Starting Monday, June 15, Caltrain will increase service to 70 trains per weekday, up from the current 42, as the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order restrictions ease.
Service frequency will increase to up to three trains per hour during the peak commute. Also, Limited trains will return to operation with a newly designed skip-stop service with fewer stops “to reduce travel times and increase passenger flow for high-traffic stations to avoid crowding,” the transit agency said.
“Under the new skip-stop system, limited trains will travel closely together serving high-demand stations while alternating service to lower-demand stops,” Caltrain said. “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.”
In addition, the new timetable will allow up to about 10 minutes for transfers between Caltrain and BART at the Millbrae Transit Center.
Due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, average weekday ridership has dropped from 65,000 to 1,300, according to Caltrain.
“At this time, the agency is planning for a gradual return of ridership and will continue analyzing passenger data to track evolving trends,” the transit agency said.