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Caltrain service reduced to allow for repairs following collision

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Caltrain is operating on a reduced schedule for at least this week to allow for repairs caused after a train and vehicle collided in San Bruno on Thursday, injuring 13 people.

The transit agency had previously planned for a reduced schedule this week to accomodate Caltrain Electrification work in San Mateo and Burlingame. That work has been delayed but will happen “in the immediate future,” the transit agency said.

Caltrain is running 88 trains per day instead of 104 during this time period, and Bullet service has been suspended. Three trains continue to run per hour in each direction between the hours of 5:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. There are no changes to weekday midday and evening service, or to weekend service. The schedule for the changes can be viewed here.

“Trains will be single-tracking through Broadway, Burlingame, San Mateo, Hayward Park and Hillsdale stations, so riders using those stations should be sure to pay attention to signage and announcements to make sure they are waiting at the correct platform at the station,” according to the transit agency. “Additionally, trains will be single-tracking through Millbrae, San Bruno and South San Francisco for the beginning of the week while crews repair tracks damaged by Thursday’s collision involving a Southbound Caltrain train and on-track equipment.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun its investigation into the collision.

“We understand that these past few days have been emotionally trying for our passengers, employees and the communities we serve, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigate this process,” said Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. “While NTSB investigates what happened on Thursday, it is important that we continue, safely, with our critical plans to upgrade and improve our system through our Electrification project. As always, we are prioritizing safety at every step of these operations. We want to assure our customers once again that Caltrain will be able to carry them to where they are going in a safe, reliable and dependable manner”.