New Caltrain schedule takes effect Aug. 1

The new Caltrain schedule cutting service to Gilroy from four to
three roundtrips a day takes effect Aug. 1.
Gilroy – The new Caltrain schedule cutting service to Gilroy from four to three roundtrips a day takes effect Aug. 1.

The first train heading north in the morning will be leave the Gilroy station at 6:06am, nearly an hour later than its current departure. The other morning trains depart at 6:24 and 7:04am. Evening southbound trains arrive in Gilroy at 5:30, 6:58 and 7:41pm.

A 17.5 percent fare increase will boost the daily Gilroy to San Jose commute from $8.50 to $10.

Getting to San Francisco and back will cost $19, up from $16. The fare increases take effect July 1.

The changes come as Caltrain is scrambling to close a budget gap of at least $13.6 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Overall, Caltrain has increased service from 88 to 96 trains daily, including 22 “baby bullet” commuter express trains between San Jose and San Francisco.

To implement its new schedule, Caltrain has closed the stations at Paul Avenue in San Francisco, Broadway in Burlingame, and Atherton.

Service to San Jose’s Historic College Park – the station Bellarmine students use – has been sharply reduced.

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