Major League Soccer season is back in the Bay Area and Caltrain is a winning choice for fans going to the San Jose Earthquakes home opener at noon on Sunday.

The Earthquakes will kick off their season against the Colorado Rapid at Avaya Stadium, the 18,000-seat complex in San Jose that opened up last year. To reach the stadium, Earthquake backers 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 bus route for a free, short trip to the stadium.

Caltrain’s weekend schedule offers hourly service to the Santa Clara station. The VTA Line 10 takes about 10 minutes to travel from the Santa Clara station to Avaya Stadium.

With coach Dominic Kinnear back for his second stint with the club and goal-scoring machine Chris Wondolowski returning, the Earthquakes have high hopes for this upcoming MLS season.

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.

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.

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.

For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit


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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