Bayshore station (Caltrain)

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Commuter rail
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A northbound train at Bayshore station in 2012
Location 400 Tunnel Avenue
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°42′27″N 122°24′07″W / 37.70750°N 122.40194°W / 37.70750; -122.40194Coordinates: 37°42′27″N 122°24′07″W / 37.70750°N 122.40194°W / 37.70750; -122.40194
Owned by Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Line(s) Caltrain
  Local service
  Limited-stop service
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Connections Bayshore/Brisbane Senior Shuttle Bayshore/Brisbane Commuter Shuttle, Crocker Park Shuttle
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Lockers available
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 1
Opened 1907
Passengers (2014 average weekday) 490[1]Increase 26.3%
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
Bayshore station (Caltrain) is located in San Francisco
Bayshore station (Caltrain)

Bayshore is a Caltrain commuter rail station on the border of San Francisco, California and Brisbane, California. The parking lot and about the northern fourth of the platforms are in the Visitacion Valley District of San Francisco; the remainder is in Brisbane. The official address is in San Francisco.

Like most Caltrain stations it is not staffed with ticket sellers; passengers buy tickets from machines.

Station amenities[edit]

  • Caltrain Ticket Machines
  • Caltrain 8-Ride Ticket Validators
  • Pedestrian walkway above tracks to cross to the opposite platform.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Northbound  Local service toward San Francisco (22nd Street)
 Limited-stop service toward San Francisco (22nd Street)
Express tracks  Baby Bullet No stops
Southbound  Local service toward Gilroy (South San Francisco)
 Limited-stop service toward Tamien, Gilroy during peak hours (South San Francisco)

Four tracks pass through, two in the middle and two side tracks for trains stopping at the station, during commute hours on weekdays, some trains are scheduled to wait at Bayshore on the side tracks until the Baby Bullet passes on the bypass track. A centerline fence prevents passengers from running across the four rails.

Unbuilt connection to Muni[edit]

Muni intended to establish another light rail connection to the Bayshore station at Visitacion Valley in southern San Francisco with its new Third Street light rail extension. However, during the CTX Project, the Bayshore station was moved from San Francisco down south toward San Mateo County—currently, the platform itself is in Brisbane while the main parking lot is in San Francisco. To complicate matters, this connection has also been plagued by cost and design issues, the Third Street extension opened in early 2007 without the connection. Two proposed development projects adjacent to the station, the Visitacion TOD Project [2] and the Brisbane Baylands,[3] could hasten the planning and conversion of the Bayshore Station into an Intermodal Transit Station.

The closest Muni station, Arleta Station, is about a seven-minute walk north from the Bayshore Caltrain station.[4]


Bayshore was established by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1907 along the new Bayshore Cutoff, a more direct route into San Francisco, the railroad planned to build an extensive terminal facility in Visitacion Valley that would serve as the primary maintenance and marshaling facility for the San Francisco Peninsula. Financial problems delayed completion of the project, and the 250-acre (1.0 km2) Bayshore rail yard and shops did not open until 1918. The facility operated around the clock and employed over 1,000 workers.

The Bayshore shops maintained all the locomotives on the Southern Pacific's Coast Division which stretched south to Santa Barbara. By 1952, this was 133 steam engines, but by 1954, diesel-electric locomotives had become common enough that the Bayshore steam shops were closed, the roundhouse continued to service diesel locomotives, but the decline of industry and shipping in San Francisco and along the peninsula led to the closure of the yards in the early 1980s.


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