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.
View of the Atherton station from the northbound island platform
|Location||1 Dinkelspiel Station Lane|
|Owned by||Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board|
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
|Bicycle facilities||Lockers available|
|Status||Weekend service only, pending closure|
|Passengers (2018)||65/49 (Saturday/Sunday)|
Southern Pacific trains served the city since 1866; the station was then known as Fair Oaks. 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.
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. Shuttle service to Redwood City was previously provided; however, due to low ridership, it was discontinued on July 1, 2007.
- "2018 Annual Count Key Findings Report" (PDF). Caltrain. 2018.
- "History of Atherton". Atherton, CA. Town of Atherton. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
- 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.
- "Caltrain Weekday Station Passenger Boardings - 1992 & 1995 through 2007". Caltrain. Archived from the original on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27.
- "(untitled)". Caltrain. Archived from the original on October 10, 2007.
- Wood, Barbara (26 July 2017). "Atherton: Caltrain will soon cut trees to install electric wires". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- Swartz, Angela (17 January 2020). "Atherton signs off on Caltrain proposal to permanently close its train station". The Almanac. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
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