Caltrain reduces service, delays fare increases due to COVID-19

In response to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Caltrain will not proceed with scheduled increases in Clipper fare prices.

Caltrain had planned to increase the cost of its single-ride fare by 30 cents, and its Adult Monthly pass, only available through Clipper, by $9. Previously approved in September, this change was set to take effect on April 1.

There has been a significant decline in Caltrain ridership in recent weeks, as efforts to contain the spread of the virus have ramped up significantly. Caltrain adjusted its weekday service in response to decreased ridership. Click here to find the updated schedule, made effective on March 17.

Caltrain’s Baby Bullet services between San Francisco and San Jose are currently suspended, and future service reductions are certainly possible depending on how long the shelter in place remains in effect.

The service gets an overwhelming percentage of its operating revenue from fares, and is particularly susceptible to big swings in ridership. Ticket sales are down by about 75 percent compared to two weeks ago.

“Caltrain will continue to assess the situation to inform future decisions about any fare or service changes,” the transit agency said in a statement this week. For more information on Caltrain’s response to COVID-19 or Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1-800-660-4287 or visit their website here.

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