Hayward station (Amtrak)

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Capitol Corridor train at Hayward station, July 2018.JPG
A northbound Capitol Corridor train at Hayward station in 2018
Location 22555 Meekland Avenue
Hayward, California
Coordinates 37°39′58″N 122°05′57″W / 37.6660°N 122.0993°W / 37.6660; -122.0993Coordinates: 37°39′58″N 122°05′57″W / 37.6660°N 122.0993°W / 37.6660; -122.0993
Owned by City of Hayward (shelter and parking)
Union Pacific (platforms and tracks)[1]
Line(s) UP Niles Subdivision[2]
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport AC Transit: 34, 56, 83, 93
Parking 50 spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code HAY
Opened May 29, 1997
Passengers (2017) 50,361[3]
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward San Jose
Capitol Corridor
toward Auburn

Hayward is an Amtrak intercity train station in Hayward, California, United States. It is served by seven daily round trips of the Capitol Corridor route. The station has two side platforms serving the main track and a passing siding; most trains use the platform on the main track.

Hayward station opened as an infill station on May 29, 1997; the town had previously seen railroad service from 1865 to 1941.


The abandoned 1885-built station in 1975

Railroad service in Haywards (later Hayward) began with the San Francisco and Alameda Railroad in August 1865. The terminal station was located at Watkins Street and D Street in downtown Haywards.[1] It was destroyed in the 1868 Hayward earthquake, which bankrupted the railroad. The line was taken over in 1869 by the Central Pacific Railroad (CP).[1] The CP built its own line (part of the First Transcontinental Railroad) and station slightly to the west, and abandoned the original line south of San Leandro in 1873.

Transcontinental service was shifted from the CP to a northern route on the California Pacific Railroad in 1879. The Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) leased the CP in 1885 and constructed a two-story wood station of standard design at Hayward.[1] Long-distance service to the south was switched to the Coast Line around 1909, but local passenger service to Hayward continued until 1941.[4] Freight service continued on the line, and the station remained intact until it was destroyed by a 1982 fire.[1]

Amtrak Capitols (later Capitol Corridor) service between Sacramento and San Jose began in 1991; it ran through Hayward without stopping. After the success of other infill stations on the line, a station at Hayward was opened on May 29, 1997.[5] A station shelter was constructed in the Arts and Crafts style.[1] A siding track with a rarely-used second platform was added around 2006.[2]

Bus connections[edit]

The station is served by four AC Transit local bus routes: route 34 runs adjacent to the station on Meekland Street, while routes 56, 83, and 93 run on A Street. All four routes run to the larger bus terminal at Hayward BART station.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Hayward, CA (HAY)". Great American Stations. Amtrak. 
  2. ^ a b SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail NETWORK SCHEMATICS" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 4. 
  3. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. 
  4. ^ Vurek, Matthew Gerald (2016). Images of Modern America: California’s Capitol Corridor. Arcadia Publishing. p. 40. ISBN 9781467124171. 
  5. ^ "Amtrak's Capitol Line To Stop in Hayward". San Francisco Chronicle. May 28, 1997. 

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