San Francisco 4th and King Street Station

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San Francisco (Caltrain)
4th and King (Muni Metro)
Caltrain BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg
Caltrain commuter rail and Muni Metro light rail station
San Francisco 4th and King Street Station.jpg
The north side of the station.
Location 700 Fourth Street (Caltrain)
King Street at Fourth Street (E, N, S)
Fourth Street at King Street (T)
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°46′35″N 122°23′40″W / 37.77639°N 122.39444°W / 37.77639; -122.39444Coordinates: 37°46′35″N 122°23′40″W / 37.77639°N 122.39444°W / 37.77639; -122.39444
Owned by Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Line(s) Caltrain
  Local service
  Limited-stop service
Muni Metro
Muni heritage railway
     E Embarcadero
Platforms 6 island platforms (Caltrain)
2 island platforms,
2 side platforms (Muni)[1]
Tracks 13 (Caltrain)
4 (Muni)[1]

Muni Buses
10 Townsend
30 Stockton
45 Union-Stockton
47 Van Ness
81X Caltrain Express
82X Levi Plaza Express
83X Mid-Market Express
California Shuttle Bus

Oakland-San Jose-Los Angeles
Parking None
Bicycle facilities 180 lockers
22 racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone Fare Zone 1
Opened 1975
Passengers (2017) 15,220 per weekday[2]Increase 3.1% (Caltrain)
Preceding station   Caltrain logo.svg Caltrain   Following station
Terminus Local service
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
BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni Metro
N Judah Terminus
toward Balboa Park
T Third Street
toward Sunnydale
Opening 2019
toward Chinatown
BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni heritage railway
E Embarcadero Terminus
San Francisco 4th and King Street Station is located in San Francisco
San Francisco 4th and King Street Station

San Francisco 4th and King Street, 4th and King[1] (previously 4th & Townsend), or Caltrain Depot is the north end of the Caltrain commuter rail line to the San Francisco Peninsula and Santa Clara Valley, and is a major area transit hub. It is next to a Muni Metro light rail station, which provides connections to downtown San Francisco and Bay Area Rapid Transit.


Southern Pacific's 3rd and Townsend terminal was replaced in 1975 by the current station.

The station is in the Mission Bay/China Basin area, bordered on the north by Townsend Street, east by 3rd Street, west by 4th Street and south by King Street. It opened on June 21, 1975, replacing a station built in 1914 at 3rd and Townsend, one block away.

The Muni extension to the station was opened in 1998.[3]


The Downtown Rail Extension project to the rebuilt Transbay Terminal includes the construction of an underground 4th and King station. The underground station will be next to the current station on the Townsend side.[4] Several platforms on the current station will be retained as the terminal for non-electric trains, such as trains to Union City across Dumbarton Rail Bridge, trains to Gilroy, and trains that won't fit into the new station, as the new station will only have six tracks for Caltrain to use.[citation needed] Until that time, California High-Speed Rail trains may also utilize the existing station.[5]


View of the rail approach and branching at the terminal taken from the south, 2008

All 96 weekday trains and all Saturday and Sunday trains utilize the station as a terminal; the station is unstaffed.

San Francisco Giants service

4th and King is one block from AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. Caltrain usually operates special trains to transport fans to baseball games. Special trains usually depart about fifteen minutes after the last out. One special train, leaving 15 minutes after the last out, expresses to San Carlos, then stops at every station between San Carlos and San Jose Diridon. This train is not available for daytime weekday games. Giants fans can either walk or take the Muni to the ballpark. Muni operates special trains from Caltrain to the ballpark on game days.

Transit connections[edit]

Front of station viewed on 4th Street, 2007.

4th and King hosts a number of Muni bus lines, the E Embarcadero historic streetcar line, and Muni's T Third Street and N Judah lines run to Market St downtown. The N Judah station platform is located on the median of King Street immediately southwest of the 4th and King intersection, while The T Third Street station platform is located on the median of 4th Street immediately southeast of the intersection.[1]

N Judah service replaced the J Church on June 30, 2007, two months after the J Church replaced the N Judah on April 7, 2007 on the Caltrain connection to downtown following the opening of the T line. The nearest BART access is the Powell Street station, a 1-mile walk up 4th street then left on Market St. California Shuttle Bus runs to Los Angeles via Oakland and San Jose.

Service to Chinatown via Muni's Central Subway will connect to this station in 2019 after a realignment of the T Third Street line's route.[6]

Station amenities[edit]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Caltrain  Local service toward Gilroy (22nd Street)
 Limited-stop service toward Tamien, Gilroy during peak hours (22nd Street or San Bruno)
 Baby Bullet, Peak toward San Jose Diridon or Tamien (Millbrae)
 Baby Bullet, Reverse Peak toward San Jose Diridon (22nd Street)
Muni - King St  N Judah toward Judah and La Playa (2nd and King)
 S Castro Shuttle toward West Portal on AT&T Park game days (2nd and King)
Muni Streetcar Stop  E Embarcadero toward Jones and Beach, weekends (2nd and King)
Muni - 4th St  T Third Street toward Embarcadero (2nd and King)
 T Third Street toward Sunnydale (Mission Rock)


  1. ^ a b c d San Francisco Municipal Railway Route Map (Map). San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. December 5, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ Caltrain. "2017 Annual Count Key Findings Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-01-29. 
  3. ^ Epstein, Edward (26 August 1998). "Brown Tries To Soothe Muni Riders / Service on N-Judah line has been abysmal all week". Hearst Communications. SFGate. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Caltrain 2025 North Terminal Plan
  5. ^ "Caltrain/California HSR Blended Operations Analysis" (PDF). LTK Engineering Services. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Project Overview [Central Subway]". San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Retrieved September 26, 2015. 

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