Hillsdale station (Caltrain)

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Commuter rail
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Looking north at Hillsdale Station, November 10, 2012
Location 3333 El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94403
Coordinates 37°32′16″N 122°17′51″W / 37.53778°N 122.29750°W / 37.53778; -122.29750Coordinates: 37°32′16″N 122°17′51″W / 37.53778°N 122.29750°W / 37.53778; -122.29750
Owned by Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Line(s) Caltrain
  Local service
  Limited-stop service
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections AC Transit: M
Samtrans: KX, ECR, 57, 62, 250, 251, 256, 292, 294, 295, 397, 398
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Lockers available
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone Fare Zone 2
Passengers (2016) 2,958 per weekday[1]Increase 9.3%
Preceding station   Caltrain logo.svg Caltrain   Following station
Local service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
Limited-stop service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
Baby Bullet
Pattern A

Hillsdale is one of three Caltrain stations in San Mateo, California. The station is next to the (now demolished) Bay Meadows Racetrack and close to the Hillsdale Shopping Center.

Old station, tracks used to run in front until they were raised to cross over Hillsdale Blvd

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Northbound  Local service toward San Francisco (Hayward Park)
 Limited-stop service toward San Francisco (Hayward Park)
 Baby Bullet, Pattern A toward San Francisco (Millbrae)
Southbound  Local service toward Gilroy (Belmont)
 Limited-stop service toward Tamien, Gilroy during peak hours (Belmont)
 Baby Bullet, Pattern A toward San Jose Diridon (Palo Alto)

Station amenities[edit]

  • Caltrain ticket machines
  • 8-Ride ticket validators
  • Market (Luke's Local)[2]

Transit connections[edit]

Hillsdale Station is well-connected by several Samtrans bus routes and one AC Transit Transbay Route, making it a hub for services to Foster City, Hillsborough, and San Mateo, with some routes extending north to San Francisco, south to Palo Alto Caltrain, east to Hayward BART (via San Mateo Bridge), and west to Half Moon Bay and Pacifica (weekdays only). This station also has bus service to and from San Francisco International Airport (on Routes 292 and 397).[3][4]

Hillsdale Station is also served by Samtrans' All Nighter Route 397, an all-night bus service connecting San Francisco, Brisbane, South San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport, and the El Camino Real corridor between Millbrae and Palo Alto Caltrain via East Palo Alto.[4]

Bay Meadows station[edit]

Until December 20, 2005, the former Bay Meadows Racetrack had the now-closed Bay Meadows stop, less than a half-mile (800 m) north of Hillsdale. There was no building, just an opening in the chain link fencing where riders could access the grandstand parking lot. When Hillsdale was renovated, the platform was extended a few hundred feet to the north, eliminating the need for the separate station. Hillsdale is now the closest station to the former racetrack area.


The City of San Mateo applied for Measure A funds for a grade separation project in 2013. The proposed 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project will elevate tracks in southern San Mateo, eliminating the at-grade crossing at 25th Avenue and adding grade-separated crossings at 28th and 31st Avenues, which are currently interrupted by Peninsula Corridor tracks.[5][6] As part of the grade separation project, Hillsdale Station will be relocated closer to the transit-oriented development at Bay Meadows, somewhere between the new crossings at 28th and 31st Avenues. Construction is expected to start in 2017 and complete by 2020.[7]


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