As Caltrain continues to prepare its route between San Francisco and San Jose for new and modern electric trains in the near future, it continues to enhance stations along the corridor. Today, the new Hillsdale Caltrain Station opened to the public and rebuilt with modern amenities thanks to the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project.
The new station has been relocated four blocks north of its previous location, between 28th and 31st Avenues. It has an elevated center-boarding platform, allowing for safer, more convenient pedestrian access. It also offers riders on-demand bicycle eLockers and traditional bike racks, two parking lots, and six connecting SamTrans routes, making the station a truly multi-modal transit hub.
Part of rebuilding the route for the new trains is eliminating grade crossings. This project eliminated the at-grade crossing at 25th Avenue and while adding separated crossings at 28th and 31st Avenues. These improvements eliminate the possibility of pedestrians and vehicles reaching the tracks, improving public safety and eliminating traffic bottlenecks on surrounding streets. Riders can access the new station at 28th Avenue and the pedestrian underpass while 25th and 31st Avenues are under construction.
“Caltrain is turning into the modern rail system the Bay Area deserves and the new Hillsdale Station captures much of what that means,” said Caltrain Board Chair Dev Davis. “It’s safer, more convenient, more accessible, more beautiful, and more interconnected with the community around it.”
Effective Monday, April 26, Caltrain will also adjust both its weekday and weekend schedules to add service for the Hillsdale Station. Hillsdale Station will see service every half hour on weekdays and every hour on weeknights and weekends, while the Belmont Station will receive hourly service on both weekdays and weekends. There are no other timetable changes.
“It’s a hopeful sign of renewal that our new Hillsdale Station is complete and ready for riders,” said San Mateo Mayor Eric Rodriguez. “Our residents will benefit from this project for generations to come, especially now with easier access to our beautiful new Hillsdale Shopping Center, our world-class tech headquarters, and our popular local restaurants — all while reducing traffic congestion and train horn noise in our neighborhoods.”
For more information visit www.caltrain.com/hillsdaleopening.