010 when average weekday ridership (AWR) was at 34,120, or 2004 when AWR was at an all-time low of 23,947 and the Baby Bullet service began. The results of the annual ridership count, given to the Board of Directors at its monthly meeting on Thursday, provides a snapshot of Caltrain that can be used to plan future service improvements, allocate resources to address capacity issues and validate revenue-based ridership estimates. Most riders continue to travel during peak commute hours. There was a 0.5% increase in traditional peak riders (defined as northbound in the morning peak period and southbound in the afternoon peak period) from 34,373 riders in 2018 to 34,552 in 2019.  There was a 5.5% increase in midday riders, 7.2% decrease in reverse peak riders (southbound in the morning peak period and northbound in the afternoon peak period) and 16.4% decrease in evening riders. Ridership is up at 11 stations and down at 18. The 10 most popular train stations are San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose Diridon, Mountain View, Redwood City, Hillsdale, Sunnyvale, Millbrae, San Mateo and 22nd Street. Results show that bike ridership decreased by 7% this year, with 5,506 riders bringing bikes on Caltrain on an average mid-weekday. For the eighth year, Caltrain counted the number of bike riders that were not able to board the train due to overcrowding.  There was a slight decrease in bikes bumped with 1.5 riders bumped per 1,000 bikes boarded versus 1.6 in 2018. This physical head count of riders is typically conducted in January and February when there are fewer holidays and special events that could skew ridership numbers. Trains were surveyed twice each on two mid-weekdays. Caltrain will continue to analyze the data in order to maximize the efficiency of the system.  Future service planning also requires use of ridership data to develop potential service scenarios to improve capacity pre- and post-electrification. The entirety of the 2019 Annual Count Key Findings Report will be uploaded to https://www.caltrain.com/about/statsandreports/Ridership.html later this year. ###  About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/6589b85d-ed94-4346-a9d4-06fedece52df <a href="/news/caltrain-board-proclaims-september-rail-safety-suicide-prevention-month" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Proclaims September Rail Safety & Suicide Prevention Month</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-proclaims-september-rail-safety-suicide-prevention-month   For most people living and working along the rail corridor, the sight of Caltrain operating daily service up and down the Peninsula is commonplace. However, complacency around a heavy commuter train and relatively open access to the rails often leads to tragedy. To highlight the importance of safety around train tracks and the high rate of intentional deaths on the rails, the Caltrain Board adopted a proclamation designating September as both Railroad Safety Month and Suicide Prevention Month during its monthly meeting. “At Caltrain, safety is always our number one priority and that commitment extends far beyond the month of September, with a year-round emphasis on safety around trains and train tracks,” said Gillian Gillett, Chair of the Caltrain Board of Directors. “We are also painfully reminded by the individuals who all too frequently take their own lives on the tracks that mental health is often an important factor in these tragedies.” The rail agency addresses safety through a comprehensive, ongoing program that focuses on the “Three E’s” of railroad safety – Education, Engineering and Enforcement. Caltrain has also historically collaborated with suicide prevention agencies to prevent intentional deaths on the rails by posting crisis hotline signage at points all along the corridor and collaborating with the San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Committee. For the last 15 years, Caltrain has planned or participated in an annual rail safety event in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver, an international model program for rail safety.  Since 2009, California Operation Lifesaver has declared September as Rail Safety Month. As one of the nonprofit organization’s community partners, Caltrain joins in their efforts to promote rail safety initiatives. This year, Caltrain will be promoting rail safety awareness at Facebook Festivals in Menlo Park on Saturday, September 21. As a community outreach effort, staff will have a booth set-up at this event with educational materials and giveaways to promote rail safety. On Thursday, September 12, Caltrain is also co-sponsoring the BraveMaker film screening of The Edge of Success, which documents the tragic string of suicides among high school students in Palo Alto over the last decade. The event will take place at the Fox Theatre in Downtown Redwood City. Doors open at 6 p.m. with free refreshments and the screening begins at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion. Throughout the month of September, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Transit Police Bureau will continue to conduct strategic enforcement at various grade crossing throughout the corridor. The Transit Police Bureau developed the High-Intensity Strategic Enforcement Program (HISEP) to target locations where people may engage in unsafe behavior, such as trespassing along the rail line and walking around lowered gates at stations or grade crossings. The Sheriff’s Office Transit Police Bureau is committed to its role as a safety advocate. Officers will continue raising public awareness in an effort to end tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at grade crossing and on the right-of-way. In addition, Caltrain has created a new series of rail safety public service announcements entitled Caltrain Safe w/ Kari Byron. The videos feature former MythBusters host and Bay Area native, Kari Byron, who is also hosting the upcoming educational travel series, Crash Test World. To be a part of the conversation during Rail Safety Month, passengers and local residents can pick a favorite safety tip and share it on social media with #CaltrainSafe. Examples of tips:   If you encounter an emergency on Caltrain or see something suspicious, call the Transit Police at 1.877.SAF.RAIL (1.877.723.7245). A typical Caltrain train can take nearly a mile to stop, even when emergency brakes are applied. It is never safe to stop closer than 15 feet from the rails, and a train is at least three feet wider than tracks on both sides. Only cross Caltrain tracks at designated crossings when it is safe to do so. While it might not be the quickest route, it is the safest. For more information, visit www.caltrain.com/railsafety. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available.   Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ad6804ae-005b-452b-90a2-bf6d40460d9c <a href="/news/caltrain-board-approves-fare-changes" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Approves Fare Changes</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-approves-fare-changes   The Caltrain Board of Directors adopted changes to the agency’s fares that will provide low income rides with discounted fares and will generate additional revenue to help support the system’s operating and maintenance needs over the next few years. Caltrain is the only transit system in the region without a dedicated funding source to support its operations. Projections for the coming years anticipate that contributions from Caltrain’s member agencies will remain flat and indicate that the agency will require additional revenue to offset costs associated with the operation of new federally-mandated safety systems. The fare changes will generate nearly $25 million over the next three years to support these needs. The changes allow Caltrain to participate in a Regional Means Based Fare Pilot Program currently scheduled to begin in early 2020. By participating in this regional program, Caltrain will be able to offer eligible participants a 20% discount on single-ride adult Clipper Card fares. The changes also include a 20% increase to the price of the Go Pass that will become effective on January 1, 2020, with a 5% increase to follow every two years on January 1. Clipper discounts for one-way fares and monthly passes will also be reduced by 30 cents on April 1, 2020. The Caltrain Go Pass program allows companies, educational institutions and residential complexes to purchase annual unlimited-ride passes for all eligible employees, residents or students Additionally, there will be regular incremental fare increases every two years, with a 50 cent increase to the base fare scheduled for July 2020, a 25 cent increase to the zone fare scheduled for July 2022 and a 50 cent increase to the base fare scheduled for July 2024. Caltrain is exploring options to create a dedicated revenue source in 2020 to help fund options for expanded service being evaluated in the Caltrain Business Plan. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/119ebc15-65ea-4901-83b2-65fb99a6fdd0 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-post-event-service-metallica-concert-chase-center" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Post-Event Service for Metallica Concert at Chase Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-post-event-service-metallica-concert-chase-center   This Friday and Sunday, September 6 and 8, Metallica and San Francisco Symphony are kicking off the Chase Center’s grand opening with a concert celebrating the 20-year anniversary of their historic joint performance of the band’s 1999 S&amp;M album. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. on both nights. On Friday, Caltrain will operate its regular weekday schedule, which has the last train departing from San Francisco after the concert at 12:05 a.m., making all local weekday stops to San Jose. On Sunday, in addition to its regular weekend schedule, Caltrain will operate one special southbound train after the concert, which departs San Francisco Station at 12:05 a.m., making all local weekend stops to San Jose. Concert attendees can ride Caltrain to the San Francisco Station and either walk 15-20 minutes or transfer to the Muni T-Third line for service to/from Chase Center. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/eb67ec86-34e5-4dd1-86fd-c31bcd942bb2 <a href="/news/caltrain-and-samtrans-will-operate-sunday-schedule-labor-day" hreflang="en">Caltrain and SamTrans will Operate a Sunday Schedule for Labor Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-and-samtrans-will-operate-sunday-schedule-labor-day   Caltrain and SamTrans will operate a Sunday schedule for Labor Day on Monday, September 2.  Caltrain service will not operate south of the Diridon Station, but a shuttle bus will be available between Tamien and Diridon Stations. The last southbound train of the day will leave from San Francisco Station at 9:37 p.m. and the last northbound train of the day will depart San Jose Diridon Station at 10:08 p.m. SamTrans Sunday bus service is less frequent than the weekday schedule and does not serve schools or routes that do not operate on normal Sundays. Passengers should consult the timetables of their regular bus lines to get information on Sunday schedules. To plan a trip, passengers can call the Customer Service Center at 1-800-660-4287 or visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans, will be closed on Labor Day. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter.     Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/c53be706-14af-45a6-a2ad-5cb89c29e586 <a href="/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-saturday-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain Runs Service to Stanford This Saturday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-runs-service-stanford-saturday-0   Stanford football is back, and Cardinal fans can count on Caltrain to deliver them to Stanford Station to make it to their season opener on Saturday, August 31. Caltrain will be providing service to the Stanford Stadium station for all weekend Cardinal home games this season. Cardinal fans can find more train service details here for the entire season. There are no ticket machines at the Stanford station. Riders are advised to purchase a Caltrain Day Pass at their departure station or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app before boarding the train to the game. Caltrain will have staff with Clipper card readers at the Stanford Stadium station, so fans using Clipper can tag on and off. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are not allowed on game day trains beginning at 9 p.m. For additional information about train service and fares, call Caltrain at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448), or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0877e13d-eb96-4eea-8565-23b672462145 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-glimpse-future-electric-fleet-model-train-roadshow" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Glimpse of Future Electric Fleet with Model Train Roadshow</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-glimpse-future-electric-fleet-model-train-roadshow   Starting this week, Caltrain staff will be displaying a miniature model of its future electric trains set to begin service in 2022. This new outreach effort aims to provide information about electrification and raise additional awareness around the benefits of Caltrain’s modernization projects. The first roadshow event is taking place from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. this Thursday, August 29, at the San Francisco Station. The to-scale replica train roadshow will take place at locations along the corridor, including local libraries, museums and festivals. Caltrain’s social media followers will be given clues as to where the roadshow will happen next. More information about the travelling roadshow can be found on the Caltrain Modernization website at www.CalMod.org/Roadshow. On-site staff at the station events will also provide information on the Caltrain Business Plan and offer riders a chance to give feedback on its recently drafted Service Vision. The selection of the Long Range Service Vision is an important interim step towards the completion of the Business Plan. Visit www.Caltrain2040.org to learn more about the Service Vision, which includes: Increased all-day Service Frequency Increased Ridership and Capacity Environmental benefits Better transfers to connecting services Benefits to riders and the region ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/16242ae1-5223-4cf9-9422-61d9e7002b5e <a href="/news/city-san-bruno-and-caltrain-hold-public-meeting-potential-scott-street-grade-separation" hreflang="en">The City of San Bruno and Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on Potential Scott Street Grade Separation</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/city-san-bruno-and-caltrain-hold-public-meeting-potential-scott-street-grade-separation   The City of San Bruno and Caltrain will host a community meeting on Wednesday, August 28, to discuss options on how to achieve a potential grade separation at Scott Street in San Bruno. Options for consideration include creating a bicycle/pedestrian grade separation that would close the street to automobiles, creating an automobile grade separation or leaving the street as an at-grade crossing. When Caltrain launches its electrified service, the increased frequency of trains will pose increased traffic and safety concerns to cities with at-grade crossings. Additionally, the Caltrain Business Plan is exploring further increases in the number of trains that would travel through the corridor.  Grade separations improve safety and rail operations by separating the tracks from cross traffic and preventing access to the tracks. Currently, the project is in the early planning stages at the city level, and this meeting offers an opportunity for the public to provide their feedback on the options. Scott Street Community Meeting: August 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. American Legion Hall 757 San Mateo Avenue, San Bruno  Due to limited parking at the meeting venue and the surrounding neighborhood, Caltrain has agreed to provide free parking from 5:30-9:00 p.m. at the San Bruno Caltrain parking lot nearby. Since Caltrain is conducting this grade separation in conjunction with the City of San Bruno, Caltrain has agreed to a one-time only suspension of the parking fee for this event. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/a964d1cd-6ad1-4344-9f41-ace834aebda4 <a href="/news/caltrain-partners-project-529-promote-bike-registration" hreflang="en">Caltrain Partners with Project 529 to Promote Bike Registration</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-partners-project-529-promote-bike-registration   Caltrain Rail Operations and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department are encouraging bike riders to register their bikes in partnership with Project 529. This app-based system allows bike owners to input identifying information about their bike and report theft. San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department, which contracts with Caltrain to serve as the agency’s Transit Police unit, has access to the 529 database for both Caltrain and several other bike communities already registered with the program in the event that a bike is reported stolen in the area. To promote the program, Caltrain is hosting three free bike registration days: Palo Alto Caltrain Station Tuesday, August 20, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Redwood City Caltrain Station Wednesday, August 21, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. San Francisco Caltrain Station Thursday, August 22, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Caltrain riders who use a bicycle are encouraged to take advantage of these events and help deter theft. In addition to the digital registry, the program offers shield stickers, which indicate the bike’s secure registration and help deter theft. The first 500 people, per location, to register their bike will receive a free shield sticker. “On Caltrain, Transit Police frequently locate and recover bikes, however enforcement becomes challenging in the absence of registration information to verify ownership,” said Lieutenant Victoria O’Brien. “This partnership with Project 529 adds an additional layer of security for Caltrain riders who use a bicycle.” To download the app or learn more, visit www.Project529.com/Caltrain.                                                            ###                         About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/e0a120fa-d2cf-49d5-ba6f-9905fa881798 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-post-event-service-rolling-stones-concert-levis-stadium" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Post-Event Service for The Rolling Stones Concert at Levi’s Stadium</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-post-event-service-rolling-stones-concert-levis-stadium   Rock and roll legends, The Rolling Stones, are coming to Levi’s Stadium for their NO FILTER tour on Sunday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m. In addition to its regular Sunday schedule, Caltrain will operate one special northbound train departing Mountain View Station approximately 75 minutes after the concert, or when full, making all weekend local stops to San Francisco in coordination with VTA light rail connecting service. Concert attendees can ride Caltrain to the Mountain View Station and transfer to VTA light rail for service to and from the stadium. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Riders can also purchase a Joint Caltrain+VTA Day Pass on the mobile app or at a ticket machine, which will be valid until end of service. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. Food and beverage aren’t allowed on VTA. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/dad423bd-8bbf-4143-9d22-2cccf299ccbc <a href="/news/caltrain-delivers-fans-49ers-preseason-games-levisr-stadium" hreflang="en">Caltrain Delivers Fans to 49ers’ Preseason Games at Levi’s® Stadium</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-delivers-fans-49ers-preseason-games-levisr-stadium   As the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason approaches, Caltrain remains the fans’ choice for traveling to Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium to see the action in person. Kickoff for the preseason home opener against the Dallas Cowboys takes place Saturday, August 10, at 6 p.m. Caltrain will be operating its regular weekend service along the Peninsula, plus a special southbound express train prior to the game and an additional post-game northbound train. From the Mountain View Caltrain Station, fans will be able to transfer to Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail vehicles to get to the stadium. Following the game on Saturday, Caltrain will operate a special northbound train, which will depart approximately 75 minutes after the game, or when full. That train will make all weekend local stops (including Atherton and Broadway stations) to San Francisco. Additional details about service on 49ers’ game days can be found here. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. In order to avoid the long lines that often accompany major events, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or use the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. On game day, riders can also purchase a Joint Caltrain+VTA Day Pass on the mobile app or at a ticket machine that will cover you on Caltrain until the last train and on VTA local buses and light rail until 3 a.m. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that alcohol is not allowed on game-day trains beginning at 9 p.m. Food and beverage aren’t allowed on VTA. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.) ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/4adcf14b-298e-4a24-bcf9-4b3e07981425 <a href="/news/caltrain-holds-hearing-fare-changes" hreflang="en">Caltrain Holds Hearing on Fare Changes</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-holds-hearing-fare-changes   The Caltrain Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at its August Board meeting to discuss potential changes to the agency’s fare structure. The Board invites public comment on the potential changes to the fares in the Codified Tariff at the August 1 hearing. The potential changes that the Board may consider for adoption include an increase to the price of the Go Pass of up to 20% on January 1, 2020, with a 5% increase to follow every two years on January 1. Clipper discounts for one-way fares and monthly passes would also be removed or reduced in January 2020. Other potential changes that the Board may consider for adoption include regular incremental fare increases every two years, with a 50 cent increase to the base fare scheduled for July 2020, a 25 cent increase to the zone fare scheduled for July 2022 and a 50 cent increase to the base fare scheduled for July 2024. The potential fare changes would also formally allow Caltrain to participate in MTC’s Regional Means Based Fare Pilot Program, currently scheduled to begin in early 2020. By participating in this regional program, Caltrain would offer eligible participants a 20% discount on the single-ride adult Clipper Card fares. Additionally, charter trains, parking and bicycle locker fees would be removed from the Codified Tariff. These fees would be placed in a separate document and any changes to the fees or the rules would be brought to the Board in a later process. The Board will have a final vote on the changes to the Tariff at its September meeting. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/aea1966e-83b1-47ca-8388-3a8ae7f88373 <a href="/news/caltrain-host-online-town-hall-hillsdale-station-temporary-closure" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Host Online ‘Town Hall’ on Hillsdale Station Temporary Closure</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-host-online-town-hall-hillsdale-station-temporary-closure   On Wednesday, July 31, from noon to 1 p.m., Caltrain will host a Virtual Town Hall about the temporary closure of Hillsdale Station, set to begin in December. This long-planned stage in the multi-year 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project is a necessary milestone in the progression of this safety effort that will improve rail operations and traffic flow. The town hall will be live-broadcasted, and interactive on Caltrain’s YouTube page, and will include an overview and timeline of the temporary station closure. Registered participants can interact with project staff in a live chat. The 25th Grade Separation Project is a collaboration with the City of San Mateo to make improvements to safety, traffic flow and to reduce train noise. Once completed, the grade separation will allow traffic to pass under the tracks at 25th Avenue, as well as complete east-west connections at 28th and 31st avenues, reducing local traffic congestion and increasing safety for drivers and pedestrians. In addition, the project will result in a new, modernized Hillsdale Station that is scheduled to open in 2020. The project started in October 2017. Construction work has been ongoing since then, including relocation of utilities; the building of bridge abutments and girders; and the installation of mechanically stabilized earth walls. While a majority of the construction activities are taking place during the day, some activities need to be conducted during nights and weekends outside of normal train service hours, due to their close proximity to the railroad tracks. Neighbors may experience construction noise and light during these times and can sign up for a weekly construction notice at www.caltrain.com/25thGS. The project, funded by a combination of city, state, High-Speed Rail Authority and San Mateo County Measure A funds, is estimated to cost $180 million. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/642a2b3c-a9e6-44ec-8b35-0b111cd99f16 <a href="/news/ride-caltrain-41st-annual-gilroy-garlic-festival" hreflang="en">Ride Caltrain to the 41st Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/ride-caltrain-41st-annual-gilroy-garlic-festival   This weekend the 41st Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will welcome foodies from near and far, many of whom can get there aboard Caltrain’s Garlic Train. On Saturday &amp; Sunday, July 27 &amp; 28, this specially chartered train will provide nonstop, roundtrip service between the San Jose Diridon Station and Gilroy Station in addition to a bus shuttle from the station to the festival without the hassle of driving and parking. Garlic Train Service Schedule, July 27-28: 10:00 a.m. – Garlic Train departs San Jose Diridon Station11:00 a.m. – Garlic Train arrives at Gilroy Station; connect to bus shuttle for service to festival grounds3:00 p.m. – Bus shuttles begin return trips from festival grounds to Gilroy Station4:00 p.m. – Garlic Train departs Gilroy Station5:00 p.m. – Garlic Train arrives at San Jose Diridon Station Tickets &amp; Connecting Service: This year, tickets for the Garlic Train include fare for connecting Caltrain service to/from San Jose Diridon Station aboard trains #422, #435 or #803 and bus shuttle service between Gilroy Station and the festival grounds. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.gilroygarlicfestival.com prior to boarding. The Garlic Train is scheduled such that riders wishing to take Caltrain’s weekend service from as far north as San Francisco can connect with the Garlic Train at San Jose Diridon Station. Connecting passengers should take Caltrain’s southbound train #422 to San Jose Diridon Station, which arrives at 9:52 a.m., and transfer to the Garlic Train. For the return trip following the Garlic Train’s arrival at San Jose Diridon station at 5:00 p.m. passengers can transfer to Caltrain’s northbound Baby Bullet train #803 departing at 5:21 p.m. or the northbound local train #435 departing at 5:38 p.m. South Bay residents can get to/from San Jose Diridon via local VTA light rail or bus service. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/733b0e96-a06e-4f0f-aabc-a5e1cd3862ef <a href="/news/caltrains-long-range-vision-comes-view-new-business-plan" hreflang="en">Caltrain’s Long-Range Vision Comes into View with New Business Plan</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrains-long-range-vision-comes-view-new-business-plan Caltrain, the seventh-largest commuter railroad in the country, released its draft Service Vision today for the next 20-plus years of service on the line. During a live YouTube Town Hall event, Caltrain staff highlighted the improvements in service, capacity and connectivity that the plan entails. The draft Caltrain Business Plan 2040 Service Vision aims to ensure that Caltrain can continue to provide the greatest value possible to its riders and the Bay Area well into the future. “This is a vision that ensures Caltrain can continue to be what it has been for so many years: an indispensable resource for the region and our riders,” Hartnett said. “Our long-range vision will improve frequency, sustainability and connectivity, while ensuring that Caltrain continues to add value to communities at every stop along the way.” Hartnett continued, “I am very proud of the work done to get the Business Plan to this point. It has been an expansive, rigorous and challenging process that has required all of us to ask big questions and think critically about the future of the Caltrain corridor.” A vision for the future Under the vision recommended by Caltrain’s professional staff, fast and frequent service would be the standard on the line every day, all day – ensuring riders and communities are able to get where they need to be safely and efficiently. Over the last two decades, Caltrain ridership has more than doubled, and today Caltrain serves nearly 65,000 passengers per day, on average. Over the period of this vision, peak hours would see eight trains per direction per hour, with all day Baby Bullet express service every 15 minutes, and increased off-peak and weekend services. This increased frequency, paired with longer trains, would massively expand capacity to nearly 180,000 riders per day. The plan envisions end-to-end, electrified service from Gilroy to San Francisco all day in both directions, improving connections for communities all along the line. This vision would also ensure that Caltrain is ready to expand and integrate into a regional rail network over the next 20 years including the expected Downtown Extension to the Salesforce Transit Center in Downtown San Francisco, a potential renewed rail corridor across the Dumbarton Bridge and enhancements at Diridon Station in San Jose. It prepares Caltrain for a future shared corridor with High Speed Rail, and considers opportunities presented by a second Transbay crossing, expanded service to the Monterey Peninsula and investments along the Altamont Corridor Express and Capital Corridor services. Meeting the long-term need Critically, today’s plan would put Caltrain in the best position to meet a wide range of eventualities – including a future where ridership grows substantially. It also presents a detailed assessment of Caltrain’s organizational structure and lays out options for how it can evolve to meet the demands of the system. While Caltrain has over 70% farebox recovery and low administrative costs, and is among the nation’s most efficient railroads, this plan also reiterates the ongoing need for a dedicated funding source to help provide the resources needed to sustain and grow operations. In 2017, Caltrain secured full funding to complete the electrification of the Caltrain corridor. Electrification will be complete by 2022, and will provide the foundation for implementation of the 2040 Service Vision. Electrification combined with this vision will help bring more environmentally sustainable commuting to the region, with four million vehicle trips averted each year and an overall reduction of nearly two million metric tons of CO2. The plan and the path forward The draft Service Vision released today is a collaborative effort led by Caltrain with funding and participation from various organizations. Development of the Service Vision is the product of hundreds of hours of meetings with cities, counties, business groups, public agency partners, advocates, and public stakeholders throughout the corridor. Following today’s YouTube Town Hall, the Caltrain Full Board of Directors will next discuss the Business Plan and Long Range Service Vision at their meeting on Thursday, August 1. Once the Caltrain Board adopts a Long Range Service Vision, as early as October 2019, staff will complete the Business Plan by early 2020. For more information, visit https://www.caltrain2040.org/. To view a list of other in-person meeting locations, visit www.Caltrain2040.org/get-involved.   ###   About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/c0cdb448-3d60-47c5-8f41-871dc8e397c3 <a href="/news/caltrain-announce-draft-staff-recommendation-long-term-service-vision-youtube-town-hall" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Announce Draft Staff Recommendation for Long Term Service Vision at YouTube Town Hall</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-announce-draft-staff-recommendation-long-term-service-vision-youtube-town-hall Over the last year, Caltrain has been working to complete the Caltrain Business Plan, a comprehensive plan to meet the region’s 2040 mobility demands by growing Caltrain service. The agency will announce its draft recommended 2040 Service Vision option during a YouTube Town Hall on Monday, July 22.  The selection of the Long Range Service Vision is an important interim step towards the completion of the Business Plan.  Additional work on the plan will occur following the adoption of a Service Vision. The full Business Plan will be completed in early 2020. The presentation on the Long Term Service Vision will include: An evaluation of options for increased service Identification of infrastructure and corresponding investments needed to support that service An analysis of the economic and regional benefits that different service options provide A review of organizational concepts to equip the agency to deliver the overall vision WHAT: Caltrain Business Plan 2040 Draft Recommended Service Vision Announcement WHEN: Monday, July 22 from noon – 2pm WHERE: Caltrain’s YouTube page Over the last two decades, Caltrain ridership has more than doubled, and today Caltrain is the seventh largest commuter railroad in the country. With over 70% farebox recovery and low administrative costs, it’s also the nation’s most efficient railroad. In 2017, Caltrain secured full funding to complete the electrification of the Caltrain corridor. Electrification will be complete by 2022, and will provide the foundation for implementation of the 2040 Service Vision. The Business Plan is a collaborative effort led by Caltrain with funding and participation from various organizations. Development of the draft Service Vision recommendation is the product of hundreds of hours of meetings with cities, counties, business groups, public agency partners, advocates, and public stakeholders throughout the corridor. During the YouTube Town Hall, the public will have an opportunity to review and provide feedback through the live chat on the draft recommended 2040 Service Vision, and the benefits that it will create including: Increased all-day Service Frequency Reduced Travel Times Increased Ridership and Capacity Environmental benefits Better transfers to connecting services Benefits to riders and the region For more information, frequently asked questions, and further resources on the Caltrain Business Plan, visit www.Caltrain2040.org. To view a list of in-person meeting locations, visit www.Caltrain2040.org/get-involved.    ###   About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.       fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/6fbafa7c-9fb6-4fad-9b33-cda3994889f9 <a href="/news/caltrain-proposes-changes-its-codified-tariff" hreflang="en">Caltrain Proposes Changes to its Codified Tariff</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-proposes-changes-its-codified-tariff   The Caltrain Board of Directors authorized a public hearing to take place at its August Board meeting to discuss potential changes to the agency’s Codified Tariff. The Codified Tariff is a legal document that outlines the specific fares for the Caltrain system. At the public hearing in August, the Board will invite public comment on the potential changes to the fares in the Codified Tariff. The Board may consider adopting some or all of the potential changes to the Codified Tariff at its September 2019 meeting. The potential changes that the Board may consider for adoption include an increase to the price of the Go Pass of up to 20% on January 1, 2020, with a 5% increase to follow every two years on January 1. Clipper discounts for one-way fares and monthly passes would also be removed or reduced in January 2020. Other potential changes that the Board may consider for adoption include regular incremental fare increases every two years, with a 50 cent increase to the base fare scheduled for July 2020, a 25 cent increase to the zone fare scheduled for July 2022 and a 50 cent increase to the base fare scheduled for July 2024. The potential changes to the Codified Tariff would also formally allow Caltrain to participate in MTC’s Regional Means Based Fare Pilot Program, currently scheduled to begin in early 2020. By participating in this regional program, Caltrain would offer eligible participants a 20% discount on the single-ride adult Clipper Card fares. Additionally, charter trains, parking and bicycle locker fees would be removed from the Codified Tariff. These fees would be placed in a separate document and any changes to the fees or the rules would be brought to the Board in a later process. In addition to the public hearing, to be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, at Caltrain Headquarters, those wishing to weigh in on the potential changes can attend one of the following public meetings: July 17, 5:40 p.m. Caltrain Citizens Advisory Committee 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos   July 18, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mission Creek Senior Community Center 930 4th Street, San Francisco   July 22, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gardner Community Center 520 West Virginia Street, San Jose   July 24, noon to 1 p.m. Virtual Town Hall   July 24, 12:30 p.m. Caltrain Citizens Accessibility Advisory Committee 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos   July 30, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Redwood City Downtown Library 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City   The public can find more information about the proposed changes at www.caltrain.com/Fares/CaltrainFareChanges.html and submit comments through the online comment form found on that Web page. After the public comment period ends after the August hearing, the Board will have a final vote on the changes to the Tariff at its September meeting. ###   About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0ccebae2-e322-4b78-9f3d-6ab5709af979 <a href="/news/caltrain-seeks-representatives-bicycle-advisory-committee-1" hreflang="en">Caltrain Seeks Representatives for Bicycle Advisory Committee</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-seeks-representatives-bicycle-advisory-committee-1   Caltrain is seeking people who live or work in San Francisco to apply for its Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), which serves as the primary venue for the interests and perspectives of bicyclists to be integrated into the Caltrain planning processes. The committee is comprised of nine volunteer members from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. One member from each county represents a public agency staff member, a bicycle advocacy organization member and a Caltrain bike passenger from the general public who uses a bicycle or bike share. Currently, the committee has an opening for the San Francisco general public member. Applications are due Friday, August 9, and are available at www.caltrain.com/bac or by calling 650.508.6391. The BAC meets every other month at 5:45 p.m. in San Carlos, just one block from the San Carlos Caltrain Station.  All meetings are open to the public. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/8daf109c-ebc4-4c98-a142-db1427b96fe1 <a href="/news/fourth-july-service-caltrain-and-samtrans" hreflang="en">Fourth of July Service for Caltrain and SamTrans</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/fourth-july-service-caltrain-and-samtrans   Caltrain and SamTrans will provide modified service on Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day. Caltrain will operate a holiday schedule in addition to extra post-event late night southbound service following the July 4th fireworks show. Post-event trains will make all local weekend stops from San Francisco to San Jose. Folks planning to attend the festivities in San Francisco can ride Caltrain to the San Francisco Station and connect to Muni for service to the waterfront. The last train departs San Francisco station at 12:05 a.m. SamTrans will operate a regular Sunday schedule. Caltrain and SamTrans will operate a regular weekday schedule on Friday, July 5. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the new Caltrain mobile app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. For schedule and fare information or for help planning your trip, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/af7467e1-5fe3-41e1-b1b3-c8347f082483 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-service-sj-earthquakes-vs-la-galaxy-stanford" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Service to SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy at Stanford</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-service-sj-earthquakes-vs-la-galaxy-stanford   Stanford Stadium hosts an intrastate rivalry this Saturday, June 29, as the San Jose Earthquakes face off against the LA Galaxy, and Caltrain is there to deliver fans to the pitch. The 2019 California Clasico kicks off at 6:30 p.m, and fans looking to avoid traffic can catch Caltrain and ride to the Stanford Station, located right next to Stanford Stadium. Caltrain will operate on its Saturday schedule, with northbound trains 431, 433, 435, 439, 441 and 443 and southbound trains 430, 432, 434, 438 and 440 stopping at the Stanford Station before and after the game. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the new Caltrain mobile app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/17add253-b945-41fe-b72e-743c6e025280 <a href="/news/ride-caltrain-sf-pride-parade-celebration" hreflang="en">Ride Caltrain to SF Pride Parade & Celebration</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/ride-caltrain-sf-pride-parade-celebration   Caltrain is proud to offer extra train service on Sunday morning, June 30, to accommodate crowds heading to the 49th annual San Francisco Pride Parade and Festival. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Beale and Market streets and the festival will take place at Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Caltrain will operate four northbound special event trains departing San Jose Diridon station at 8:09 a.m., 8:33 a.m., 9:41 a.m. and 10:28 a.m., respectively. The extra trains will be posted on Caltrain’s visual message signs at stations as #651, #653, #609 and #611. Caltrain will also provide additional southbound train capacity after the event, as needed. In addition to Sunday’s extra service, Caltrain ambassadors will be onboard the first five northbound morning trains departing San Jose Diridon Station between 8:09 a.m. to 9:51 a.m. offering free custom “Ride with Pride” stickers while supplies last. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the new Caltrain mobile app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ce757556-1fe6-40b3-9453-16e42190ce0b <a href="/news/samtrans-caltrain-partner-miles-offer-rewards-riding" hreflang="en">SamTrans & Caltrain Partner with Miles to Offer Rewards for Riding</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/samtrans-caltrain-partner-miles-offer-rewards-riding   Thanks to a new partnership with Miles, travelers can now earn unique rewards simply by choosing to take their trip on SamTrans or Caltrain. Miles is a rewards platform and app that delivers value for every mile traveled. Users who choose alternative modes of travel or eco-friendly forms of transportation — such as walking, biking, carpooling or transit — are rewarded even more. Transit riders who use the Miles app already earn rewards, but the San Mateo County Transit District’s partnership will offer exclusive reward opportunities to riders who choose SamTrans and Caltrain for their travel needs. SamTrans and Caltrain riders will be eligible to compete in special public transit challenges to earn additional rewards, such as Amazon or Starbucks gift cards, tickets to local events, and special offers from local retailers and merchants. Available on iOS and Android, Miles allows anyone with a smartphone to earn miles as they travel. Designed to work seamlessly in the background, Miles automatically logs each trip from point A to B and the mode of transportation, while keeping data completely private. “Our partnership with Miles will offer commuters an additional incentive to choose public transit over driving alone,” said Jim Hartnett, CEO and General Manager of the Transit District. “This pilot is part of our ongoing endeavor to reduce traffic congestion by incentivizing transit and improving our service to better meet the transportation needs of Bay Area residents.” To get started, consumers simply download the Miles app. Users can easily view their miles earned per trip and receive personalized rewards that are redeemable either online or at a nearby store. The District is conducting a one-year pilot with Miles. Anonymous travel data received from the pilot program will help inform future transportation planning efforts and to encourage sustainable travel options. The City of Sacramento and Contra Costa Transportation Authority also currently have successful pilots with Miles underway. “At Miles, our vision is to deliver value for every mile traveled - with alternate or more sustainable forms of travel rewarded even further,” said Miles co-founder Paresh Jain. “Together with Caltrain and SamTrans, we’re excited to help incentivize greener travel and reach their goals to encourage ridership through local rewards and challenges.” Based in San Jose, the Miles app first soft-launched in July 2018 and has since seen rapid growth. To date, Miles users have earned more than 375 million miles, redeeming over 55,000 rewards, with an average value of $20 per reward. More than 125 brands offer exclusive rewards through the platform. ### About the San Mateo County Transit District: The San Mateo County Transit District operates 70 SamTrans routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The San Mateo County Transit District has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976, and commuter rail service since 1992.  About Miles: Miles is a universal rewards platform and app empowering anyone to earn miles and accrue value simply by traveling how they do every day. Whether by car (as a driver, passenger or rideshare), plane, train, subway, bus, boat, bicycle, or on foot, the Miles app effortlessly awards users’ travel - regardless of where their journey takes them. Users who choose alternate or eco-friendly forms of transportation are rewarded even further. Miles can be saved or redeemed at any time - with the value increasing every month as more merchants accept them as a form of payment. Miles is available to download for free on iOS and Android devices. To learn more about Miles, visit www.getmiles.com. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/d506d7f5-ad49-4d64-90a8-64c0088be19d <a href="/news/caltrain-celebrates-22nd-street-station-improvements" hreflang="en">Caltrain Celebrates 22nd Street Station Improvements</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-celebrates-22nd-street-station-improvements   Caltrain celebrates its newly refurbished 22nd Street Station today at an event thanking the Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefits District (GBD) for improving the station. In February of this year, GBD began work on the station, delivering a newly resurfaced plaza and walkway, seat walls, improved fencing, enhanced landscaping and new lighting. Funding for the renovation was provided to Dogpatch neighbors by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The renovation benefited from the help of numerous San Francisco City Departments. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) collaborated with the GBD to provide a new, designated parking area for motorcycle and scooter parking. The SFMTA also added secure bike lockers and a bike share station and recoded curbs around the station for easier pick up and drop off. San Francisco Public Works installed new LED lights adjacent to the station. “The Dogpatch and Potrero are vibrant and growing neighborhoods, and they deserve a sharp, modern station to match,” said Caltrain Board Chair Gillian Gillett. “This collaborative effort to benefit transit users is a model of partnerships done right.”  “Development in San Francisco is edging closer and closer to our major transit corridors,” said Julie Christensen, Executive Director of the GBD. “That's great because it makes those modes of transportation more accessible, but it also makes it important to better integrate those pathways into the urban fabric.” ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3614ae8b-07b4-4e1c-b821-b1c6b54930f4 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-track-maintenance-san-mateo" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on Track Maintenance in San Mateo</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-track-maintenance-san-mateo   Caltrain will host a community meeting to discuss the track maintenance area that is being relocated from 25th Avenue to between 9th and 14th Avenues in San Mateo. The old site, called a set-out track, had a storage space for train maintenance equipment which had to be removed as a result of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project. San Mateo Community Meeting: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. San Mateo City Hall, Room C 330 West 20th Avenue San Mateo, CA For more information about the project, click HERE. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/785df3ce-69fc-4e4e-80d3-b6eaabff5c3a <a href="/news/caltrain-board-directors-approves-operating-and-capital-budgets-1" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board of Directors Approves Operating and Capital Budgets</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-directors-approves-operating-and-capital-budgets-1   Caltrain’s Board of Directors unanimously approved its operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2020 at the rail agency’s monthly board meeting yesterday. The $155.7 million operating budget approved by the Board includes $106 million in farebox revenues and $29.9 million in total investment from Caltrain’s three partners—the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and the City and County of San Francisco, an increase of approximately 18% over last year. All agency revenues are not sufficient to meet projected expenses, requiring the use of approximately $1.1 million from the revenue stabilization fund to cover them in FY2020. Caltrain’s operating budget does not include a dedicated source of funding and over the years, the rail agency has had to rely on reserves to help balance its budget.  Farebox revenue makes up approximately 68% of the budget.  Caltrain continues to explore alternatives to address its ongoing structural deficit, including a potential sales tax that the Caltrain Board will consider in the coming months.  Without dedicated funding or continued increased member contributions, Caltrain will not be able to operate at existing service levels, nor could it meet the ridership projections laid out in the Caltrain Business Plan. Caltrain’s $47.4 million capital budget will be funded through a combination of federal, regional and state grants, along with $7.5 million from each of its partner agencies. Staff proposed that these member agencies maintain this level of funding in order to fund state of good repair projects that have been deferred due to budget shortfalls. The Caltrain capital budget covers long-term infrastructure improvement and maintenance projects including maintenance work on stations and intermodal access, right of way signals and communications, and rolling stock. The capital budget also includes additional funding for the Guadalupe River Bridge Replacement Project, the rehabilitation of San Francisco’s Marin Street and Napoleon Avenue Bridge and the general state of good repair for the system at large. The 2020 Fiscal Year begins on July 1.                                                           ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/6aac83c1-2037-464b-96aa-1b5082edef58 <a href="/news/caltrain-signs-more-systemwide-bike-capacity-and-station-amenities-including-corridor-wide" hreflang="en">Caltrain Signs Off on More Systemwide Bike Capacity, and Station Amenities including Corridor-wide Bike Share</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-signs-more-systemwide-bike-capacity-and-station-amenities-including-corridor-wide   The Caltrain Board of Directors approved a bicycle access policy that will increase peak-hour bike capacity and provide more bike amenities at stations that give riders convenient alternatives to bringing a bike onboard. Currently, Caltrain carries over 6,000 bicycles per weekday, more than any other rail system in the United States. When the electrified service launches in 2022, all electric trainsets will have two dedicated bike cars.  The result is a 17 percent increase in systemwide bike capacity during peak hours. In response to requests from cyclists concerned about bike security, the Board also approved reconfiguring the cars to add more seats in the bike cars. The policy also invests $3.5 million in improving bike storage and pursuing shared micromobility options like scooter and bike share at stations throughout the corridor.  As an immediate next step, Caltrain will take advantage of the region’s growing interest in expanding bike share options by requesting information for the creation of a corridor-wide bike share network that allows riders to access their final destination via bike without needing to bring one on the train. In addition to increased bike capacity, the electric train design will also increase systemwide peak-hour capacity for general seating and standing room by 30 percent. Currently, some peak-hour trains are at 135 percent capacity, and with the Caltrain Business Plan projecting a potential 300 percent increase in system demand by 2040, it is clear Caltrain has to expand capacity for all riders. A survey conducted by Caltrain showed that 79 percent of riders viewed increasing seating capacity for riders as a high priority, and 52 percent considered increasing bike capacity a high priority. “Improving access and security for bike riders helps us work towards more people being able to ride Caltrain,” said Caltrain Board Chair Gillian Gillett. “By increasing service, providing improved amenities and more options, we can help even more people access Caltrain by bike.” ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/255ee0e6-26b2-4368-a88f-5e519fc48478 <a href="/news/take-samtrans-and-caltrain-san-mateo-county-fair" hreflang="en">Take SamTrans and Caltrain to the San Mateo County Fair</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-samtrans-and-caltrain-san-mateo-county-fair   The San Mateo County Fair is coming to the San Mateo County Event Center and SamTrans and Caltrain are your best bet to get to one of summer’s most anticipated events. SamTrans is a sponsor of the fair, which runs from June 8 through 16. Peninsula residents can get to the fair without the stress and worries of traffic by taking public transportation. The fairgrounds are served by SamTrans Routes ECR, ECR Rapid and 292, with stops located nearby. Caltrain also provides service to the fair from both the Hillsdale and Hayward Park Stations. Customers arriving at the Hillsdale Station can walk a short distance along Delaware Street to the fairgrounds main entrance. Riders using the Hayward Park Station can take Concar Drive to Delaware Street. SamTrans will host a fair booth on Monday, June 10 (Family PRIDE Day) and Tuesday, June 11 (Senior Day), from noon to 4:00 p.m. both days. While supplies last, electric SamTrans bus and Caltrain squishes will be given out. Kids can also play Plinko for a chance to win a color pencil set.   SamTrans’ staff will be on site to assist with trip planning to all the destinations accessible via bus and train. The fair opens at noon on both days. For schedule and fare information or for help planning your trip, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit www.samtrans.com or www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/12271cb5-f2ca-435d-a241-a6113643375e <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-palo-alto-1" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on Electrification in Palo Alto</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-palo-alto-1   Caltrain will host a community meeting to discuss the continued construction activities for the Caltrain Electrification project in Palo Alto. In the coming months, crews will begin the installation of concrete foundations for the overhead poles. Crews will also begin construction of the paralleling station, which will help distribute power to the new electric trains. The paralleling station will be located on Caltrain right-of-way along Page Mill Road in Palo Alto. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project, including the scope and schedule of upcoming construction activities. Palo Alto Community Meeting:Tuesday, June 4, 20196:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room1213 Newell RdPalo Alto, CA The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King Streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service and minimize long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. For more information, visit www.CalMod.org. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/d9bd5951-77d5-4d25-80ff-ac0a23b73a38 <a href="/news/caltrain-samtrans-will-run-holiday-schedule-memorial-day" hreflang="en">Caltrain, SamTrans will Run Holiday Schedule on Memorial Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-samtrans-will-run-holiday-schedule-memorial-day   Memorial Day is Monday, May 27, and Caltrain and SamTrans are ready to get riders where they need to go. Both agencies will operate on a standard holiday schedule, which is the same as a Sunday schedule. All non-school buses and 24 trains will be operating over the course of the day. Caltrain will also offer its standard shuttle service to and from the San Jose Diridon Station and Tamien Station. Visit the Caltrain and SamTrans holiday schedule pages for more information about service. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos, will be closed on Memorial Day. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/9e6a07c3-f3c3-49fb-8760-900b9e8fb1e5 <a href="/news/caltrain-offers-early-morning-service-bay-breakers" hreflang="en">Caltrain Offers Early Morning Service to Bay to Breakers</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-offers-early-morning-service-bay-breakers   For over a century, runners, cosplayers and springtime revelers have made Bay to Breakers a distinctively San Francisco institution. Caltrain will be running extra service this coming Sunday, May 19, so Peninsula and South Bay residents can make it to the starting line of the 2019 Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers before the starter pistol goes off. Caltrain will run four northbound special event trains with limited stops to the race. Three trains will depart from San Jose Diridon Station at 5:50 a.m., 6 a.m. and 6:25 a.m., and arrive at the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 7:10 a.m., 7:25 a.m., and 7:49 a.m. respectively. An additional train will depart the Palo Alto Caltrain Station from the southbound platform at 6:10 a.m. and will arrive at the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 7 a.m. Alcohol will be prohibited on the pre-event special trains and Bay to Breakers prohibits both alcohol and floats. The race begins at 8 a.m. and the starting line is about 1.4 miles from the San Francisco Caltrain Station. Participants can walk to the starting line or take Muni’s T-Third light-rail service. Following the race, one additional train will depart the San Francisco station at 1:22 p.m. making regular local weekend stops to San Jose Diridon. Caltrain will also provide extra post-event capacity. To avoid long lines, passengers are encouraged to pre-purchase a Bay to Breakers Day Pass on the Caltrain Mobile Ticket App. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on regular service trains beginning at 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/dc823d85-2437-42d8-b399-faa859a6c358 <a href="/news/caltrain-samtrans-offer-connections-maker-faire-bay-area" hreflang="en">Caltrain, SamTrans Offer Connections to Maker Faire Bay Area</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-samtrans-offer-connections-maker-faire-bay-area   The 14th annual Maker Faire Bay Area returns to the San Mateo County Event Center from Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, and both Caltrain and SamTrans will provide service to deliver attendees to this celebration of craft and tinkering. This fun and educational event offers numerous exhibits, speakers, workshops and performances.  Attendees can learn about 3D printing, jewelry making, robotics and other intersections of technology and art. In addition, SamTrans will be displaying one of its new battery electric buses in the East Lot on Friday, May 17. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the bus and learn about how it operates. The event center is a short walk from the Hillsdale Caltrain Station. Caltrain’s weekday and weekend schedule offers regular service to the station. SamTrans’ Routes ECR, 292 and 250 have bus stops near the event center. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system: tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at ticket machines at the stations. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. For schedule and fare information for Caltrain and SamTrans, or for help planning your trip, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/f4be643e-2e99-4012-b398-9038ad613022 <a href="/news/caltrain-seeks-volunteers-citizens-advisory-committee" hreflang="en">Caltrain Seeks Volunteers for Citizens Advisory Committee</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-seeks-volunteers-citizens-advisory-committee   The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB), the entity that manages Caltrain, is seeking volunteers from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to apply for its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC currently has openings for four seats representing San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Committee members are asked to serve a three-year term through 2022. One of the vacant seats representing San Mateo County will serve a partial term through 2021. The CAC is composed of nine community members who serve in an advisory capacity to the Caltrain board of directors, providing input on the needs of current and potential rail customers. Residents interested in joining the advisory committee can find an application on the CAC website here, or by calling 650.508.6347. Applications for the CAC are due by Thursday, June 13, 2019. The CAC meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:40 p.m. at the Caltrain headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue, about one block from the San Carlos Caltrain Station. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit www.caltrain.cacapplication.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/da6bc8ce-1705-4d44-80a0-81260afb4ea0 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-santa-clara" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on Electrification in Santa Clara</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-santa-clara   Caltrain will host a community meeting to discuss the continued construction activities for the Caltrain Electrification project in Santa Clara. Since November 2017 construction crews have begun laying foundation, relocating utility equipment and pruning back vegetation as needed to accommodate the new overhead system that will power future electric trains. In the coming months, crews will begin to install poles along the corridor in Santa Clara as part of the railroad’s soon-to-be electrified system. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project, including the scope and schedule of upcoming construction activities. Santa Clara Community Meeting:Monday, May 13, 20196:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.South Bay Historical Railroad Society1005 Railroad AveSanta Clara, CA The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, replacing diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service and minimize long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. For more information, visit www.CalMod.org. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/f45fd7df-f304-4248-8165-7e470f76f3c4 <a href="/news/samtrans-and-caltrain-encourage-cycling-bike-work-day" hreflang="en">SamTrans and Caltrain Encourage Cycling on Bike to Work Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/samtrans-and-caltrain-encourage-cycling-bike-work-day   This Thursday, May 9, Bay Area bicyclists will participate by the thousands in the 25th Annual Bike to Work Day, an annual event that encourages commuters to choose bicycles over cars for their daily commute. SamTrans buses can carry two bikes on racks at the front of each bus, and two additional bikes are allowed inside the bus, depending on passenger loads. Some things to know: only single-rider, two-wheel bicycles are permitted. There is no age limit for riders using the bike racks or bringing bikes on board the bus. However, riders must be able to load and unload their bikes without help from the operator. On Caltrain, every train is equipped with at least two bike cars. Due to the popularity of the onboard bike program, capacity for bicyclists can be a challenge. Cyclists are encouraged to choose local trains with lighter ridership to ensure they are able to board if they want to test out biking to work for the first time.  Some express and limited stop trains are already operating at or near capacity for onboard bikes. Each weekday, approximately 6,000 bicyclists take a bike on the train, more than any other rail service in the country.  While biking and taking public transit can work well together for first- and last-mile connections, as well as getting people out of their cars and off freeways, onboard capacity may be at its limit on Bike to Work Day. There are other great Bike to Work Day options that will help new cyclists try out biking without the stress of finding space onboard.  Bike Share - Bikes can be rented at kiosks located at the San Francisco, 22nd Street, Bayshore, San Jose Diridon and Tamien Caltrain Stations. Bike parking – With limited onboard bike space, customers with bikes are encouraged to park them at Caltrain stations, when feasible. Bike racks, lockers and shared-access parking facilities are available at most Caltrain stations for customers who bike to and/or from the station. Folding bikes – These types of bikes can be stored as luggage and save space onboard because they do not have to be parked inside the bike car. On Bike to Work Day, energizer stations will be set up along local bicycle commuting routes to provide free beverages, snacks and good cheer to encourage cyclists on Bike to Work Day.   This year, 12 energizer stations will be located at the following Caltrain stations: San Francisco station @ Fourth and King streets – 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. &amp; 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. San Bruno station – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Millbrae station – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Burlingame station – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. San Mateo station – 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Belmont station – 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Redwood City station – 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Menlo Park station – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. California Avenue station – 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Mountain View station – 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Santa Clara station – 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. San Jose Diridon station – 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/7c5d508b-6750-45b5-aedf-513dd72a0588 <a href="/news/caltrain-poll-shows-support-dedicated-revenue" hreflang="en">Caltrain Poll Shows Support for Dedicated Revenue</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-poll-shows-support-dedicated-revenue Nearly two-thirds of voters in the three counties Caltrain serves would support creating new investment from local sales tax to expand rail service, according to a recent public opinion poll commissioned by the agency. The poll was conducted as Caltrain considers options for a dedicated revenue source, something the agency lacks when compared to other public transit systems in the Bay Area. The Caltrain Board of Directors reviewed the results at their May 2 meeting. Approving dedicated investment in Caltrain from local sales tax is being considered thanks to legislation passed by State Senator Jerry Hill. The legislation allows the Caltrain Board to place a measure on the ballot in all three counties, provided that the transportation agency and board of supervisors in each county concurs. The measure would then require approval from two-thirds of residents that vote in the three counties.  If approved, the measure would provide stable, dedicated funding to operate and maintain the service, and to invest in infrastructure that will be needed to expand service in all three counties. With peak hour trains that are well over 100% capacity, Caltrain will need to offer more service to meet current and projected demand. The ability to operate expanded service is made possible by the Caltrain Electrification project, which is currently under construction. The Caltrain Business Plan is evaluating what infrastructure will be needed to operate the system’s new electric trains and what service levels will be needed to meet ridership demand that is expected to increase by 300%  over the next 20 years. The poll identifies voters’ top reasons for supporting a potential measure, with easing highway traffic congestion, reducing air pollution, and improving Caltrain frequency and capacity topping the list. The poll was conducted in late March by EMC Research. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/03c46d0f-afa7-4854-84ac-ddecbfe55d08 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-san-francisco" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on Electrification in San Francisco</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-san-francisco Caltrain will host a community meeting to discuss the continued construction activities for the Caltrain Electrification project in San Francisco. In the coming months, crews will begin the construction of a paralleling station which will help distribute power to the new electric trains. The paralleling station will be located on the northeast corner of Mariposa Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project, including the scope and schedule of upcoming construction activities. San Francisco Community Meeting:Wednesday, May 1, 20196 p.m. to 7 p.m.UCSF Mission BayMission Hall Room 1401550 16th StreetSan Francisco, CA The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. For more information, visit www.CalMod.org. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/4aac2b08-d38f-4f3e-907e-7b66a6ca7928 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-joint-meeting-community-advisory-committee-and-bicycle-advisory-committee" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Joint Meeting of Community Advisory Committee and Bicycle Advisory Committee</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-joint-meeting-community-advisory-committee-and-bicycle-advisory-committee   Caltrain will host a joint meeting between its Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) on Wednesday, April 17, at its headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue in San Carlos. The meeting will include hands-on interactive activities for members to provide input on how to improve bicycle parking and the availability of first/last mile solutions from its stations. Committee members will also help identify possible strategies for reconfiguration of the new electric train’s bicycle cars and the additional seventh car to address bike security concerns. Caltrain carries approximately 6,000 bikes every weekday, more than any other rail system in the country. The Electrification Project will bring an additional 17% increase in onboard bike capacity. With ridership demand projected to increase by 300% by 2040, Caltrain is working to meet the challenge of how to accommodate all its riders. Recently, Caltrain designated more than $3.5M to make vast bike parking improvements at the stations and hired a full-time station access planner to implement Caltrain’s Bike Parking Management Plan and improve bike access. Grant funding from the California State Transportation Agency’s (CalSTA’s) Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) allowed Caltrain to expand its electric fleet from 16 six-car trainsets to 19 seven-car trainsets.  The new electric trains are set to launch in 2022. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ddefa988-91c1-4a9a-85ca-77802eaacd03 <a href="/news/caltrain-board-welcomes-new-member-shamann-walton" hreflang="en">Caltrain Board Welcomes New Member Shamann Walton</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-board-welcomes-new-member-shamann-walton   The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) welcomed new member Supervisor Shamann Walton at the rail agency’s meeting today. Walton was sworn in and will represent the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors on the JPB, taking over for former Board Member Monique Zmuda. The JPB is the governing body of Caltrain, the commuter rail service that operates in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Caltrain is managed by the San Mateo County Transit District, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). The nine-member board of directors is composed of three members from each of the three partner agencies. For additional information about board members, visit www.caltrain.com/board.   ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/4a8a4983-f212-4b81-9f2d-1202f09ed159 <a href="/news/take-caltrain-giants-home-opener-series-oracle-park" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to Giants Home Opener Series at Oracle Park</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-giants-home-opener-series-oracle-park   The San Francisco Giants begin the home portion of their 61st season in San Francisco with a three-game interleague series against the Tampa Bay Rays, and Caltrain is ready to get you to and from Oracle Park. The home opener is set for Friday, April 5, at 1:35 p.m. Caltrain will run two extra pre-game local trains that will depart San Jose Diridon Station at 10 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. These trains, labeled with “6” in the schedule, make all local weekday stops to the San Francisco Station. The regular weekday schedule offers plenty of southbound service after the game and the station is just one-block away from the ballpark.  Games 2 and 3 are the following Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, at 1:05 p.m. Following this week’s restoration of regular weekend train service, fans can once again ride Caltrain into San Francisco Station on the new weekend schedule. Caltrain will run two extra pre-game trains departing San Jose Diridon Station at 9:41 a.m. and 10:28 a.m. The first train will provide express service to San Francisco and the second will make all local stops. Caltrain will also run two post-game trains that depart San Francisco approximately 15 and 25 minutes after the last out, or when full. This new weekend post-game service for the 2019 Giants season will provide express southbound service to the Millbrae Station before making all weekend local stops to San Jose Diridon. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the new Caltrain mobile app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.                                                            ###                             About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/b92a6589-8461-4dca-a70a-547eaa6e2cd9 <a href="/news/caltrain-restores-san-francisco-weekend-train-service" hreflang="en">Caltrain Restores San Francisco Weekend Train Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-restores-san-francisco-weekend-train-service   Effective this Monday, April 1, Caltrain will update its timetable to restore regular weekend service to and from San Francisco with the exception of four additional weekends for San Francisco tunnel work needed for electrification. In addition, minor adjustments will be made to the weekday and weekend timetable. The work has been scheduled around the 2019 Giants season and major events so as to minimize inconvenience to our riders. Free bus service will replace weekend train service between the Bayshore and San Francisco Stations on the following dates: Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21 Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5 Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2 Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23 Please note these dates are subject to change. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/c8936236-590d-4ffa-a4fa-4bd2dd6b7594 <a href="/news/news-monday-morning-commute-service-resume-march-25-following-weekend-closure-electrification" hreflang="en">NEWS: Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume March 25 Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/news-monday-morning-commute-service-resume-march-25-following-weekend-closure-electrification Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, March 25. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to March 31, 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022.   ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.       fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0a8044b4-7d3c-49e8-a50a-a75ac75e6568 <a href="/news/take-caltrain-giants-pre-season-games-oracle-park" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to Giants Pre-Season Games at Oracle Park</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-giants-pre-season-games-oracle-park   The San Francisco Giants are returning home for two final pre-season games in preparation for their 61st season in San Francisco, and Caltrain wants to help get you to Oracle Park. The Giants will face off against their cross-Bay rival, the Oakland Athletics, on Monday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 26, with both games starting at 6:45 p.m. In addition to Caltrain’s regular weekday schedule, two extra post-event trains will serve riders out of the San Francisco station. The first train will depart approximately 15 minutes after the last out, or when full. The second extra post-game train will depart approximately 25 minutes after the game, or when full. This new weekday evening post-game service for the 2019 Giants season will provide express southbound service to the Millbrae station before making all local stops to San Jose Diridon. Regardless of when the game ends, the last train will depart San Francisco at 12:05 a.m. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the new Caltrain mobile app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/b13c514f-dae0-4138-9466-c28ba82ab4ef <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-9" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-9 Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, March 18. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022.   ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.       fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/60b4c2a0-7e53-46f4-8fd6-648527bc9988 <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-7" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-7 Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, March 11. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022.   ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/5d772bd9-0665-467e-b238-e7bcf1ab182b <a href="/news/caltrain-implements-bikes-board-first-system-wide" hreflang="en">Caltrain Implements Bikes Board First System-Wide</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-implements-bikes-board-first-system-wide   On Monday, March 11, following the success of Caltrain’s pilot program to make boarding faster and smoother for all riders, the agency is instituting a Bikes Board First procedure at all stations. The new procedure allows riders with bicycles to board first onto the designated bike cars once exiting passengers have alighted. Riders without bikes are encouraged to board on non-bike cars to avoid having to wait. Caltrain ambassadors will be on site at various stations in the coming weeks during peak commute hours to facilitate implementation. The initial pilot program began in April, 2018 on northbound platforms at three stations where boarding times often took well over one minute. During this first phase of the pilot, those times were decreased to within a desirable range with some trains shaving more than a minute from their boarding times. The pilot was then expanded to three additional stations in June, 2018. The Bikes Board First pilot was developed with input from the Caltrain Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) and bicycle advocacy groups. “We are grateful to Caltrain’s staff, riders and partners who helped make our pilot a success,” said Caltrain Chief Operating Officer Michelle Bouchard. “Implementation of Bikes Board First at all stations will reduce delays and improve boarding for everyone.” ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/06fcad10-0680-45e2-8219-f062cb1035d1 <a href="/news/take-caltrain-and-samtrans-cinequest-film-creativity-festival" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain and SamTrans to the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-and-samtrans-cinequest-film-creativity-festival   The annual Cinequest Film &amp; Creativity Festival is returning to Silicon Valley and Caltrain and SamTrans are ready to get you to screenings and post-film gatherings. Festival screenings and events are taking place in various San Jose theatres along with the Century 20 in Downtown Redwood City. Wherever you attend, let Caltrain and SamTrans be your ride to Cinequest to make your festival going experience safe and fun. This year, Caltrain is proud to partner with Cinequest as a film presenter for the documentary Ritoma. Caltrain’s weekday and weekend schedules offer plenty of options to get you to the festival venues in both Redwood City and San Jose. From the Redwood City Caltrain Station it’s only a short walk to the Century Downtown 20. SamTrans routes 274, 275, 276, 278, 295, 296, 397, 398 and ECR/ECR Rapid will also get you to Redwood City’s nearby transit center. From the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station, passengers can transfer to VTA buses and light rail to the three downtown venues where films will be shown: California Theatre, Hammer Theatre Center and 3Below (formerly Camera 3). For more information about Caltrain and SamTrans schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com.  ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/6ca088a9-abe3-4dd8-8642-10ae62bf5fbe <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-sunnyvale" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on Electrification in Sunnyvale</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-sunnyvale   Caltrain will host a community meeting to discuss the continued construction activities for the Caltrain Electrification project in Sunnyvale. In the coming months crews will begin construction of a paralleling station, which will help distribute power to the new electric trains. The facility will be located in the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station parking lot on Caltrain property. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project, including the scope and schedule of upcoming construction activities. Sunnyvale Community Meeting:Thursday, March 7, 20196:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Washington Park Building840 W Washington Ave, Sunnyvale The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. For more information, visit www.CalMod.org. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/22c13be6-053b-4441-801f-8af2cb7f1366 <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-work" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-work   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, March 4. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.    Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/514d0c8e-6d2e-400c-8f98-34da20b0be1a <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-5" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-5   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, February 18. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022.  ###  About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/e8a217b5-d0e2-4493-8659-a6c5e47a69eb <a href="/news/caltrain-samtrans-adjust-schedules-presidents-day-holiday-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain, SamTrans To Adjust Schedules For Presidents Day Holiday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-samtrans-adjust-schedules-presidents-day-holiday-0   Caltrain will operate a modified schedule on Presidents Day, Monday, February 18, with 36 trains running between San Francisco and San Jose, including two bullet trains and four limited service trains in both directions. The modified schedule also offers one round-trip train from Gilroy to San Francisco. In addition, the Tamien/San Jose Diridon shuttle will operate a modified schedule with revised shuttle connections. SamTrans will operate a regular, non-school day service schedule on Presidents Day, Monday, February 18. For more information about Caltrain and SamTrans schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com.   ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 70 routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. Follow SamTrans on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ead68939-269a-475c-a6c1-aac02da5460a <a href="/news/caltrain-statement-response-governor-newsoms-state-state" hreflang="en">Caltrain Statement: Response to Governor Newsom’s State of the State</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-statement-response-governor-newsoms-state-state In his first State of The State address, Governor Gavin Newsom pledged to refocus the State’s high-speed rail project on the Central Valley, and also reiterated the State’s obligation to maintain its commitment to help fund completion of the Caltrain Electrification Project. The State’s high-speed rail project is required to provide $713 million toward Caltrain’s $2 billion project to electrify the rail corridor and replace most of the commuter rail system’s aging diesel trains with a new electric fleet that will reduce travel times, improve train frequency, and increase system-wide capacity for a rail service that over 65,000 daily riders depend on. The Caltrain Electrification Project is currently under construction and is scheduled to be complete in 2022. Last year, the State increased its commitment to the electrification of Caltrain service when it awarded an additional $165 million to support the purchase of additional electric trains. Caltrain is currently working to complete the Caltrain Business Plan, which is a long-term evaluation of how rail service should grow on the Caltrain corridor to accommodate ridership demand and address regional traffic congestion through 2040. The Business Plan will recommend a preferred service vision for the corridor and will identify the infrastructure investments needed to support increased service. It will also include strategies for funding these investments and the system’s ongoing operation and maintenance needs. The State is actively engaged in the efforts to complete the Business Plan. Jim Hartnett Executive Director, Caltrain ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. ​   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0e7bfb87-245c-412f-8ad4-a2ebbbf69389 <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-4" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-4   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, February 11. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/34acac34-4779-4b73-9198-db217d7dd647 <a href="/news/caltrain-joins-regional-pilot-program-means-based-fares" hreflang="en">Caltrain Joins Regional Pilot Program for Means-Based Fares</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-joins-regional-pilot-program-means-based-fares   The Caltrain Board of Directors unanimously adopted a resolution of support for the agency’s participation in a regional means-based fare pilot program. The program, led by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), will allow low-income transit riders to qualify for a discount through the use of a Clipper card. The regional pilot program is currently in the process of being developed, based on a Means-Based Fare Pilot Program Framework approved by MTC on May 23, 2018. Additional Caltrain Board actions will be necessary to formally approve Caltrain’s participation in the pilot program, including completing the process of updating the agency’s Codified Tariff. This resolution of support indicates that the Caltrain Board intends to approve Caltrain’s participation in the regional pilot program in 2019. One of the goals of the Caltrain Fare Policy, adopted by the Caltrain Board in 2018, is to “advocate for and participate in State and regional programs that make it more affordable for low-income customers to use transit.” The regional pilot program will run for 12 to 18 months and is expected to launch in fall 2019. Adults that earn less than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level will be eligible for pilot program participation and will receive a minimum discount of 20 percent off of single-ride adult Clipper Card fares. In addition to Caltrain, other pilot program participants include BART, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD). The pilot program will be centrally administered and implemented on behalf of all participating agencies. MTC staff is working in close coordination with staff from transit agencies and county social service and public health agencies in the process to develop and implement the pilot program. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/6038c4df-dcb2-4cf1-8dd6-8b02779b3013 <a href="/news/catch-caltrain-knbr-giants-fanfest-oracle-park-saturday-0" hreflang="en">Catch Caltrain to KNBR Giant’s FanFest at Oracle Park on Saturday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/catch-caltrain-knbr-giants-fanfest-oracle-park-saturday-0 San Francisco Giants fans will have their first chance to celebrate the team’s 61st season at Oracle Park this Saturday, February 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the annual KNBR Giants FanFest. In addition to regular weekend service, Caltrain will operate one extra northbound train departing San Jose Diridon at 8 a.m. making all local stops to San Francisco. Please note that the San Francisco weekend bus bridge will be in effect. Visit the Caltrain booth at FanFest for 2019 service information.  Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains. To save time on the return trip, fans are encouraged to buy a digital day pass using the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app or a paper ticket at a station vending machine. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open containers of alcohol are not allowed on trains after 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedule and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. ​ fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/9ed5b6dd-025e-4422-bb67-21f14070049a <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-3" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-3   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, February 4. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/e1fc45dd-39f3-493a-9822-3db8d62d67f1 <a href="/news/temporary-closures-broadway-avenue-crossing-burlingame-week" hreflang="en">Temporary Closures at Broadway Avenue Crossing in Burlingame this Week</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/temporary-closures-broadway-avenue-crossing-burlingame-week   Beginning at 10 p.m. this Wednesday, Caltrain will begin performing foundation installation work at the Broadway Avenue railroad crossing in Burlingame. The Broadway Avenue railroad crossing will be temporarily closed from Wednesday, January 30, at 10 p.m. to Thursday, January 31, at 5 a.m. to facilitate the installation of concrete foundations as part of Caltrain Electrification. Illuminated and directional signs will direct vehicle traffic to use Oak Grove Avenue as a detour on the night of the closure.  Pedestrian access will be unaffected. A map of the project site and more information about these closures can be found by visiting calmod.org/burlingame and clicking on the Resources section. Caltrain has established a dedicated project hotline and email for residents concerned about these potential impacts. The project information line can be reached at 650.399.9659, and the e-mail is calmod@caltrain.com. The project is part of Caltrain Electrification, a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program. Caltrain Electrification, scheduled to be operational by 2022, will electrify and upgrade the performance, operating efficiency, capacity, safety and reliability of Caltrain’s commuter rail service between Fourth and King Street Station in San Francisco and the Tamien Station in San Jose. Sign up for weekly construction updates by visiting calmod.org/get-involved. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/4a705d34-20ac-413a-926e-5e99f07134ef <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-2" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-2 Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, January 28. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022.   ###   About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.   Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/1f935865-b970-4e51-8805-50d8baa0bb55 <a href="/news/caltrain-completes-grade-crossing-improvement-project" hreflang="en">Caltrain Completes Grade Crossing Improvement Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-completes-grade-crossing-improvement-project   Caltrain completed its Grade Crossing Improvement Project ahead of schedule this month. This effort to improve public safety at 15 grade crossings from San Francisco to San Jose began in June 2018 and was expected to be finished by March of this year. The project included repainting, pouring new concrete, gluing down new tactile markers, installing street medians, improving sidewalks, installing new signage and removing outdated materials. A full list of the locations where work was done can be found here. The project cost $3.5 million, with $1.06 million coming from the Federal Rail Administration and $377,000 from State Prop 1B funds. The remainder of the funding came from Caltrain’s Capital budget. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/fbb61ae3-27d3-4653-b362-779f05d04bcf <a href="/news/caltrain-conducts-annual-ridership-counts-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain Conducts Annual Ridership Counts</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-conducts-annual-ridership-counts-0   Caltrain has begun conducting its annual onboard count of riders. The count will provide critical information for planning future service improvements, allocating limited resources and validating ridership estimates based on ticket sales. In addition to an overall count of riders, the data is used to determine such things as the most popular stations and trains utilized in the Caltrain system. The annual count started on Tuesday, January 22, and will conclude in February. During the count, there will be field surveyors on trains at every door in the vestibule area collecting data. The physical head count of riders is conducted this time of year because there are typically fewer holidays and special events that could skew ridership numbers. And, by conducting the count at the same time each year, baseline ridership is established and used for year to year comparisons.  Every weekday train will be counted twice on either a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and then averaged. Riders will not be counted on Mondays or Fridays as ridership on these days is generally lower and does not capture maximum ridership. There will be no weekend train counts this year due to impacts from the Weekend San Francisco Caltrain Closure, as tunnel construction continues. The count will also include the number of bike boardings, bike riders not able to board the train due to overcrowding and riders needing assistance utilizing the passenger lifts. Results of the 2019 passenger count will be released after the data has been analyzed. The results of previous counts are posted on the Caltrain website: www.caltrain.com/ridership. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/934c7990-9334-48f5-8efc-abe00fc74121 <a href="/news/transit-district-offers-free-fares-federal-employees" hreflang="en">Transit District Offers Free Fares for Federal Employees</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/transit-district-offers-free-fares-federal-employees Beginning Thursday, January 24, the San Mateo County Transit District will provide free bus and train rides throughout its service areas to all federal government employees who are affected by the partial government shutdown.  Federal workers can ride free by showing their federal government employee identification cards to bus operators on SamTrans and to conductors on Caltrain. Free service will remain available for the duration of the government shutdown. “We sympathize with the financial burdens that federal employees are faced with due to this unprecedented situation,” said Transit District General Manager/CEO Jim Hartnett. “These individuals provide a great public service to our region and our country, and we want to do what we can to make sure they have access to convenient public transportation options during this challenging time.” First-time riders can visit www.samtrans.com or www.caltrain.com to learn how to plan a trip or by calling our Customer Service Center at 1-800-660-4287.   ### About the San Mateo County Transit District: The San Mateo County Transit District operates 70 SamTrans routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The San Mateo County Transit District has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. ​ fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/9c3e73a4-c3c2-42df-9291-ea365078d1d1 <a href="/news/take-caltrain-nhl-all-star-game-sap-center" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-nhl-all-star-game-sap-center   Caltrain is encouraging hockey fans to take advantage of public transportation services to get to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center hosted by the San Jose Sharks. The puck drops at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 26. Fans can ride Caltrain to the game by getting off at the San Jose Diridon station, located across the street from SAP Center. Trains will operate a regular weekend schedule. The last train will depart San Jose Diridon at 10:30 p.m. or 15 minutes after the game ends but departs no later than 10:45 p.m. should the game go into overtime. The train will make all local stops between the San Jose Diridon and Bayshore stations. Weekend bus bridge service will operate between the Bayshore and San Francisco stations. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at vending machines at the stations. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the new Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Parking permits cannot be purchased on the Caltrain Mobile app. To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains after 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3448e73d-75e7-4774-a6d2-12da7cacac93 <a href="/news/celebration-train-operate-martin-luther-king-jr-day-0" hreflang="en">Celebration Train to Operate on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/celebration-train-operate-martin-luther-king-jr-day-0 The dream lives on this month as the Caltrain NorCalMLK Celebration Train makes its way up the Peninsula from San Jose to San Francisco on Monday, January 21. The Celebration Train will provide free service for those who wish to attend the annual observance of the life and legacy of Dr. King in San Francisco hosted by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorCalMLK). There will be onboard activities and entertainment for those in attendance during the trip, including a free giveaway for the children.  Attendees must register in advance to receive a free Celebration Train commemorative ticket. For ticket registration, click here. Registration is open until 12 a.m. on January 14.  This free train ride, which pays tribute to the 54-mile 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, is a great way to get to the MLK march and events in The City. The train will depart from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station at 9:45 a.m. It will make stops in Palo Alto at 10:05 a.m. and San Mateo at 10:25 a.m. before arriving in San Francisco by 10:50 a.m. There is no special southbound service, however, Celebration Train tickets will be accepted on southbound trains departing San Francisco after 1:00 p.m. that same day. In addition to the Celebration Train, Caltrain will operate a regular weekday service schedule on Monday, January 21. For more information on the annual MLK celebrations hosted by NorCalMLK, please visit www.sfmlkday.org. For more information about Caltrain’s regular service, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/8592a528-2cd3-4716-93c9-7b00fe575f8f <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-0" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-0   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3:30 a.m., Monday, January 14. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ebf37ac9-afe0-4782-a0e0-168d99530f2f <a href="/news/caltrain-elects-officers-2019" hreflang="en">Caltrain Elects Officers for 2019</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-elects-officers-2019 The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) elected its officers for this year. Member Gillian Gillett, who represents the City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors, was elected chair. Member Dave Pine, who represents the County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors, was elected vice-chair. The JPB is the governing body of Caltrain, the commuter rail service that operates in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Caltrain is managed by the San Mateo County Transit District, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco and VTA. The nine-member board of directors is composed of three members from each of the three partner agencies. For additional information about board members, visit www.caltrain.com/board.   ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Follow Caltrain on Facebook and Twitter. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/11ed0141-f8e0-491c-8370-de6609da84aa <a href="/news/caltrain-provide-special-event-service-college-football-national-championship" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Provide Special Event Service for College Football National Championship</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-provide-special-event-service-college-football-national-championship   Caltrain will operate special event service Friday, January 4, through Monday, January 7, 2019, to accommodate the College Football National Championship festivities in Downtown San Jose and at Levi’s Stadium as the Alabama Crimson Tide face the Clemson Tigers. Over the weekend, trains will serve all stations between San Francisco and San Jose Diridon. Friday, January 4 Caltrain will operate special event service, which includes one extra northbound 12:05 a.m. train early Saturday morning from the San Jose Diridon station. Saturday, January 5, and Sunday, January 6 Caltrain will operate special event service, which includes extra train service between the San Francisco and San Jose Diridon stations. The last weekend northbound trains will depart from San Jose Diridon station at 12:05 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Trains will be operating at all San Francisco stations (no bus bridge service January 5 and 6 only). San Francisco bus bridge service will resume on January 12. Monday, January 7 (Game Day) Caltrain will operate special event service to provide pre/post game transit to Levi’s Stadium via the Mountain View station. Customers planning to attend the game can take Caltrain to the Mountain View station and transfer to VTA light rail for service to Levi’s Stadium. The last post game northbound train will depart the Mountain View station approximately 75 minutes after the game ends. Caltrain and VTA are offering a special joint day pass ticket for game day only. Download the official Caltrain Mobile ticketing app and pre-purchase the College Football National Championship joint Caltrain + VTA Day Pass Ticket, available now. This ticket will be valid on Caltrain and VTA all day January 7 until end of service. More information on Caltrain special event service and ticketing for January 4-7 can be found online at www.caltrain.com/cfbp. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at vending machines at the stations. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds riders to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains beginning at 9 p.m. For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/a0f20f50-903b-4560-a407-b72ba3d653dd <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-16" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-16   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, December 31. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter@Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/383a465f-c898-42bb-95cc-110015ea5cc7 <a href="/news/caltrain-increase-service-offer-free-rides-new-years-eve-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Increase Service, Offer Free Rides for New Year’s Eve</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-increase-service-offer-free-rides-new-years-eve-0   In an effort to encourage New Year’s revelers to enjoy their night safely and responsibly, Caltrain will provide free service on trains departing after 8 p.m. on Monday, December 31, until the last train departing the San Francisco station at 2 a.m. Tuesday, January 1. Trains will operate special event service on December 31 to accommodate the San Francisco fireworks show in addition to regular weekday service. Monday, December 31, 2018 – New Year’s Eve In addition to regular weekday service, Caltrain will operate two additional northbound limited service trains in the evening to San Francisco. Caltrain will operate additional southbound trains after the San Francisco fireworks show. Departure times will vary depending on crowd size. The last train will depart the San Francisco station at 2 a.m. Post-firework trains will make all local weekend stops from San Francisco to San Jose. Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – New Year’s Day In observance of New Year’s Day, Caltrain will operate a holiday service schedule, which includes two northbound and southbound bullet trains between the San Jose Diridon and San Francisco stations. Shuttle bus service will operate between the San Jose Diridon and Tamien Caltrain stations. Trains will not provide service south of San Jose. Caltrain does not allow open alcohol containers on trains after 9 p.m. Disruptive passengers will be asked to detrain. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans, and the 1st floor ticket sales booth will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Caltrain customer service is available on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on New Year’s Day, January 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 1.800.660.4287. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/a315abb0-9f84-4174-93db-826ea6aea33b <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-8" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-8   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, December 24. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/0874f9e8-19af-4f27-885d-6257ed9daf29 <a href="/news/caltrain-operate-holiday-service-schedule-christmas-day" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Operate Holiday Service Schedule on Christmas Day</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-operate-holiday-service-schedule-christmas-day   Caltrain will operate a holiday service schedule on Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day). Trains will provide regular weekday service on Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve). Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25 Caltrain will provide holiday service on Christmas Day between the San Francisco and San Jose Diridon stations, including two northbound and two southbound bullet trains. Shuttle bus service will operate between the San Jose Diridon and Tamien Caltrain stations. Trains will not provide service south of San Jose. The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans, and the 1st floor ticket sales booth will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Caltrain customer service is available on Christmas Eve, December 24, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Christmas Day, December 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 1.800.660.4287. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/26d0cf6c-b009-476e-8f5a-a311d5eb15ca <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-17" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-17   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, December 17. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/c3e25ca7-9e95-4202-b470-31d1b664cba2 <a href="/news/caltrain-passengers-grow-more-satisfied-service" hreflang="en">Caltrain Passengers Grow More Satisfied With Service</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-passengers-grow-more-satisfied-service   According to the results of a new customer satisfaction survey that was received by the agency’s Board of Directors meeting this month, 82 percent of Caltrain passengers are satisfied with the train system. A total of 3,313 passengers responded to Caltrain’s annual Customer Satisfaction Survey, which is carried out in order to evaluate the services provided by the agency’s contract train operator, Transit America Services, Inc. (TASI). The passengers were on board when they filled out the survey, which was conducted by the survey contractor Corey, Canapary &amp; Galanis, which has conducted the survey  since 2013. Caltrain has been running customer satisfaction surveys since 1998. Of the respondents, 82 percent said they were somewhat or very satisfied with the Caltrain experience, which represents a slight increase from last year and the year prior. Asked to rate the service on a scale of 1 – 5, the passengers gave Caltrain an average rating of 4.07, which shows a steady improvement from 2014’s rating of 3.93. The biggest gains in the survey were in the categories of on-time arrival, being informed of delays and the adequacy of onboard announcements. The survey showed a decrease in station dwell times, which could be attributed to the pilot Bikes Board First program launched earlier this year. The survey also found that 36 percent of respondents paid for their trip with a Caltrain Monthly pass, 21 percent with a Go Pass, 22 percent using Clipper and 21 percent with a One-way ticket or Day Pass. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/7a9b4328-32df-4ed7-8642-02b11a624d56 <a href="/news/holiday-train-collects-more-3000-toys-local-children" hreflang="en">Holiday Train Collects More than 3,000 Toys for Local Children</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/holiday-train-collects-more-3000-toys-local-children The holidays will be a little brighter this season for thousands of children thanks to the generosity of people that donated toys during this year’s annual Caltrain Holiday Train, presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  During Holiday Train weekend, held December 1 &amp; 2, approximately 30,000 people converged on Peninsula train stations to experience the glittering show train, holiday tunes, Santa and his friends and take the opportunity to donate toys for children in need. Approximately 1,976 toys and nearly $2,000 were collected during Holiday Train weekend. An additional 359 toys were collected by San Mateo County Transit District employees and the SamTrans Stuff A Bus Toy Drive. Additionally, nearly 700 toys were collected by Silicon Valley Community Foundation employees and by organizations that sponsored the 2018 event. This season’s Holiday Train brought in a total of 3,035 toys. Toys donated at stations benefit the Salvation Army Season of Sharing Program. A $15,000 donation made to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program by the Holiday Train enabled the purchase of approximately 1,500 toys for the non-profit organization. Since the Holiday Train’s inception in 2001, more than 60,000 toys have been distributed to Bay Area children who otherwise might not have received gifts at Christmas. Community support is a hallmark of the Holiday Train. Working at the San Francisco rail yard, volunteers spent every Saturday for two months decorating the train. Ambassadors at train stations helped pass out candy canes, programs and stickers to joyous onlookers. Local artists and vendors provided free entertainment at each station before the train arrived. Those who volunteered to wear a holiday character costume were rewarded by the delighted response of the thousands of families who turned out for the event.  The Holiday Train would not be possible without the generous financial support of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Financial considerations forced the Holiday Train to go “dark” in 2010. In 2012, Silicon Valley Community Foundation stepped up to bring the beloved tradition back to the Peninsula by donating the seed money to get it started again. Over the seven-year partnership, Silicon Valley Community Foundation has also helped Caltrain solicit donors to keep the train going. For the 2018 season, the Holiday Train collected more than $50,000 in sponsorships.  Community Support The Holiday Train would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.  Stanford Children’s Health was our lead sponsor. Speck and the Handel Sunrise Foundation were our station and freight sponsors. Locomotive sponsors were Analog Devices, The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation and Intero Real Estate Services. Our railway sponsor was Robert Half. Media sponsors included The Daily Journal, The San Francisco Examiner, 96.5 KOIT, 98.5 KFOX and 102.9 KBLX.  Bayside Equipment Company of Redwood City donated the use of a generator to light up the decorations, and Classic Graphics donated services to re-wrap the gingerbread house sound booth. Other in-kind sponsors include Jim’s Handyman Services, Classic Graphics, Peterson Technical Services and the Subway store located in the San Francisco Caltrain Station.    ###   About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San José, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain About Silicon Valley Community Foundation Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. We engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at siliconvalleycf.org.   Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. ​   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/e1af6677-e667-4206-87de-9501e9e9dec3 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meetings-electrification-san-carlos-atherton" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meetings on Electrification in San Carlos, Atherton</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meetings-electrification-san-carlos-atherton   Caltrain will host two community meetings to discuss the continued construction activities for the Caltrain Electrification project in San Carlos and Atherton. Upcoming construction activities along the Caltrain right-of-way in these cities will consist of utility potholing, and installation of the overhead contact system foundations and poles. The meetings will be held at the following dates and locations: December 12, 6:30 p.m. San Carlos Adult Community Center 601 Chestnut Street, San Carlos   December 17, 6:30 p.m. Jennings Pavilion 150 Watkins Avenue, Atherton The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. For more information, visit www.CalMod.org. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/edc69b72-937f-4f7c-9881-6712e4cb4954 <a href="/news/caltrain-adopts-fare-policy" hreflang="en">Caltrain Adopts Fare Policy</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-adopts-fare-policy   At its December meeting, the Caltrain Board of Directors adopted a fare policy for the first time in the agency’s history. This policy lays out the principles and goals that will shape any future changes to Caltrain’s fare structure. The goals of the policy center on financial sustainability, equity, customer experience and ridership. The new policy will require the fare structure to achieve a farebox recovery ratio for the operating budget of at least 65 percent and encourage Caltrain to push for and participate in regional and State fare programs, including those that support low-income riders. Other goals include ensuring the fare system is easily understandable and usable, and supporting achievement of the agency’s ridership goals. The idea for the adoption of a fare policy came from the Board of Directors, as well as out of phase one of Caltrain’s Fare Study, as a fare policy allows for fares to be adjusted for purposes other than budget shortfalls. This policy will be used by both Caltrain staff and its Board to guide adjustment of fares in the future.  ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/a7388893-847c-4896-8a55-5d10932d97b5 <a href="/news/new-funding-allows-caltrain-purchase-additional-electric-cars" hreflang="en">New Funding Allows Caltrain to Purchase Additional Electric Cars</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/new-funding-allows-caltrain-purchase-additional-electric-cars   During its December meeting today, the Caltrain Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase of additional electric train cars that will help address increasing ridership on the commuter rail system in the future. Funding from the California State Transportation Agency’s (CalSTA’s) Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) allows Caltrain to expand its electric fleet from 16 six-car trainsets to 19 seven-car trainsets. Caltrain’s contract option with Stadler, the company building the electric cars, allows for additional Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) to be purchased at the original price totaling $174.6 million, provided the purchase is made by the end of 2018. The interior configuration of the trains will be informed by a public process in 2019. That discussion will include an assessment of design alternatives to address bike security concerns and an exploration of policy considerations related to onboard and wayside bicycle storage, and how to balance the needs of bicyclists against the need for capacity improvements for all riders.  This funding is necessary for Caltrain’s consistently growing ridership. The Caltrain Business Plan foresees a potential demand of over 240,000 weekday riders on the system by 2040, up from the current weekday ridership of 65,000. This purchase helps to achieve numerous objectives for the agency, including reducing diesel trips on the corridor and enhancing seating capacity. In addition, it supports the Caltrain Business Plan and retains one seat rides from Gilroy to San Francisco. CalSTA announced a $164.5 million investment from the TIRCP to support Caltrain service improvements in April of this year. In addition to the funds for additional EMUs, the grant provides for the addition of Wi-Fi service onboard the system’s new electric fleet and enhanced bicycle facilities at Caltrain stations. Caltrain provided $39.1 million in matching funds for the EMUs that came from the agency’s FY 2021 capital budget, with the matching funds for the bike parking component coming from FY 2018 State Rail Assistance funding.  ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/400f5086-9070-4e7f-a944-7c06970536e4 <a href="/news/temporary-closures-broadway-avenue-crossing-burlingame-week-0" hreflang="en">Temporary Closures at Broadway Avenue Crossing in Burlingame this Week</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/temporary-closures-broadway-avenue-crossing-burlingame-week-0   Beginning at 10 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, Caltrain will begin performing foundation installation work at the Broadway Avenue railroad crossing in Burlingame. The Broadway Avenue railroad crossing will be temporarily closed from Thursday, December 6, at 10 p.m. to Friday, December 7 at 5 a.m. to facilitate the installation of concrete foundations as part of Caltrain electrification. Illuminated and directional signs will direct vehicle traffic to use Oak Grove Avenue as a detour on the night of the closure. A detour map is provided below. A map of the project site and more information about these closures can be found by visiting calmod.org/burlingame and clicking on the Resources section. Caltrain has established a dedicated project hotline and email for residents concerned about these potential impacts. The project information line can be reached at 650.399.9659, and the e-mail is calmod@caltrain.com. The project is part of Caltrain electrification, a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program. Caltrain electrification, scheduled to be operational by 2022, will electrify and upgrade the performance, operating efficiency, capacity, safety and reliability of Caltrain’s commuter rail service between Fourth and King Street Station in San Francisco and the Tamien Station in San Jose. Sign up for weekly construction updates by visiting calmod.org/get-involved. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/ce0d0b42-aa0e-4f3e-b0da-814539963149 <a href="/news/holiday-train-toy-drive-marks-season-giving" hreflang="en">Holiday Train Toy Drive Marks Season of Giving</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/holiday-train-toy-drive-marks-season-giving On Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, Caltrain and Silicon Valley Community Foundation will hold the annual Holiday Train toy drive event for Bay Area residents from San Francisco to the South Bay. Decorated with more than 75,000 lights, the Holiday Train will visit nine Caltrain stations over the weekend. At each of the train&rsquo;s 20-minute station stops, people can join in singing with onboard carolers and the Salvation Army Christmas Brass Ensemble. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their extended family &ndash; including Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer &ndash; will get off the train to greet kids and pose for pictures. Prior to the arrival of the train, families can enjoy free entertainment at each of the Holiday Train station stops. In addition to offering families free holiday fun, the Holiday Train offers an opportunity to donate new toys or books to local children whose families are struggling to make ends meet. Caltrain is proud to partner with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program and the Salvation Army&rsquo;s Season of Giving program to help make the season brighter for everyone. We are grateful to generous Bay Area residents who have donated more than 50,000 toys since the start of this festive tradition. The glittering show train has been a favorite family holiday tradition for communities all along the Caltrain rail corridor since 2001. To spread the word about the event, one Caltrain passenger car &ldquo;wrapped&rdquo; in the Holiday Train artwork will be in service until the end of December. During this time, Caltrain is also holding a Holiday Train photo contest. Individuals can enter submissions by sending a photo or video of themselves with the Holiday Train wrap in service either by posting to social media with the hashtag #HolidayTrain2018 and tagging Caltrain, or by emailing the submission to SocialMedia@Caltrain.com. Deadline for submissions is November 30. Three winners will be selected to receive a Holiday Train swag bag of prizes. &ldquo;We are grateful to the generous Bay Area residents who have donated more than 50,000 toys since the start of this local tradition,&rdquo; said Caltrain Executive Director Jim Hartnett. &ldquo;This event would not be possible without the continued support of Silicon Valley Community Foundation and our staff for helping us provide this magical experience to the communities we serve.&rdquo; Holiday Train Schedule Saturday, December 1 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Station Arrive San Francisco 4:00 p.m. Burlingame 5:25 p.m. Redwood City 6:10 p.m. Mountain View 7:25 p.m. Santa Clara 8:00 p.m. &nbsp; Sunday, December 2 &nbsp; Station Arrive San Francisco 4:00 p.m. Millbrae 5:20 p.m. San Mateo 6:00 p.m. Menlo Park 7:05 p.m. Sunnyvale 7:50 p.m. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Community Support &ldquo;The Holiday Train is a wonderful community tradition that SVCF is proud to be supporting for a seventh year,&rdquo; said Greg Avis, interim president of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. &ldquo;The train and the toy drive bring joy to kids and their families and help foster a spirit of giving.&rdquo;&nbsp; Santa&rsquo;s helpers can get into the holiday spirit by donating or becoming a sponsor on the Holiday Train website,&nbsp;holiday-train.org, and by following Caltrain and Silicon Valley Community Foundation on Twitter using the hashtag #HolidayTrain2018 to help spread the word. All Holiday Train donations are collected by and distributed through Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Sponsors The Holiday Train would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors for everything from decorations and wiring to costumes. Stanford Children&rsquo;s Health is our lead sponsor. Speck and the Handel Sunrise Foundation are our station and freight sponsors. Locomotive sponsors are Analog Devices, The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation and Intero Real Estate Services. Our railway sponsor is Robert Half. Media sponsors include The Daily Journal, The San Francisco Examiner, 96.5 KOIT, 98.5 KFOX and 102.9 KBLX.&nbsp; Bayside Equipment Company of Redwood City donated the use of a generator to light up the decorations. Other in-kind sponsors include Jim&rsquo;s Handyman Services, Classic Graphics, Peterson Technical Services and the Subway store located in the San Francisco Caltrain Station.&nbsp; ###&nbsp; About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jos&eacute;, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain About Silicon Valley Community Foundation Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. We engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to&nbsp;make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise&nbsp;committed to the belief that&nbsp;possibilities start here.&nbsp;Learn more at&nbsp;siliconvalleycf.org. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/9a5add50-d0b0-4eb3-946e-8f47b63be678 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meetings-electrification-redwood-city-north-fair-oaks-and-menlo-park" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meetings on Electrification in Redwood City, North Fair Oaks, and Menlo Park</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meetings-electrification-redwood-city-north-fair-oaks-and-menlo-park   Caltrain will host two community meetings to discuss the continued construction activities for the Caltrain Electrification project in Redwood City, North Fair Oaks, and Menlo Park. Upcoming construction activities along the Caltrain right-of-way in these cities will consist of utility potholing, and installation of the overhead contact system foundations and poles. Crews will also begin installation of the Traction Power Facility in Redwood City over the next few months. The meetings will be held at the following dates and locations:   November 28, 6:30 p.m. Downtown Redwood City Library, Community Room 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City   December 5, 6:30 p.m. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, Cypress Room 600 Alma St, Menlo Park The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. For more information, visit www.CalMod.org. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/d46a2036-6b30-4395-b798-f592e553d4fa <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-26" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-26 Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, November 26. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute.  From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022.   ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/d55f1b6d-d403-40ba-9d6b-64e6b3ecde8b <a href="/news/take-caltrain-harvest-festival-and-get-discounted-admission" hreflang="en">Take Caltrain to the Harvest Festival and Get Discounted Admission</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/take-caltrain-harvest-festival-and-get-discounted-admission   Art &amp; craft enthusiasts from throughout the Peninsula will flock to the 2018 Harvest Festival Original Art &amp; Craft Show at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. The festival will be held this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and Caltrain is on hand to get attendees there and back again. The Convention Center is a mile walk from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station, but attendees can transfer to VTA’s 902 to get to the convention center if air quality hasn’t improved by the weekend. The Harvest Festival has been held for 45 years in various locations throughout California. This year’s festival in San Jose will feature over hundreds of artisans, specializing in clothing, jewelry, specialty foods, toys, holiday decor and more. Patrons can listen to live music and entertainment, enjoy festival foods and visit a hands-on KidZone where kids can decorate gingerbread cookies. Passengers can receive a $2 discount for the event by picking up a Take One Harvest Festival brochure onboard trains and onboard SamTrans buses. For schedule and fare information or for help planning your trip, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com.                                                                                                     ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than four years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad is celebrating 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reducing diesel emissions 84 percent by 2040 and adding more service to more stations.   Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/23015bdf-b34c-4031-afb7-d1d2c81fa279 <a href="/news/caltrain-and-samtrans-adjust-schedule-thanksgiving-holiday-1" hreflang="en">Caltrain and SamTrans to Adjust Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-and-samtrans-adjust-schedule-thanksgiving-holiday-1 Caltrain will operate alternative schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 22, and the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 23. SamTrans will operate its regular Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day and regular weekday non-school day service the day after Thanksgiving, giving consumers more travel options for the busiest shopping day of the year.  Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22Caltrain will operate a holiday schedule between the San Francisco and San Jose Diridon stations, with shuttle service to and from the Tamien station. Train service will not operate south of San Jose Diridon. The schedule will include two northbound and southbound Baby Bullet trains. SamTrans will operate its regular Sunday service, which is less frequent than the weekday schedule and does not include routes that specifically serve schools or do not operate on a normal Sunday. Day After Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23 Caltrain will run a modified schedule between the San Francisco and San Jose Diridon stations. The modified schedule includes one round-trip train between Gilroy and San Francisco, with modified shuttle service between the San Jose Diridon and Tamien Caltrain stations. SamTrans will operate its regular weekday non-school day service schedule. More information about SamTrans and Caltrain modified holiday schedules can be found online at www.caltrain.com/holidays and www.samtrans.com/holidays. Please note the administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans, will be closed on Thanksgiving, and the day after Thanksgiving. Caltrain customer service is available on Thanksgiving 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the day after Thanksgiving 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/d77b3604-efae-4f28-badb-fd050a9a5eec <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-25" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-25   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, November 19. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/00107bfc-cb62-44de-8fe4-1b8139c213c2 <a href="/news/caltrain-seeks-representatives-bicycle-advisory-committee-0" hreflang="en">Caltrain seeks representatives for Bicycle Advisory Committee</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-seeks-representatives-bicycle-advisory-committee-0 Caltrain is seeking applicants for its Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), which serves as the primary venue for the interests and perspectives of bicyclists to be integrated into the Caltrain planning processes. The committee is comprised of nine volunteer members from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.  One member from each county represents a public agency staff member, a bicycle advocacy organization member and a Caltrain bike passenger from the general public.  The current openings accepting applications include: San Francisco County bike organization San Francisco County general public San Mateo County general public Santa Clara County bike organization Applications are due Friday, November 30, and are available at www.caltrain.com/bac or by calling 650.508.6391. The BAC meets every other month at 5:45 p.m. in San Carlos, just one block from the San Carlos Caltrain Station.  All meetings are open to the public.   ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at www.caltrain.com and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.     fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3b3ec0f8-6584-4100-8ab2-2aea091cdf18 <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-24" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-24   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, November 12. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains. During work weekends, SamTrans will be providing free bus service to connect Caltrain riders traveling between the San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station, and Bayshore Station. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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.  Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/3c5627f5-5fcb-432d-8b3c-8fcb3f21fd07 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-25th-avenue-grade-separation-project" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-25th-avenue-grade-separation-project   Caltrain will host a community meeting on the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project on Tuesday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the CalMod Outreach Office at 2121 South El Camino Real, Suite A-100 in San Mateo. The meeting will include an overview of the project and an update on construction and the project’s timeline. This grade separation project has been a goal of Caltrain and the City of San Mateo for many years. The separation will allow traffic to pass under the tracks at 25th Avenue, as well as under new east-west connections at 28th and 31st Avenues. Benefits of the project include reducing local traffic congestion, increasing safety for drivers and pedestrians, and reducing train horn noise in the area. In addition, the project will result in a new, modernized Hillsdale Station that is scheduled to open in 2019. Groundbreaking occurred for the project in October 2017. Construction work has been ongoing since then, including relocation of utilities; the building of bridge abutments and girders; and crews are starting to install the retaining walls. While a majority of the construction activities are taking place during the day, some activities need to be conducted during nights and weekends outside of normal train service hours, due to their close proximity to the railroad tracks. Neighbors may experience construction noise and light during these times and can sign up for a weekly construction notice at www.caltrain.com/25thGS. The project, funded by a combination of City, State, High Speed Rail Authority and San Mateo County Measure A funds, is estimated to cost $180 million. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain  Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/41409b82-e06c-41f7-b41f-3011eff7c71d <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meetings-business-plan" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meetings on Business Plan</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meetings-business-plan   Caltrain will host a series of community meetings on its Business Plan in order to give the public an overview of the plan process and an opportunity to provide feedback. The Business Plan’s strategy and scope were approved by the Joint Powers Board (JPB) in February. When complete, the plan will define the long-term vision for the fast-growing commuter rail system that connects San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Caltrain is collaborating with policymakers, stakeholders, Caltrain riders, and community members to make sure the Caltrain Business Plan considers everyone’s needs. The Caltrain Board of Directors was recently given an update showing that long range demand for Caltrain service could increase by up to 300 percent, with 243,000 daily riders by 2040. Over the coming months, the Business Plan will analyze the choices the railroad will face as it considers options for growing service to meet this expanded demand. The meetings will be held at the following locations:   November 13, 6-8 p.m. San Mateo County Transit District Auditorium 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos  November 14, 6-8 p.m. Mission Creek Senior Center 930 4th Street, San Francisco November 26, 6-8 p.m. Rose Garden Library 1580 Naglee Avenue, San Jose ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/b4d5fca4-9e57-432b-bb7a-bafc2b84d6fe <a href="/news/caltrains-coo-bouchard-named-2018-women-rail" hreflang="en">Caltrain’s COO Bouchard Named to 2018 Women in Rail</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrains-coo-bouchard-named-2018-women-rail   Caltrain’s Chief Operating Officer Michelle Bouchard was recognized as one of Railway Journal’s 2018 Women in Rail. The award comes in recognition of her industry experience, leadership skills, contributions to the rail industry, and her involvement in community service. Bouchard has a long history with Caltrain, having spent 14 years in its Rail Transportation Department, where among other things, she conceptualized the agency’s Baby Bullet service before leaving to be a group manager for BART, where she led the eBART and Oakland Airport Connector projects. Upon her return to Caltrain as COO in 2015, she has presided over a system with growing ridership that will greatly expand its service capacity in 2022 with the launch of the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project. “We’re very proud of Michelle for everything she does to deliver a rail service that a growing number of Bay Area residents depend on every day,” said Caltrain Executive Director Jim Hartnett. “Thanks to her efforts, 65,000 daily riders are able to make smarter travel choices today, and future riders can look forward to expanded service, improved reliability, and faster travel times. We truly would not be able to deliver these benefits to the region without Michelle’s incredible commitment to her work.” The Women in Rail campaign is now in its second year. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/b970684d-dbe3-4694-9b0f-31b901764374 <a href="/news/caltrain-switches-100-percent-renewable-energy-community-choice-energy-programs" hreflang="en">Caltrain Switches to 100 Percent Renewable Energy from Community Choice Energy Programs</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-switches-100-percent-renewable-energy-community-choice-energy-programs   The Caltrain Board of Directors voted to enroll with San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE), a Community Clean Energy (CCE) program, to provide energy to Caltrain facilities in the city of San Jose. This decision means that 100 percent of Caltrain’s power comes from renewable sources starting in 2019. Last March, Caltrain enrolled with five other CCE programs throughout its corridor that have provided approximately half of the electricity used by the system. At the time, San Jose did not have a CCE program, but the city of San Jose voted to create SJCE in May 2017 and the agency is scheduled to begin service in March of next year. Enrolling with SJCE will eliminate approximately 660 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of the annual carbon footprint of over 1.6 million passenger vehicle miles at a cost only 4.8 percent higher than it would have been with PG&amp;E. This estimate does not account for Caltrain’s electricity consumption post-electrification, but staff is currently evaluating the agency’s options. This past September, California enacted Senate Bill 100 which requires that the state’s electricity come from 100 percent greenhouse gas-free sources by 2045. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow on Twitter @Caltrain. Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287. fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/9bf45997-7334-4406-965b-5ac59a7b84c7 <a href="/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-belmont" hreflang="en">Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on Electrification in Belmont</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-hold-public-meeting-electrification-belmont   Caltrain will host a community meeting to discuss how continued construction for the Caltrain Electrification project will affect Belmont. The meeting will take place at Belmont City Hall at 1 Twin Pines Lane on Thursday, November 8, at 6 p.m. Construction activities along the Caltrain right-of-way in Belmont this month will consist of utility potholing, and installation of the overhead contact system foundations and poles. The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program that will electrify the corridor from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to approximately the Tamien Station in San Jose, and replace diesel-hauled trains with electric trains. Electrification will improve Caltrain’s system performance, enable more frequent and/or faster train service, and reduce long-term environmental impact by reducing noise, improving regional air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Caltrain Electrification is scheduled to be operational by 2022. For more information, visit www.CalMod.org. ### About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain Free translation assistance is available. Para traducción llama al 1.800.660.4287; 如需翻譯,請電 1.800.660.4287.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/222fd109-b0dd-46aa-80e5-f15478827472 <a href="/news/caltrain-launches-bike-access-survey" hreflang="en">Caltrain Launches Bike Access Survey</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/caltrain-launches-bike-access-survey   Caltrain has launched a Bike Access Survey to help gauge public opinion on efforts to support bikes and bike riders at Caltrain stations. The survey will inform implementation of Caltrain’s Bicycle Parking Management Plan, which was adopted last November and is intended to increase access to bike parking facilities throughout the system. Data from the survey will be used to help determine priorities for bike parking and bike share options at stations. Currently, Caltrain carries over 6,000 bikes per day, more than any other commuter rail service in the country. With the technologies available for bike parking and bike sharing rapidly expanding in recent years, Caltrain hopes to start offering amenities to better manage the demand for onboard bike capacity. The survey is open to all Caltrain riders until Sunday, November 11. ###  About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. 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. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain.   fpadmin https://www.caltrain.com/cee982bd-0042-4aef-bee5-256564be31dd <a href="/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-22" hreflang="en">Monday Morning Commute Service to Resume Following Weekend Closure for Electrification Work</a> https://www.caltrain.com/news/monday-morning-commute-service-resume-following-weekend-closure-electrification-22   Caltrain’s tunnel work for the weekend is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., Monday, October 29. Weekday service will proceed as normal for the morning commute. From October 2018 to spring 2019, Caltrain will perform weekend work on the four train tunnels in San Francisco to pave the way for Caltrain Electrification and to bring the tracks to a state of good repair. In order to accommodate the new electric trains, crews will create additional clearance