Tunnel Vision: Caltrain Will Stop S.F. Weekend Trains Until 2019

The path to electrification means Bayshore will be the final stop starting in October.

Caltrain workers move about the platforms at the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Starting in October, consider Caltrain nonexistent in San Francisco during the weekends until 2019.

Caltrain weekend service to and from San Francisco is stopping dead in its tracks to in order to complete tunnel work, a precursor to electrifying the system. Weekend trains will stop running at Bayshore Caltrain Station beginning Oct. 6 until late spring, impacting riders who stop or board at Fourth and King and 22nd Street stations.

Riders can still take a free bus service between Bayshore and Fourth and King stations, though Caltrain cautions to plan for “additional travel time.” The bus schedule will be included in the weekend timetable but at different times than the standard train timetable, which “Caltrain” ambassadors at impacted stations can assist with.

While the Fourth and King station lobby will stay open to keep bathrooms, ticket machines, and other businesses running, the 22nd Street station will be closed. Clipper and ticket machines will not be accessible so riders at 22nd Street can buy tickets at Bayshore after riding the free bus.

Weekend service will briefly return on Jan. 5-6, presumably to not anger football fans attending the NCAA college football playoffs at Levi’s Stadium. For other transportation options that don’t further flood city streets with rideshare cars, Caltrain outlined routes available on BART, Muni, and SamTrans.

Though the tunnel project lays the groundwork for modernizing Caltrain, riders aren’t expected to ride electric-run trains until 2022.

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