Caltrain

Thousands of people depend on Caltrain every day as a convenient and sustainable way to commute between San Francisco and the Peninsula. The SF Bicycle Coalition continues to work on improving access and capacity on Caltrain so you can combine bikes and transit to get around.

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Since 2004, the number of passengers bringing their bike on Caltrain has grown 364%. Thanks to our advocacy and Caltrain’s leadership, bike capacity was increased in 2009 to include two bike cars for every train. While this was a huge help for the many who need their bike to commute every day to and from Caltrain, people continue to get “bumped” every day due to limited bike capacity. Join our campaign today and support our work in advocating for bikes and transit.

Take Action

Signature_746x262Got bumped? Submit your report here.

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Our Current Work

Caltrain is renewing their Strategic Plan, which will “establish a common vision for the agency and will frame key policy, service and investment decisions over the next 10 years.” Our formal comment has been submitted and published here. Included in this letter, our recommendations to Caltrain are to:

  1. Increase bicycle capacity on Caltrain in the near-term and long-term
    • Retrofit at least half of the Bombardier cars into bike cars as part of the near-term purchase
    • Conduct analysis on other near-term improvements to increase bike capacity with results published publicly
    • Increase bike capacity on the new car purchase as part of Caltrain electrification and modernization
  2. Increase wayside facilities to increase secure bicycle parking at Caltrain stations
  3. Allow for priority boarding for passengers with bicycles on bike cars in order to speed the boarding process for all passengers
  4. Develop a system for communicating real-time bike capacity
  5. Develop a plan for integrating Bay Area Bike Share expansion into the future of Caltrain

How You Can Get Involved

1. Submit your bike bump regularly. Right now, Caltrain only records bumps as part of their annual ridership report. Our BIKES ONboard team compiles all the submissions and we publish this information regularly. The more you are able to submit, the more accurate our information is!

2. Attend a Caltrain meeting. There are three regular meetings where you can speak directly to decision makers at Caltrain.

  • Joint Powers Board
  • Caltrain Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Caltrain Bicycle Advisory Committee

3. Make sure you know the rules! Not sure how to bring your bike on Caltrain? Take a look at the rules and be a respectful passenger to others.

History

Caltrain has been a leader when it comes to bikes and transit, but the work of bicycle advocates have come a long way.

1982: Southern Pacific Railroad introduces a four-month demonstration project, allowing 4 bikes in the aisle of the cab car

1992: Caltrain is established and bike space is created, allowing 8 bikes per train

1996: Caltrain increases the bike space, allowing 24 bikes per train

2002: Caltrain increases to 32 bike on Gallery cars but only 16 bikes on new Bombardier cars

2004: Caltrain Strategic Plan recommends “improved access” for bicycles and states that Caltrain must “encourage bicycling and walking to stations by providing related facilities and amenities”

2009: Caltrain’s Board of Directors approves a plan to increase capacity to its current state of two bike cars per train, which holds 80 bikes per Gallery and 48 bikes per Bombardier