With a potential spot in the Rose Bowl on the line, college football fans won’t want to miss one minute of action in Saturday’s Pac-12 Championship Game, which is why they should make Caltrain part of their trip to the contest at Levi’s Stadium.
The clash—featuring local squad Stanford University against longtime conference rival USC—will kick off at 4:45 p.m. Along with its regular weekend schedule, Caltrain will be operating a special Baby Bullet prior train prior to the contest. That train will depart the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 1:59 p.m. and will make stops at regular Baby Bullet train stations before arriving at the Mountain View Caltrain Station at 2:49 p.m.
From the Mountain View station, fans can board Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s light rail vehicles to the stadium in Santa Clara. This last segment of the trip will take about a half hour.
Following the game, Caltrain will operate a special northbound train. That train will depart approximately 75 minutes after the game, or when full. It will make all local stops to San Francisco.
After topping the 10-win plateau for the fifth time in six years, Stanford enters the contest as a strong favorite against USC, but the Trojans will be looking to rebound from a disappointing season with a win and a subsequent berth in the Rose Bowl.
Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at ticket machines at the stations. Fans are encouraged to purchase an adult joint Caltrain/VTA Day Pass at Caltrain ticket machines to avoid long lines after the game. The pass costs $6 more than the regular adult Caltrain Day Pass, but it is valid for unlimited rides within zone limits on Caltrain through the last train of the day and until 3 a.m. on VTA.
Customers using Clipper e-cash save 50 cents for each one-way trip. Clipper cash value and 8-ride Ticket customers must tag on at their origin station and again at their destination station. Those transferring to VTA Light rail need to tag on at a VTA Clipper machine before boarding VTA light rail. VTA payment is good for two hours and does not require tagging off at the destination station.
Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that alcohol is not allowed on game day trains beginning at 9 p.m. Food and beverage aren’t allowed on VTA at any time.
For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.)
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.
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.