It’s the Year of the Monkey, but attendees watching the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year’s Festival & Parade don’t have to go bananas dealing with the hassle of parking and traffic in San Francisco. Caltrain is an easy and convenient travel option for Peninsula residents making the trip up to the city.
Caltrain’s Saturday schedule offers hourly service between San Jose and San Francisco, with two Baby Bullet express trains in each direction. At the San Francisco Caltrain Station, passengers can transfer to Muni’s nearby 30 and 45 bus lines or to the N-Judah light-rail line, which will take attendees to the parade. The parade route starts at 5:15 p.m. on Second and Market, travels along Post, Powell and Sutter streets before finishing along Kearny Street.
Caltrain’s last Saturday train leaves San Francisco at 12:01 a.m. and makes all weekend local stops to San Jose. Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that alcohol is not allowed on trains after 9 p.m. following special events
Named one of the top 10 parades in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association, the Chinese New Year’s Parade has been a tradition in San Francisco since the 1860s. Thousands of people attend the event, which celebrates the Lunar New Year. The parade features elaborately-designed floats, costumed performers, firecracker displays and much more.
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.
For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit 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.
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