Caltrain to add weekend 'Baby Bullet' trains

New service to start Jan. 1, 2011

Caltrain will be adding express service to its regular schedule of trains traveling between San Francisco and San Jose on weekends.

The transit agency announced Thursday that beginning Jan. 1, 2011, Caltrain will introduce its "Baby Bullet" service on weekends, four trains that will make seven stops between San Jose and San Francisco. Regular weekend trains currently make more than 20 stops on north and southbound routes.

Caltrain officials said the new service, which will initially run as a pilot project for three months, is a response to public requests for faster weekend trips from the Peninsula to San Francisco.

Caltrain is also trying new ways to boost ridership and revenue in the face of a projected $2.3 million budget gap for its 2011 fiscal year. The new Baby Bullet train will make two roundtrips between San Francisco and San Jose, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, according to Caltrain.

More information on the schedule in on Caltrain's website.

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Posted by Ex Cal trainer
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Too bad it's taken Caltrain THIS long to figure out that adding trains might increase ridership (not cutting service!) I bet this measure will be too-little-too-late and unsuccessful since the people who might have taken it have long since taken to driving where they want to go.

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Posted by Sigh
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Dec 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Can't wait to see the tax-funded cost per rider THIS brainchild brings in!

Of course, the ExCal trainer has the excuse ready made...

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Posted by commuter
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Caltrain is a much more efficient way to get people up and down the peninsula than building more highways. Caltrain needs to get a bigger chunk of the Caltrans budget. Why do car drivers get a free ride, but train passengers have to pay their own way?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I just hope that Caltrain's move to weekend Baby Bullet service doesn't mean less frequent service in exchange for shorter travel times. They are already often plenty busy on the weekend. I've been on trains on the weekend that were packed to the "gills" with standing room only and answers to the question of where people were headed were for all over the city, not one particular event.

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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Dec 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm

In the trial period, there are 4 extra trains (2 each way).

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