Service Information

To finish critical Electrification testing in time to begin passenger service in fall 2024, Caltrain will be adjusting morning and late night rail service in February and March 2024. Riders should avoid Caltrain and seek alternative transportation if they are planning to travel during these times.

 

Weekend of March 9-10

Bus service for Caltrain-dependent riders will replace the first three southbound trains (#221, 225, 229)and the first four northbound trains (#224, 228, 232, 236) between San Francisco to Mountain View. Please review the timetable to find updated bus and train schedules. 

Replacement bus service will only stop at selected stations: San Francisco, Millbrae, Hillsdale, Redwood City, Palo Alto, and Mountain View. There will be no replacement bus or train service at other stations between San Francisco and Mountain View during these times.

Riders should avoid Caltrain and seek alternative transportation (see below) if they are planning to travel during these times. 

Buses will have limited capacity for luggage and bikes. Use bike parking options, which are available at most stations. Buses will have ADA accessible vans available for each route. We encourage all passengers to plan ahead and use alternative transportation options when possible.

If you are using a Clipper Card while traveling on both the bus bridge and rail service, please remember to tap your card or smart device at the Clipper® reader upon boarding the train and again upon exiting the train at your final destination.

 

There will be regular train service starting with northbound train #237 departing San Jose at 12:12 p.m. and southbound train #236 departing San Francisco at 11:58 a.m. 

  • Southbound Train #280: Departs San Francisco Station at 10:28 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than regularly scheduled. Train will be renumbered as #680. 
  • Last Northbound Train #281: Canceled. No replacement bus service.
  • Last Southbound Train #284: Canceled. No replacement bus service.

Riders should seek alternative transportation if they are planning to travel during these times. 

There will be regular weekday service throughout March. Regular weekend service will resume on March 23.

 

Additional Information

Refer to the table below for bus pick-up locations where shutdowns apply.

Local weekend Caltrain service will be replaced with a lifeline bus bridge between San Francisco and Mountain View stations for Caltrain dependent riders. Use alternative transportation options, including transferring to BART at Millbrae, during these weekends. 

Buses will have limited capacity for luggage and bikes. Use bike parking options, which are available at most stations. Buses will be ADA accessible or will have ADA accessible vans available for each route. We encourage all passengers to plan ahead and use alternative transportation options when available.

If you are using a Clipper Card while traveling on both the bus bridge and rail service, please remember to tap your card or smart device at the Clipper® reader upon boarding the train and again upon exiting the train at your final destination.

Caltrain customers using the bus bridge do not need to make an additional payment.


Southbound: In the loading zone adjacent to the southbound Caltrain platform

Bus Stop Location

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San Francisco

Pick-up: On 4th St., in front of the station building







Drop-off: On Townsend St., near the 5th St. intersection (Loading Zone "D")

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Millbrae

At the bus stops adjacent to the southbound Caltrain platform.

 

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Hillsdale

Northbound: On north curb of E 28th Ave, under station overpass







Southbound: On south curb of E 28th Ave, under station overpass

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Redwood City

In bus lanes adjacent to the southbound Caltrain platform (Lane A)

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Palo Alto

Northbound: On Alma St at the Everett Ave intersection






 

Southbound: In the loading zone adjacent to the southbound Caltrain platform

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Mountain View

On the curb directly adjacent to the southbound Caltrain platform, within the Caltrain parking lot

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We encourage riders to plan ahead and consider alternative transportation options. Riders can also use transit planning services like Google Maps, Apple Maps, or the Transit App.

Some alternatives to Caltrain include:

SamTrans ECR – Palo Alto to Daly City via El Camino Real

SamTrans 292 – Hillsdale Caltrain Station to San Francisco

BART Red/Yellow Line – Millbrae to San Francisco via Daly City

Amtrak Capitol Corridor – San Jose to Oakland via East Bay

VTA 21 - Palo Alto to Santa Clara

Why is Caltrain temporarily suspending weekend service in certain areas?

The Caltrain Electrification Project will provide passengers with greener, faster, and more frequent service, and is nearing its final phase as we prepare for the start of passenger service in 2024. In 2023, we need to do intensive work along the corridor to complete critical construction and testing activities. To minimize the impact on weekday service and to ensure the project is completed safely and on time, Caltrain will be suspending rail service in select areas on weekends throughout the year starting in mid-February.

Visit the Caltrain Electrification Construction page for updates on the latest construction activities and testing.

Do I have to pay to ride the bus service during these weekends?

If you are using a Clipper Card while traveling on both the bus bridge and rail service, please remember to tap your card at the Clipper® reader upon boarding the train and again upon exiting the train at your final destination. Caltrain customers using the bus bridge portion of their trip do not need to make an additional payment.

How do I use a Clipper Card when the stations are closed?

If you are using a Clipper Card while traveling on both the bus bridge and rail service, please remember to tap your card upon boarding the train and again upon exiting the train at your final destination. Caltrain customers using the bus bridge portion of their trip do not need to make an additional payment.

Are the buses ADA accessible?

Yes, the replacement bus service will be operated by SamTrans and Compass Transit and will have ADA accessible service. Please note that capacity will be limited. We encourage all passengers to plan ahead and use alternative transportation options when available.

Can I bring my bike onboard the bus?

Customers are allowed to place their bikes on bike racks; however, please note that space is limited to a maximum of 2 bikes at a time on each bus and there may be as few as two buses on a given trip. Use alternative transit options when possible and consider using bike parking options that are available at every affected station. More information at www.caltrain.com/bikes.

Who do I contact if I left an item on the bus during the bus bridge?

Please fill out the lost and found form at www.caltrain.com/lost.

Who should I contact with additional questions about the service impacts?

For more questions, riders can call Caltrain Customer Service, Weekdays: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Weekends & Holidays: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., at 1.800.660.4287.