Caltrain will be changing its train schedule starting early next month to cope with the growing numbers of riders bogging down stops at several stations along the rail corridor.
Ridership on Caltrain increased to an average of more than 60,000 weekday riders, forcing Caltrain to operate at or beyond 100 percent capacity during peak hours, according to a Caltrain press release. The rising demand is causing trains to stop at stations for longer periods as a growing number of passengers get on board.
The weekly timetable will be adjusted by several minutes per train to better reflect actual departure times at each station, according to the press release. The new timetable will take effect starting Monday, April 4, and can be viewed online at www.caltrain.com/newtimetable.
The increase in ridership has been particularly tough for bicyclists, who are not allowed onto crowded train cars because of lack of space. Concurrent with the timetable changes, Caltrain will be adding a third bike car to its Bombardier-style trains to increase bike capacity from 48 to 72 bikes.
In 2014, Caltrain added 16 used rail cars to the system in order to meet growing demand, and officials are currently considering requests to add an additional bullet train service.
Anyone seeking more information on the new Caltrain schedule can call 1-800-660-4287.