Room for More Bikes on Caltrain

This just in – did you know that Caltrain just made way for more bicycles? This week, all of Caltrain’s Bombardier trains incorporated a third bike car, adding more seats for all passengers and more space for people bringing their bikes on board.

Caltrain runs two kinds of train cars: Bombardier and Gallery. Gallery trains already have space for 80 bikes in two bike cars. Now, Bombardier trains will hold 72 bikes in three bike cars — up from 48 in two cars. This both increases capacity and consistency across Caltrain’s fleet of trains.

“We’re really happy with the step Caltrain has taken,” Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Shiloh Ballard said. The coalition has been working with Caltrain on the change for quite some time.

SVBC's Shiloh Ballard

SVBC’s Shiloh Ballard

A survey by the coalition showed that 13 percent of Caltrain riders bring a bike on trains. A separate survey of 300 riders showed that 45 percent would drive if they could not take their bike on a train.

So, make sure to give an extra “thank you” to Caltrain conductors next time you board with your bike. See more information on the updates from Caltrain here

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