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Caltrain to display train travel times on US 101


What better way to advertise commuter-rail service than by displaying train travel times along a congested freeway? Earlier this week, Caltrain began doing just that.

The agency, in conjunction with the California Department of Transportation and San Mateo County Transportation Authority, is displaying commuter-rail travel time information on message signs located along US 101 between San Jose and San Francisco. The signs, which currently show the amount of time it will take commuters to drive between San Francisco and San Jose, now also will display Caltrain travel times and scheduled departure times for trains at the Millbrae and Redwood City stations.

On Monday, the agencies began posting Caltrain travel information on signs located on northbound and southbound US 101 at Millbrae Avenue. Later this month, Caltrain travel times will be displayed on additional US 101 signs, as well as on smaller roadside signs located near off-ramps at Millbrae and Whipple avenues to show parking availability at the Millbrae and Redwood City Caltrain stations. The system only will be activated during the morning and evening commute periods.

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