Two powerhouse soccer clubs from Mexico will square off Saturday in San Jose, and Caltrain is the winning answer for getting to the match on time.
Club Chivas and Club Atlas, two longtime rivals from the Mexican city of Guadalajara, will play at 8 p.m. at Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes’ new 18,000-seat home field in San Jose.
To reach the stadium, soccer fans can travel on Caltrain to the Santa Clara station, where they will be able to transfer to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s Line 10 for a free, short trip to the stadium.
Caltrain’s weekend schedule offers hourly service to the Santa Clara station. VTA’s Line 10 takes about 10 minutes to travel from the Santa Clara station to Avaya Stadium.
The last northbound train is scheduled to depart from the Santa Clara Caltrain Station at 10:35 p.m., so fans should plan accordingly. Caltrain will hold the train for up to 15 minutes to accommodate the crowds, but it will leave no later than 10:50 p.m.
The meetings between the two Guadalajaran teams are known as the Clásico Tapatío. Dating back to 1916, it is the oldest rivalry in Mexico soccer. Residents of Guadalajara are known as Tapatíos.
Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at vending machines at the stations. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass. Clipper card users (cash value and 8-ride tickets) are reminded to tag on and tag off.
Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day.
Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open containers of alcohol are not allowed on trains after 9 p.m. following special events.
For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit http://www.caltrain.com.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.