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Caltrain: Ridership Could Reach Capacity this Weekend Due to Area Events

Caltrain spokespersons say a San Francisco Giants home game and the America's Cup competition in San Francisco will likely lead to heavy ridership this weekend.

 

Caltrain riders should be prepared for crowded trains this weekend, with some possibly reaching capacity, spokespersons said Friday.

After winning five of six games on their road trip, the Giants will host the Braves at AT&T Park through this weekend. At the same time, the world’s fastest boats - with the world’s fastest sailors at the helms - will be competing in the America’s Cup World Series regatta.

All of this has Caltrain staff gearing up for what they expect to be a heavy weekend, passenger-wise.

"Caltrain will be running the extra service it operates for all home baseball games," Caltrain spokesperson Christine Dunn said in a statement Friday. "However, the rail agency is unable to provide additional extra service to handle anticipated America’s Cup attendees."

Dunn said, those heading to San Francisco this weekend should consider all public transit options for travel alternatives.

Transportation information is available at 511.org/Americascup.

Passengers should also plan their return trips carefully by arriving at the station well before the train’s scheduled departure time. The last train leaves San Francisco on Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and on Sunday at 9:15 p.m.

Caltrain staff remind infrequent riders that Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system. Customers must purchase a ticket from a station vending machine or use a valid Clipper card. Going home, riders can avoid long lines at ticket vending machines by purchasing a Day Pass. 

Also, open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains departing from San Francisco beginning at 9 p.m. on game days.

For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448), or visit www.caltrain.com.

 

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commuter August 29, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I caught Caltrain up to the America's Cup on Sunday morning. There was plenty of space on the train. The Giants game wasn't until evening. Did this warning scare people into driving instead? Warnings like this article need to be more specific about which hours are going to be busy.

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