Caltrain Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the Celebration Train

South San Francisco, CA   January 17, 2020 Press Release CALTRAIN

The dream lives on this month as the Caltrain NorCalMLK Celebration Train makes its way up the Peninsula from San Jose to San Francisco on Monday, January 20.

The Celebration Train will provide free service for those who wish to attend the annual observance of the life and legacy of Dr. King in San Francisco hosted by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorCalMLK). There will be onboard activities and entertainment for those in attendance during the trip, including a free giveaway for the children.

Attendees must register in advance to receive a free Celebration Train commemorative ticket. For ticket registration, click here. This free train ride, which pays tribute to the 54-mile 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, is a great way to get to the MLK march and events in The City.

The train will depart from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station at 9:35 a.m. It will make stops in Palo Alto at 9:55 a.m. and San Mateo at 10:19 a.m. before arriving in San Francisco by 10:45 a.m. There is no special southbound service, however, Celebration Train tickets will be accepted on southbound trains departing San Francisco after 1:00 p.m. that same day.

Caltrain will operate a modified service schedule for the holiday on Monday, January 20. Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at Caltrain station ticket machines or conveniently through Caltrain Mobile. Caltrain paid parking rules are enforced all day, including holidays.

For more information on the annual MLK celebrations hosted by NorCalMLK, please visit

For more information about Caltrain’s regular service, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.

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