Caltrain and SamTrans are both smart and creative choices for traveling to the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts taking place this weekend.

Located on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto, the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28.

The Palo Alto Caltrain Station is directly adjacent to University Avenue, and with trains running every hour, patrons will have plenty of options to get to the festival. Additionally, Caltrain operates four Baby Bullet trains that serve the Palo Alto station on the weekends.

SamTrans is also a public transportation option for festival-goers. Route ECR provides service between Daly City and Palo Alto, with buses running every 20 minutes on the weekend.

Now in its 35th year, the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will feature display booths from more than 300 artisans, a Kid’s Art Studio, street painting demonstrations, and a tasting area with food and drink offers from local businesses. About 150,000 people are expected to attend the festival.

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 more information about SamTrans or Caltrain routes and fares, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448), or visit or


About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 76 routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

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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 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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