Atherton station

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Atherton is a weekend-only Caltrain station located in Atherton, California. It serves the 32 Saturday and 28 Sunday local Caltrain runs and does not serve weekday trains or weekend Baby Bullet trains. Because of the narrow center platform, a hold-out rule is instituted at this station, allowing only one train to alight passengers at a time.

Caltrain Atherton Station.jpg
View of the Atherton station from the northbound island platform
Location1 Dinkelspiel Station Lane
Atherton, California
Coordinates37°27′51″N 122°11′50″W / 37.46417°N 122.19722°W / 37.46417; -122.19722Coordinates: 37°27′51″N 122°11′50″W / 37.46417°N 122.19722°W / 37.46417; -122.19722
Owned byPeninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Platforms1 side platform, 1 island platform
Bicycle facilitiesLockers available
Other information
StatusWeekend service only, pending closure
Fare zone3
Openedc. 1866
Passengers (2018)65/49 (Saturday/Sunday)[1]
Preceding station Caltrain roundel.svg Caltrain Following station
Redwood City Local
(weekends and holidays only)
Menlo Park
toward Tamien or Gilroy


Atherton station in 1971

Southern Pacific trains served the city since 1866; the station was then known as Fair Oaks.[2] Atherton lost intercity rail service in 1971 when the Del Monte was discontinued. The station was surveyed in 1983 for potential inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Weekday ridership was less than 150 per day when weekday service was suspended following the fiscal crisis of 2005 and the expansion of Baby Bullet service.[4] Shuttle service to Redwood City was previously provided; however, due to low ridership, it was discontinued on July 1, 2007.[5]

Despite talks of restoring regular service,[6] the city accepted Caltrain's 2020 proposal to eventually close the station.[7]


  1. ^ "2018 Annual Count Key Findings Report" (PDF). Caltrain. 2018.
  2. ^ "History of Atherton". Atherton, CA. Town of Atherton. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  3. ^ Origer, Janine M. "ACultural Resources Studyforthe Atherton Civic Center Master Plan, Atherton,San MateoCounty, California". City of Atherton. Tom Origer & Associates. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Caltrain Weekday Station Passenger Boardings - 1992 & 1995 through 2007". Caltrain. Archived from the original on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27.
  5. ^ "(untitled)". Caltrain. Archived from the original on October 10, 2007.
  6. ^ Wood, Barbara (26 July 2017). "Atherton: Caltrain will soon cut trees to install electric wires". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  7. ^ Swartz, Angela (17 January 2020). "Atherton signs off on Caltrain proposal to permanently close its train station". The Almanac. Retrieved 18 January 2020.

External linksEdit

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