Caltrain's Weeklong Suspension in San Jose to Spark Transit Revolution

Caltrain's Weeklong Suspension in San Jose to Spark Transit RevolutionSource: Don DeBold from San Jose, CA, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Eileen Vargas
Published on November 24, 2023

Starting next Monday, Caltrain will suspend service between San Jose Diridon and Tamien stations due to electrification construction work. Commuters will have to use alternative transportation for the duration of the week per Caltrain.

From November 27 to December 1, the last southbound train 146 will not run to Tamien, ending at Diridon instead, per Caltrain's announcement. This change will also affect the weekend schedule on December 2 and 3, with adjustments to the first northbound train 221 and the last southbound train 284; these runs on that weekend will start or finish their trips at Diridon station.

To bridge the service gap, Caltrain is providing a free substitute VTA bus service. For more information about bus schedules and stops during this period, travelers can find the details on the Caltrain website.

Caltrain's move to electrify incorporates modern features such as Wi-Fi and charging outlets, enhancing the travel experience for Silicon Valley's diverse passengers. The new trains will also include digital displays and baby-changing stations, aiming to attract commuters across various demographics.

The electrification project has ambitious environmental benefits, aiming to reduce emissions, improve air quality, and alleviate traffic congestion. It also sets the stage for the integration with California's future High-Speed Rail, catering to commuters across all socio-economic backgrounds by reducing noise and pollution.

The service expansion will increase peak weekday hours service from 66 to 79 trains per hour, and midday service will rise to 44 trains per hour. Caltrain is also rolling out promotional discounts to encourage ridership, including reduced parking fees to accommodate the varying needs of families and working individuals.