Caltrain to add 10 more Baby Bullet expresses Monday
- Published Thursday, July 28, 2005, in the San Mateo Daily Journal
Caltrain to add 10 baby bullets
Caltrain is giving birth to 10 new Baby Bullet trains beginning
Monday, Caltrain spokeswoman Janet McGovern announced.
The addition of 10 Baby Bullet trains and five new Baby Bullet
station stops is all part of Caltrain's latest effort to attract
commuters and get back on track from a projected $13.6 million
shortfall, McGovern said in a statement.
"Instead of cutting a great service to reduce our deficit, we have
adjusted to meet the needs of today's commuters. Providing them with
a shorter commute will give them more time for themselves," Caltrain
board chair Mike Nevin said in a statement.
Baby Bullet trains offer express travel service between San Jose and
San Francisco. The trains are popular with passengers because they
nearly cut the commute time in half, according to the Caltrain Web
The 10 new trains will bring Caltrain's total fleet of Baby Bullets
to 22, McGovern reported.
Combined with Caltrain's normal service trains, the number of
weekday trains will be at an all time high of 96, according to
Baby Bullet trains are scheduled to stop at the San Mateo, Redwood
City, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale, and Tamien stations in addition to
those already receiving the service, Caltrain reported.
The new stops are being matched with two new schedule patterns.
The first pattern has Baby Bullets picking up passengers at the San
Jose Diridon, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Hillsdale, Millbrae, and
22nd Street stations before reaching the Fourth Street station in
The second pattern has the train making stops at Tamien, San Jose
Diridon, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Mateo, Millbrae, and 22nd
Street stations before ending at the Fourth Street station in
San Francisco. However, some stations only receive service
during "traditional-peak" and "reverse-commute" hours only, Caltrain
As for local service, trains leaving San Francisco and San Jose
will make limited stops until they reach Redwood City, according to
Caltrain. Once the train leaves the Redwood City station, it will
make local stops for the remainder of the trip.
But the benefit of faster trips for most commuters comes with a cost
for some riders.
According to McGovern, about 4 percent of existing riders will need
to transfer trains to get to their final destinations as a result of
the new service patterns.
Caltrain representatives will be on deck at the Broadway, Redwood
City, and Atherton stations Aug. 1 to help riders with the
transfers, McGovern said.
Service to three stations -- Paul Avenue in San Francisco, Broadway
in Burlingame and Atherton -- was suspended on weekdays, though
Caltrain will continue to serve the latter two stations on weekends.
Free shuttles will take riders between the Broadway and Millbrae
stations and between Atherton and Redwood City during the weekday
peak period, with funding provided by the San Mateo County
Consequently SamTrans will change 14 bus routes that serve San Mateo
County Caltrain stations Aug. 1.
Timetables are available online at www.samtrans.com. Copies of the
new schedule are available on the trains, at staffed stations, and
on-line at <http://www.caltrain.com>. Riders can also call 1-800-660-
4287 to hear the new schedule.