Caltrain will operate a Celebration Train on Monday, January 18, to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and tickets for the special service are still available.
The Celebration Train is a free service, but all passengers must register in advance for a commemorative ticket, which can be done here. A limited number of tickets remain for the event.
The Celebration Train will depart from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station at 9:45 a.m. It will make stops in Palo Alto at 10:05 a.m. and San Mateo at 10:22 a.m. before arriving in San Francisco by 10:55 a.m. There is no special southbound service, but Celebration Train tickets will be accepted on southbound trains departing San Francisco after 1 p.m. that day.
For more than 30 years, Caltrain coordinated with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley to operate a special Freedom Train on MLK Jr. Day. In an effort led by King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, Freedom Trains operated in areas across the country, as a way to commemorate the historic 54-mile march from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama that King and other civil rights’ pioneers embarked upon in 1965.
Last year was the final journey of Caltrain’s Freedom Train, but the rail agency is continuing to honor the late civil rights icon by partnering with the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorCalMLK) for the Celebration Train.
The Celebration Train will feature the theme The Reality of the Dream, and will focus on the progress made with the civil rights movement, while examining the present reality and the commitment to a brighter future.
More information about the Celebration Train can be found here.
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.
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