Humans of Caltrain: Sumaya


“When coming down to the Peninsula, depending on when the sun is rising there’s a really great sunrise across the water heading southbound, and you need to be on the left side of every car to see it so it’s a spectacular view and it makes you appreciate nature while you’re at it.” #HumansOfCaltrain



“I grew up in San Mateo County, and I’m actually one of those people who like both the A’s and the Giants. I wish they would bring back that old split Giants-A’s hat, where they had both logos of the teams. I used to have one of those. I’m pretty hopeful for next season, but both teams have a bad history of giving away their best players.” #HumansofCaltrain

Humans of Caltrain: Suzi


“I’m an amateur, semi-professional ballet dancer in the city here. I grew up in a really small town, and there weren’t a lot of choices to do things, and I wasn’t a sports person, so I started ballet. I dance with a volunteer group and we perform for free for senior centers and people who can’t afford shows. There are like a million choices for people to see dance if they’re interested. It’s much more accessible than people treat it—it’s not just tutus and rich old ladies.

101 will crush you soul. If you try to do this commute in the city from your car, you’re setting yourself up for failure. And there is actually this amazing little community on Caltrain—I’ve met some great people. That’s the difference—on Caltrain, you meet people, whereas in a car, you hate people.” #HumansofCaltrain 

Humans of Caltrain: Scott


“I take Caltrain to my workplace in Downtown Palo Alto. I sell commercial real estate, and it’s a disaster getting in and out of there by car at top commute hours. I meet a lot of interesting people through my line of work, people from all walks of life that own real estate and deal with people, just like I do. However, the geography of the place—with the ocean being in one direction and the Bay in the other—makes for limited real estate that many people can’t afford. I grew up in Portland, so this region is really different to me. I was originally drawn to the sunny weather and went to school down here, but then I ended up meeting my wife here, too. The Bay Area is just an incredibly dynamic place to live.”

Humans of Caltrain: Maite

Maite 2bright“We’re on our holiday vacation from Barcelona, Spain. We’re visiting some friends here in the Bay Area, and they’ve been giving us some recommendations on where to visit. Today, we’re going to San Francisco to see the harbor and walk around the city a bit. We’re going to be tourists for the day. I love San Francisco because of its housing style and history reminds me of Europe. It’s a beautiful city by the sea, and the Golden Gate Bridge is such an amazing sight. This is the first time my kids have been to the Bay Area, and we really want them to get to know the region and become familiar with our friends.”

Humans of Caltrain: Bianca


“I used to commute to work on Caltrain all the time from Mountain View, but I don’t live down here anymore. The only reason I’m back here is because I had dentist appointment today (no problems.) About eight months ago, I moved to Russian Hill in San Francisco. I’m from Cupertino, but I love living in San Francisco. Being able to go out after work with my co-workers is such a nice change. There is always something to do in San Francisco, and always people to hang out with. It’s a great city.”

Humans of Caltrain: Andrew


“I’m taking Caltrain to San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Center. It’s the biggest professional gamer show in the world. I used to make games, but now I work for a hardware company called Nvidia. We are doing lots of stuff with virtual reality. There’s this one virtual reality game called Trials on Tatooine, where you’re playing right in the desert from Star Wars, which is a pretty neat experience. I’ve been going to this conference for 15 years now, so if I throw myself back to when it started, it’s amazing to think how far this industry has come. It used to be in San Jose, and there were maybe 1/8 as many people as there are now. It was a pretty small-time affair, but now when  I go to Moscone Center, I see these huge two-story displays and companies showing off their $2 million McLaren cars. It’s become a huge business now.”