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Caltrain sees ridership bump as COVID-19 lockdown eases

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Caltrain’s ridership has reached 3,200 riders per day, more than double its lowest point of 1,500 riders per day during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place period, as public health officials ease restrictions, according to the transit agency. Before the pandemic, Caltrain’s weekday average was 65,000 passengers.

After reducing service down to 42 trains per weekday at the onset of the shelter-in-place order, the transit agency recently increased the frequency to 70 trains per weekday while launching a “skip-stop” system to avoid crowding.

In a statement today, Caltrain said it is “continuing to monitor ridership to ensure that enough capacity exists to allow riders to maintain a healthy distance from each other.”

The transit agency said it has also significantly stepped up cleaning and sanitizing of trains and stations.

“At this time, no employees that work on board or in a maintenance capacity have been infected with COVID-19,” the agency said.