Caltrain: All Trains Now Have Two Bike Cars

The project cost the transit system $300,000.

Finding a spot to place your bike just got easier. Caltrain now ensures that every train will have two bike cars for passengers need to hop on their bicycles for the next leg of the commute.

The $300,000 project was completed six months ahead of schedule, Caltrain officials said in a written statement.

Seventy percent of the trains are equipped to hold 40 bikes in each car for a total of 80 bikes, while the remaining newer trains can hold 24 bikes for a total of 48 bikes. These cars are located in the northern most car and one near the middle of the train, two cars above the locomotive.

Since 2008, Caltrain has increased on-board bike capacity by more than 50 percent, and in 2009, Caltrain reconfigured its bike cars to increase overall capacity by 27 percent.

Caltrain first began allowing bikes back in 1992, with only four bikes on a few trains. Bike riders now make up 9 percent of riders, with 3,600 of 40,000 riders on an average weekday.

--Staff Reports

commuter June 03, 2011 at 05:04 PM
I know several people who refused to use Caltrain anymore after being kicked off a full train. Maybe this will get them started again.


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