It’s once again been a long offseason for the 49ers, but football is finally back in the Bay Area and Caltrain is the fans’ choice for traveling to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
With a new coach in Chip Kelly and a revamped offense, things are looking up for the 49ers, who will open up their preseason schedule with a home game against the Houston Texans this Sunday.
Kickoff for that game is set for 4 p.m., and Caltrain will be providing two special southbound express trains to the Mountain View station, departing from San Francisco at 12:59 p.m. and 1:59 p.m. The trains will make stops at Millbrae, San Mateo, Hillsdale, Redwood City and Palo Alto. Caltrain will also operate its regular weekend service along the Peninsula.
From the Mountain View Caltrain Station, fans will be able to board Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail vehicles to the stadium.
Following the game on Sunday, Caltrain will operate a special northbound train, which will depart about 75 minutes after the game, or when full. That train will make all local stops to San Francisco. Additional details about service on 49ers’ game days can be found here.
During 49ers game days, fans can purchase a $20 one-game pass for new express light-rail service on VTA for the trip between Mountain View and the stadium. Season passes for all 10 home games can also be purchased for $149. The new express passes will give passengers priority boarding following the game, and faster service on VTA. The passes can be purchased at www.vta.org/49ersexpress and at the VISA Box Office at Levi’s Stadium.
On a separate sporting note, Caltrain will be adjusting service for the Giants game on Sunday, August 14, as well. Due to some single-tracking because of the San Mateo Bridges Replacement Project and additional service needed for the 49ers game, the special pre-game trains for the Giants contest will originate in Redwood City, not Palo Alto. Fans should adjust for the 1:05 p.m. game accordingly. Details about Caltrain’s preseason service plans for the Giants’ game are available here.
Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold on board trains but can be purchased at ticket machines at the stations.
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. Food and beverage consumption aren’t allowed on VTA.
Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day.
For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448.)
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 more than 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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