The Caltrain Board of Directors voted unanimously Dec. 5 to add one northbound and one southbound train Monday through Friday evenings. This addition raises the number of trains per day from 96 to 98.
Under the new schedule, evening trains will leave San Francisco and San Jose every hour on the half hour starting at 7:30 p.m., and ending at 10:30 p.m. All evening trains will stop at all regular stations along the route — except Atherton and Broadway/Burlingame, which were dropped two years ago. For late nighters, a final southbound train will still leave San Francisco at 12:01 a.m.
"This is a great example of collaboration between communities and a public agency," said San Mateo County supervisor and Caltrain board member Jerry Hill. He and the staff have been working with an organization called Citizens for Expanded Transit Service (CETS) to improve service.
In a statement, CETS welcomed the schedule change as an "incremental positive step toward improving area-wide transit."
But the organization, which includes present and ex-council members from several Peninsula cities, still wants additional trains and renewed service for Atherton and Burlingame.
"More train stops are crucial to adding jobs and housing without worsening traffic congestion," said Menlo Park City Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson. "As of this week, we have several hundred new jobs in Menlo Park that are an easy walk from the train station. We need more stops in more cities during peak commute hours."
Even though Caltrain continues to wrestle with budget deficits, the additional service has been made possible by efficiencies in operating costs connected with the opening of a new maintenance facility in San Jose, according to a Caltrain press release.
For the new schedule, go to www.Caltrain.com.