Caltrain expands Bikes Board First pilot program


Starting this week, Caltrain is expanding a pilot program that allows bicyclists to board "bike cars" on trains before other passengers in an effort to make the transit agency's service more efficient.

The Bikes Board First pilot program started in April on northbound platforms at the Mountain View, Palo Alto and Redwood City stations, which saw boarding times drastically decrease.

The program is expanding today to the northbound platforms at the Sunnyvale and Hillsdale stations and the southbound platform at the 22nd Street station in San Francisco, according to Caltrain.

Passengers with bicycles are encouraged to board the bike cars at the southern end of the platform and Caltrain staff will be at the stations to enforce the policy, which aims to prevent bicyclists from having to get through crowds at the entrance to the train cars.

In December, issues with bike boarding caused an estimated 1,352 minutes of delays throughout the Caltrain system, according to the agency.

The pilot program will end on July 13 and the findings will be presented to Caltrain's Bicycle Advisory Committee.

— Bay City News Service

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5 people like this
Posted by Baked Boy
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 12, 2018 at 12:58 pm

That's a good start. They should take one step further and stop non-cyclists from entering bike car until all the bikes are on board.

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Posted by Bill H
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 12, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Bill H is a registered user.

To the extent that this program gives cyclists boarding preference over wheelchair users, it is illegal under the Americans with Disabilities act.

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Posted by Darin
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm

Darin is a registered user.

@Bill H

It's been a while since I used Caltrain as part of my commute, but I recall wheelchair access being on different cars from the bike cars. Has that changed?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 12, 2018 at 3:07 pm

Non-bicyclists can always use the non-bike cars to avoid the congestion at the bike cars. This new policy is a win-win for everyone if it helps keep the trains on schedule.

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 12, 2018 at 4:32 pm

@Bill H
Riders with disabilities that need to use the lift will still have priority over all other riders. Why would you assume otherwise? And it's rare that Caltrain puts the bike cars that have the disability lifts on trains with high bike use.

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