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From intercity trains like the California Zephyr to community shuttles like the Ohlone-Chynoweth Line, the San Francisco Bay Area enjoys a wealth of rail options that is still evolving today.

Altamont Commuter Express

A weekday-only, peak period service running between Stockton and San Jose, it provides a vital alternative to the congested I-580 and I-680 corridors.

Amtrak California

Includes California Zephyr, Capitol Corridor, and Coast Starlight, Amtrak provides adequate service in the Bay Area, from San Jose to Fairfield.

Bay Area Rapid Transit

The hybrid heavy-rail service spanning 44 stations and 104 miles in four counties, it is currently being expanded to serve Santa Clara County.


With multiple daily trips running along the San Francisco Peninsula, it is a great alternative to driving along US-101 and I-280 in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

San Francisco Muni

Includes the following:

  • Cable Cars – the only system remaining in operation in North America, with three lines and 40 vehicles
  • Historic Streetcars – running along Market Street and the Embarcadero, it serves major tourist attractions from The Castro to Pier 39
  • Muni Metro – with 151 vehicles on seven lines, it is one of the heaviest-used light rail networks in the United States

Santa Clara VTA

Operating within Santa Clara County with three lines, 62 stations, and 99 vehicles, it is being expanded further to serve more neighborhoods

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)

The new SMART train links North Bay communities in Marin and Sonoma Counties, with an initial operating segment running between Downtown San Rafael and Sonoma County Airport.


Bay Area Rail Map (source: Urban Rail)


City of San Francisco Rail Map (source: Urban Rail)


Santa Clara VTA Light Rail Map (source: Urban Rail)