With a large crowd expected to come to the South Bay for the Silicon Valley Pride Festival, traffic will likely be bad and parking even worse. Thankfully, Caltrain is ready to get you to the festivities on-time and stress free.
The annual Pride parade will kick off on Sunday, August 27, at 10 a.m. on Market Street in downtown San Jose. Caltrain’s weekend schedule offers service every 90 minutes to the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station, which is only a 20-minute walk from the parade site. Attendees can also transfer to the VTA 902 or 201 for a more direct route to the parade.
Along with the parade, the Night festival will take place on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Park, and the Day Festival takes place on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at the same location. The two gatherings will feature food and drink booths, video game arcades, a Heroes vs. Villains Party, a family garden and more.
Caltrain’s last northbound train on Saturday will depart from the San Jose Diridon Station at 10:30 p.m., and the last train on Sunday leaves at 10:08 p.m. Caltrain reminds party-goers to drink responsibly and remember that open containers of alcohol are not allowed on trains after 9 p.m. following special events.
Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at ticket machines at the stations. For fare and schedule information, visit www.caltrain.com or call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448).
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.
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 enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. 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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