Caltrain is a leader when it comes to bikes and transit, and the work of bicycle advocates has helped the process along. The BIKES ONboard project started in 2008 to work with Caltrain to support continual improvements to Caltrain’s thriving bikes-on-board service.
1982: Southern Pacific Railroad introduces a four-month demonstration project, allowing 4 bikes in the aisle of the cab car.
1992: Caltrain is established and bike space is created, allowing 8 bikes per train.
1996: Caltrain increases the bike space, allowing 24 bikes per train.
2002: Caltrain increases to 32 bikes on Gallery bike cars but only 16 bikes on new Bombardier bike cars.
2009: Caltrain increases to 40 bikes on Gallery bike cars and 24 bikes on Bombardier bike cars, and upgrades all Bombardier trains to two bike cars.
2011: Caltrain upgrades all Gallery trains to two bike cars.
2016: Caltrain upgrades all Bombardier trains to three bike cars.
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