Millbrae station

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Bay Area Rapid Transit Caltrain
Train station
BART Millbrae.jpg
The BART side of the station at night.
Location 200 North Rollins Road (BART)
100 California Drive (Caltrain)
Millbrae, CA
United States
Coordinates 37°36′01″N 122°23′12″W / 37.6003°N 122.3867°W / 37.6003; -122.3867Coordinates: 37°36′01″N 122°23′12″W / 37.6003°N 122.3867°W / 37.6003; -122.3867
Platforms 2 side platforms (Caltrain)
1 side platform, 1 island platform (BART)
Tracks 2 (Caltrain)
3 (BART)
Connections SamTrans,, Broadway Millbrae Shuttle, Sierra Point Shuttle, Genentech Shuttle
Parking 2900 spaces- Monthly Reserved, Daily ($2/day), Midday (free after 3pm), Carpool ($2/day), Extended Weekend (free), Airport/Long Term ($6/day)
Caltrain ($3/day)[1]
Bicycle facilities 30 Lockers (BART)
Racks available (Caltrain)
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone Caltrain Fare Zone 2
Opened 1907 (110 years ago) (Southern Pacific)
1987 (30 years ago) (Caltrain)
June 22, 2003 (14 years ago) (BART)
Passengers (FY 2016) 6,788 exits/day[2]Increase 1.98% (BART)
Passengers (Feb. 2016) 3,606[3] per weekday Increase 2% (Caltrain)
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
toward Richmond
Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae
Weekdays only
Pittsburg/​Bay Point–​SFO/​Millbrae
Weeknights & weekends only.
Caltrain logo.svg Caltrain
Local service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
(weekends and holidays only)
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
Limited-stop service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
Limited-stop service
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours
Baby Bullet
Peak, Pattern A
Baby Bullet
Peak, Pattern B
toward Tamien
Baby Bullet
Reverse Peak, Pattern A
Baby Bullet
Reverse Peak, Pattern B
  Future service  
Preceding station   California High-Speed Rail   Following station
Transbay Transit Center
  Phase I
  San Jose Diridon
toward Anaheim
Millbrae is located in San Francisco
Location within San Francisco

The Millbrae Intermodal Terminal is an at-grade Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Caltrain station located in suburban Millbrae, California, in northern San Mateo County. It was expected to support over 30,000 BART trips per day,[5] but has consistently fallen well short of projections.[6]


The Caltrain side of the station.

Millbrae Station is the largest intermodal terminal in the United States west of the Mississippi[7] (the under-construction Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco will be larger when completed). It has three ground-level tracks for BART and two for Caltrain. An island platform allows a cross-platform connection between the two systems (for traveling to San Francisco or the San Francisco International Airport). A concourse mezzanine is above the platforms. Currently two BART tracks and one island platform usually are kept out of regular service, used instead to hold train sets that are also out of service.

The station is also a regional bus transit hub with multiple bus bays served by several SamTrans lines.

Millbrae Station has about 2,900 parking spaces, including a five-story parking garage and surrounding surface parking. Except for the marked Reserved Parking areas, most parking is currently $3/day from 4am-3pm on weekdays for up to 24 hours at a time, and all parking (including the weekday reserved) is free without time restrictions on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays that fall on Friday or Monday, the Reserved Parking areas cost $2/day from 10am-3pm on weekdays. Like at other BART stations with paid parking, BART patrons can do parking validations and parking payments inside the BART paid area of the station; since Caltrain patrons use the same parking spaces, there are parking payment machines outside of the BART paid area of the station.

A free Library-a-Go-Go Peninsula Library System library book vending machine was added in May 2011.[8]

BART service[edit]

BART Average
Weekday Ridership
FY* Ridership
2003 2,306
2004 2,802 +21.5%
2005 3,229 +15.2%
2006 3,349 +3.7%
2007 3,570 +6.6%
2008 4,124 +15.5%
2009 4,535 +10.0%
2010 4,516 −0.4%
2011 5,069 +12.2%
2012 5,506 +8.6%
2013 6,093 +10.6%
2014 6,138 +0.7%
2015 6,656 +8.4%
2016 6,788 +1.9%
Source: Avg Weekday Exits by Station

The station is the terminal station for BART on the San Francisco Peninsula, with primary service by the BART Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line (i.e. on weekdays before 7:00pm); on nights and weekends, the station is served instead by the BART Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae line.[9] Currently there is no direct train service to SFO airport from Millbrae station on weekdays during peak hours; instead, a timed transfer to an airport-bound BART train is provided north of Millbrae, at the San Bruno Station, during the day on weekdays.

Caltrain service[edit]

The station has daily Caltrain commuter rail service along the north/south line between San Jose and San Francisco. Midday trains are hourly each way; service is more frequent during commute hours and for special events (such as San Francisco Giants home games) and is less frequent at night. Service south of San Jose to Gilroy is limited to three weekday commute-hour round trips.

Payment for BART-Caltrain transfers[edit]

Passengers who transfer from BART to Caltrain (or vice versa) have to remember that Caltrain uses a proof-of-payment system: each rider must buy a ticket prior to boarding the train that may or may not be checked during the trip.[10][11] Passengers who board the train without a viable ticket are subject to fines of up to $250 plus court fees.[10][11]

Passengers who use the electronic Clipper card to ride the Caltrain must remember to "tag on" their card prior to boarding and "tag off" their card after exiting the train.[12] If they board the train without tagging on, they will be subject to the same fines;[11][12] in addition, Caltrain passengers are charged the maximum one way fare when they tag on prior to boarding the train and the difference is reimbursed when they tag off after leaving the train. If passengers who use the Clipper card forget to tag off when they exit the train, they will be charged "the highest cash fare from [their] point of origin."[13]

CA High Speed Rail (planned)[edit]

In 2015, construction began on the high-speed rail system. If completed as planned, Millbrae would serve as one of one or two stations between San Francisco and San Jose, and would allow high-speed rail passengers to reach SFO via BART.[14] $290 million has been allocated to lengthen the platforms for connection to High Speed Rail, and the purchase of additional BART cars.[15]


The old Southern Pacific Millbrae Depot near the current intermodal terminal.

The 1907 Southern Pacific Railroad Millbrae depot, a two-story colonnade-style depot,[16] was on the southeast side of Millbrae Avenue, just northwest of where it is now; the building now houses the Millbrae Train Museum that opened in 2004.[17] Before the Millbrae Intermodal Terminal was built for the BART San Mateo Extension terminus Millbrae had a free Caltrain shuttle bus between the station and San Francisco International Airport. (The trip is now only available via taxicab or BART, costing $4.25 via the latter as of July 2014.)

The former Southern Pacific Depot has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since September 1, 1978. In 1985 Caltrain service began at the original Millbrae depot, replacing Southern Pacific trains that had operated along the San Francisco Peninsula since the early 20th century (see Peninsula Commute). Caltrain moved to the new facility in spring 2003, and BART joined Caltrain at the new station on June 22, 2003[18][19] as part of the BART San Mateo County Extension project that extended BART service south from Colma to Millbrae and San Francisco International Airport.

Transit connections[edit]

Two SamTrans bus lines stop at and near the station, including:

The station is also served by several shuttle routes, including the Burlingame Shuttle, a local shuttle service serving attractions around Burlingame, and one serving Genentech's South San Francisco campus.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
BART Platforms Platform 1 No regular service
Island platform, not in service
Platform 2 No regular service
Platform 3 (Northbound)      Pittsburg/​Bay Point–​SFO/​Millbrae toward Pittsburg / Bay Point, weeknights and weekends (San Francisco International Airport)
     Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae toward Richmond, weekdays (San Bruno)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Caltrain Platforms Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 4 (Northbound)
  Local service
toward San Francisco (San Bruno)
  Limited-stop service
toward San Francisco(San Bruno or South San Francisco)
Peak toward San Francisco(Terminus)
Reverse Peak toward San Francisco(22nd Street)
Platform 5 (Southbound)
  Local service
toward Gilroy (Broadway or Burlingame)
  Limited-stop service
toward Gilroy, peak hours (Burlingame or Hillsdale), toward Tamien, non-peak hours (Burlingame or Hillsdale)
Peak toward San Jose Diridon (Hillsdale or San Mateo) Reverse Peak toward San Jose Diridon (Hillsdale or Redwood City)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parking - Parking Programs". Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  2. ^ Bay Area Rapid Transit District. "Monthly Ridership Reports". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "2015 Annual Passenger Counts" (PDF). Caltrain. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Caltrain - Ridership
  5. ^ "SFO Extension Ridership Projections". 
  6. ^ "Average Weekday Exits by Station". 
  7. ^ "Millbrae Station". Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  8. ^ Library book lending machine opens at Millbrae BART Station
  9. ^ "Schedules - Schedules by Station (enter Millbrae)". Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  10. ^ a b How to Ride Step 3 - Pay
  11. ^ a b c Caltrain: Ticket Vending Machine
  12. ^ a b Clipper
  13. ^ Questions about using Clipper® on Caltrain
  14. ^ File:Statewide Topo 22X34 July 2014.jpg for map of plans
  15. ^
  16. ^ Bender, Henry E., Jr. (2013). Southern Pacific Lines Standard-Design Depots. Berkeley and Wilton, California: Signature Press. p. 241. ISBN 9781930013339. 
  17. ^ "Millbrae Train Museum". Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  18. ^ "Celebrating 40 Years of Service 1972 • 2012 Forty BART Achievements Over the Years" (PDF). Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  19. ^ "30 million trips and counting: BART celebrates 10th anniversary of SFO extension". Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). June 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 

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