Freedom Train to stop in Palo Alto today

Trip to San Francisco commemorates 1965 civil-rights march, honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Freedom Train will stop in Palo Alto today (Jan. 17) to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 civil-rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

The train will take passengers from San Jose to San Francisco and is scheduled to stop at the University Avenue Caltrain station in Palo Alto at 9:59 a.m.

The ride will end in San Francisco, where riders can participate in a march to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The event is hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley.

Jan. 17 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day nationwide.

Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. Organizers are asking participants to arrive 30 minutes before departure.

There is no special return train, but the tickets are good for a return trip on southbound trains departing San Francisco after 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at

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