Caltrain To Run Special Service for SF Pride Festival This Weekend

TwitterIconV2-PrideIt will be a special time in San Francisco this weekend for the 46th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade and Caltrain will be providing extra service to make sure that everyone can enjoy in the festivities.

The Pride weekend kicks off at noon on Saturday with a celebration at the San Francisco Civic Center. Sunday’s parade will start at 10:30 a.m. at Beale and Market streets.

To accommodate the crowds for Sunday, Caltrain will be operating five special northbound trains. The trains will depart from the Palo Alto Caltrain Station at 8:38 a.m., 9:38 a.m., 10:38 a.m., 11:05 a.m. and 11:38 a.m. Those trains will make all local weekend stops en route to San Francisco. Passengers should be aware that those trains will be posted on Caltrain’s visual message signs as S01, S03, S05, S07 and S09.

In addition to the special trains, Caltrain weekend’s schedule offers hourly service to and from San Francisco, along with four Baby Bullet express trains. The first train arrives in San Francisco at 8:38 a.m. on Saturday and 9:38 a.m. on Sunday. The last train leaves San Francisco at midnight on Saturday and 9:15 p.m. on Sunday.

This year’s Pride theme will focus on economic and racial justice, and will take on particularly special meaning following the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando earlier this month.

Customers should be prepared for crowded trains as Caltrain will also be providing service for the San Francisco Giants games occurring this weekend.  Open alcoholic beverages aren’t permitted on Caltrain beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days.

At the San Francisco Caltrain Station, located at Fourth and King streets, passengers can transfer to Muni’s nearby 30-Stockton and 45-Union bus lines, the E-Embarcadero historic street car line, or to the N-Judah light-rail line, which will take attendees directly to the parade.

Caltrain is a proof-of-purchase system. Tickets must be purchased before boarding the train at station ticket machines, or customers can use a valid Clipper card. For fare and schedule information, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit http://www.caltrain.com.

Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5 for the day, and permits can be purchased at station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day.

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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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Will Reisman
Public Relations Specialist
Caltrain/SamTrans/SMCTA
O: (650) 508-7704
M: 415-420-0905
@WillReisman

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