16:00
16:30
17:00
17:30
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SF Transbay (KP -1.9)
Mission Bay (KP 0.3)
22nd Street (KP 3.1)
Oakdale (KP 4.8)
Bayshore (KP 8.4)
So. San Francisco (KP 15.0)
San Bruno (KP 18.7)
Millbrae (KP 22.1)
Broadway (KP 24.5)
Burlingame (KP 26.2)
San Mateo (KP 28.8)
Hayward Park (KP 30.8)
Hillsdale (KP 32.7)
Belmont (KP 35.3)
San Carlos (KP 37.4)
Redwood City (KP 40.9)
Atherton (KP 44.8)
Menlo Park (KP 46.5)
Palo Alto (KP 48.5)
California Avenue (KP 51.2)
San Antonio (KP 54.9)
Mountain View (KP 58.1)
Sunnyvale (KP 62.5)
Lawrence (KP 65.7)
Santa Clara (KP 72.0)
College Park (KP 74.0)
San Jose (KP 76.5)
Tamien (KP 78.9)
SF Transbay (KP -1.9)
Mission Bay (KP 0.3)
22nd Street (KP 3.1)
Oakdale (KP 4.8)
Bayshore (KP 8.4)
So. San Francisco (KP 15.0)
San Bruno (KP 18.7)
Millbrae (KP 22.1)
Broadway (KP 24.5)
Burlingame (KP 26.2)
San Mateo (KP 28.8)
Hayward Park (KP 30.8)
Hillsdale (KP 32.7)
Belmont (KP 35.3)
San Carlos (KP 37.4)
Redwood City (KP 40.9)
Atherton (KP 44.8)
Menlo Park (KP 46.5)
Palo Alto (KP 48.5)
California Avenue (KP 51.2)
San Antonio (KP 54.9)
Mountain View (KP 58.1)
Sunnyvale (KP 62.5)
Lawrence (KP 65.7)
Santa Clara (KP 72.0)
College Park (KP 74.0)
San Jose (KP 76.5)
Tamien (KP 78.9)
Headway below 300 seconds southbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 180 seconds southbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 90 seconds southbound; potential overtake conflict
Headway below 300 seconds northbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 180 seconds northbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 120 seconds northbound; potential overtake conflict
Headway below 300 seconds southbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 300 seconds northbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 180 seconds southbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 180 seconds northbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 120 seconds northbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 90 seconds southbound; potential overtake conflict
SF Transbay Mission Bay 22nd Street Oakdale Bayshore So. San Francisco San Bruno Millbrae Broadway Burlingame San Mateo Hayward Park Hillsdale Belmont San Carlos Redwood City Atherton Menlo Park Palo Alto California Avenue San Antonio Mountain View Sunnyvale Lawrence Santa Clara College Park San Jose Tamien Headway below 300 seconds southbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 300 seconds northbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 180 seconds southbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 180 seconds northbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 120 seconds northbound; potential overtake conflict Headway below 90 seconds southbound; potential overtake conflict 16:00 16:10 16:20 16:30 16:40 16:50 17:00 17:10 17:20 17:30 "PM NB 39" @:33 northbound "PM NB 39" @:33 northbound "PM NB 39" @:33 northbound "PM NB 39" @:33 northbound "PM NB 25" @:25 northbound "PM NB 25" @:25 northbound "PM NB 25" @:25 northbound "PM NB 45" @:45 northbound "PM NB 45" @:45 northbound "PM NB 45" @:45 northbound "PM NB 31" @:31 northbound "PM NB 31" @:31 northbound "PM NB 31" @:31 northbound "PM NB 31" @:31 northbound "PM NB 05" @:58 northbound "PM NB 05" @:58 northbound "PM NB 05" @:58 northbound "PM SB 33" @:33 southbound "PM SB 33" @:33 southbound "PM SB 33" @:33 southbound "PM SB 33" @:33 southbound "PM SB 27" @:27 southbound "PM SB 27" @:27 southbound "PM SB 27" @:27 southbound "PM SB 27" @:27 southbound "PM SB 14" @:14 southbound "PM SB 14" @:14 southbound "PM SB 14" @:14 southbound "PM SB 19" @:19 southbound "PM SB 19" @:19 southbound "PM SB 19" @:19 southbound "PM SB 56" @:56 southbound "PM SB 56" @:56 southbound "PM SB 56" @:56 southbound
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Caltrain 2011 PM southbound
PM SB 14
PM SB 19
PM SB 27
PM SB 33
PM SB 56
SF Transbay
Mission Bay16:1416:1916:2716:3316:56
22nd Street--16:31--
Oakdale-----
Bayshore--16:36
16:40
--
So. San Francisco--16:46-17:07
San Bruno-16:3216:51--
Millbrae16:29-16:5516:48
16:49
17:13
Broadway-----
Burlingame-16:3817:00--
San Mateo-16:4217:0316:55-
Hayward Park--17:07--
Hillsdale16:3716:4717:10-17:21
Belmont--17:14--
San Carlos-16:5217:18--
Redwood City--17:2217:0417:28
Atherton-----
Menlo Park--17:27-17:34
Palo Alto16:4817:00-17:1117:37
California Avenue-17:04--17:41
San Antonio----17:45
Mountain View16:5517:1017:36-17:49
Sunnyvale-17:15-17:2117:54
Lawrence----17:59
18:03
Santa Clara--17:46-18:08
College Park-----
San Jose17:0917:2617:5217:32
17:34
18:14
18:15
Tamien17:3918:21
Caltrain 2011 PM northbound
PM NB 39
PM NB 45
PM NB 05
PM NB 25
PM NB 31
Tamien16:3316:58
San Jose16:3816:4517:0417:2517:31
College Park-----
Santa Clara16:44-17:10--
Lawrence16:50
16:54
---17:39
Sunnyvale16:58----
Mountain View17:0316:58-17:3817:46
San Antonio17:07----
California Avenue17:11----
Palo Alto17:1517:0617:25-17:53
Menlo Park17:19--17:4717:56
Atherton-----
Redwood City17:24-17:3217:52-
San Carlos17:28-17:36-18:04
Belmont--17:39--
Hillsdale-17:1617:43-18:08
Hayward Park--17:46--
San Mateo17:36-17:49-18:13
Burlingame--17:53-18:16
Broadway-----
Millbrae17:4217:2517:5718:05-
San Bruno--18:01-18:23
So. San Francisco--18:06--
Bayshore--18:12
18:16
--
Oakdale-----
22nd Street17:5517:3818:2118:18-
Mission Bay17:5917:4218:2618:2218:36
SF Transbay

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Train Fleet Metrics for Caltrain 2011 PM

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Some sample stop patterns for your cutting-and-pasting pleasure

The example terminal dwell time "900" is chosen to represent a 15 minute turnback time: that being optimistic for Caltrain/FRA freight-style operation; but unambitious elsewhere)

Caltrain-style snail local, 45s (steam train era) dwell: 900.45.45..45.45.45.45.45.45.45.45.45.45.45.45..45.45.45.45.45.45.45.45..45.900
All-stops future local, 20s (level boarding!) dwell: 600.20.20..20.20.20.20.20.20.20..20.20.20.20..20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20..600.
"San Mateo shuttle" Transbay-Redwood City local: 600.20.20..20.20.20.20.20.20.20..20.20.20.600............
"Santa Clara express" limited north of RWC, 90s timed transfer at RWC, all stops south: 600.30.30...30..30...30.....90..20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20..30.600
All-stops local, 20s dwell, 210s connection at Hillsdale: 600.20.20..20.20.20.20.20.20.20..210.20.20.20..20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20..600.
All-stops local, 20s dwell, 90s connection at Hillsdale: 600.20.20..20.20.20.20.20.20.20..90.20.20.20..20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20..600.
All-stops local, 20s dwell, 210s connection at Redwood City: 600.20.20..20.20.20.20.20.20.20..20.20.20.210..20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20..600.
Palo Alto-Tamien local shuttle: ..................600.20.20.20.20.20.20..30.600
Every station local, including deeply mistaken Oakdale, Hayward Park, Atherton, College Park and Tamien: 900.20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20..20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20.20.900
Standard major-stops express: TTT, Mission Bay, 22nd, Millbrae, Hillsdale, RWC, PA, MV, Santa Clara, SJ: 600.30.30.....30.....30...30...30...30...30..600.
Altamont HSR: TTT, Millbrae, Redwood City ... gone!: 900.......120........120.1...........
Dumbarton shuttle, terminating at Redwood City: ...............600.1...........
SJ-Gilroy-???: ..........................120.1
Los Banos world-of-pain multi-overtake HSR: TTT, Millbrae, Redwood City, SJ: 900.......120........120...........120.1
Caltrain's bizarre set of "Baby Bullet" service patterns, as of 2011
AM-SB:59 .900.45.....45........45..45....45.....900.
PM-NB:25 .900.45.....45........45..45....45.....900.
AM-SB:14 .900.45.....45.....45......45...45.....900.
PM-NB:45 .900.45.....45.....45......45...45.....900.
AM-NB:45 .900......45.....45......45...45.....900.
PM-SB:14 .900......45.....45......45...45.....900.
AM-NB:03 .900......35...35.....35...35....35....150.900
PM-SB:33 .900......150...45.....45...45....45....150.900

Some example timetable scenarios

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The train Type determines the top speed and acceleration/deceleration performance.

Headway controls how many times per hour a run is made.

NB Minutes and SB Minutes are the number of minutes (modulo the train headway) past the hour at which a train is to leave its origin station. So a headway of 15 and a NB minutes of 3 says that the train leaves from its southern origin at 3, 18, 33 and 48 minutes past the hour. Negative numbers are also allowed (-3 being equivalent to 57).

Train colour tells how to shade the time-distance lines lines for different trains in the graphic timetable.

It is a six-character hexadecimal string in the format rrggbb; "FF0000" is saturated red, etc. If you're unfamiliar with this nonsense, web search for "rrggbb html".

Pad% is the percentage by which the inter-station trip time of a train should be increased to allow for recovery from minor service irregularities.

The default is 10 percent, which is far better than dismal present-day Caltrain-style operations; 7 percent is typical for a functioning passenger rail network in an advanced first world industralised democracy, but completely unachievable at Caltrain without level platform boarding and lots of heads rolling.

The Fleet is used to compute the number of trains of different types required to operate the timeable.

Trains with the same "fleet" are assumed to use the same pool of interchangable equipment and so two trains with the same fleet that respectively arrival at and depart from the same terminal station can be operated by the same physical train (and crew) should tbe turnback dwell time between arrival and departure be great enough.

The Operates choice determines whether a given train runs in both directions, northbound only, or southbound only. (Highly asymmetrical operation being typical of old fashioned "commuter railroading".)

As a convenience when developing a timetable, a train's direction may also have placeholder value of "(Placeholder)", which suppresses any display of or computation using that train, but does not delete it from the timetable input data. This is useful for reducing output clutter when attempting to focus on other trains.

An "Operates" of "(Deleted train)" is interpreted as a request to delete that train from the timetable.

Trains may also operate "SB deadhead" or "NB deadhead"; these representing non-revenue, non-passenger train moves that clog up train traffic but do not result in improved service.

"Trains" may also operate "SB external" or "NB external"; these suggestively illustrating, only, arrivals and departures on quasi-parallel connecting transit lines.

(Olde Tyme Commuter Railroading Caltrain, of course, loves non-symmetrical timetables with unbalanced traffic, ad-hoc train stop patterns, and useless deadhead traffic.)

The user interface for specifying Stops is less than wonderful, I know. But you're all Brave Engineers, so deal with it!



Timetable Quality Metrics for Caltrain 2011 PM

See "Formulation of a Service Quality Metric" for an explanation of most of the data in this table.
(Roughly, greener origin/destion cell backgrand = higher "Effective trip speed"; redder = less competitive speed; so-so left unshaded; shortest trips also unshaded
Shading represents wait-adjusted speed alone, not the speed- and population-weigthed score.)
Darker cell borders indicate origin-destination pairs that the simple demographic data indicate ought to have good ridership; this is not affected by user input.

Total Timetable Service Quality Score = 100
SF TransbayMission Bay22nd StreetOakdaleBayshoreSo. San FranciscoSan BrunoMillbraeBroadwayBurlingameSan MateoHayward ParkHillsdaleBelmontSan CarlosRedwood CityAthertonMenlo ParkPalo AltoCalifornia AvenueSan AntonioMountain ViewSunnyvaleLawrenceSanta ClaraCollege ParkSan JoseTamienTotal
SF Transbay----------------------------
Mission Bay--
32
-
-
33
0.03
26
0.26
30
0.18
22
0.53
-
35
0.28
35
0.40
45
0.36
33
0.43
53
0.27
44
0.41
43
1.01
-
48
0.67
43
1.27
56
0.67
63
0.39
55
0.53
59
0.67
77
0.53
83
0.41
-
68
0.35
78
0.11
9.7
22nd Street-
10
-
--
26
-
34
0.10
37
0.08
35
0.19
-
45
0.13
44
0.20
52
0.19
50
0.18
63
0.15
61
0.20
57
0.51
-
64
0.35
60
0.64
77
0.35
81
0.22
73
0.29
76
0.39
96
0.33
90
0.29
-
81
0.23
91
0.08
5.1
Oakdale----------------------------
Bayshore-
31
0.18
27
-
--
26
-
31
0.03
31
0.10
-
40
0.08
39
0.12
47
0.12
50
0.11
54
0.11
57
0.13
55
0.37
-
63
0.26
66
0.44
81
0.26
85
0.17
76
0.23
79
0.32
94
0.29
86
0.28
-
84
0.21
100
0.07
3.9
So. San Francisco-
37
0.34
32
0.08
-
26
-
-
25
-
18
0.03
-
36
0.02
37
0.04
38
0.05
29
0.07
41
0.06
41
0.08
37
0.26
-
43
0.21
50
0.32
54
0.22
59
0.15
56
0.20
68
0.25
72
0.27
71
0.26
-
74
0.19
94
0.06
3.2
San Bruno-
27
0.84
35
0.15
-
31
0.02
25
-
-
32
-
-
19
0.02
22
0.05
36
0.04
28
0.06
43
0.05
34
0.09
43
0.21
-
51
0.18
46
0.36
50
0.26
75
0.13
52
0.25
61
0.32
79
0.29
72
0.31
-
68
0.26
87
0.08
4.0
Millbrae-
24
0.87
20
0.25
-
34
0.02
33
0.02
32
-
--
26
-
23
-
24
0.02
17
0.04
33
0.03
30
0.05
26
0.18
-
31
0.17
28
0.35
42
0.18
46
0.13
40
0.21
44
0.30
62
0.25
61
0.25
-
53
0.24
62
0.08
3.6
Broadway----------------------------
Burlingame-
34
1.16
43
0.23
-
39
0.05
33
0.05
18
0.02
26
-
--
14
-
27
-
20
-
35
0.02
26
0.04
34
0.13
-
43
0.13
38
0.28
42
0.21
66
0.11
44
0.23
54
0.32
70
0.29
64
0.34
-
60
0.31
79
0.09
4.0
San Mateo-
32
1.98
33
0.50
-
43
0.08
37
0.10
21
0.05
18
-
-
14
-
-
24
-
17
-
31
-
22
0.04
25
0.16
-
37
0.16
29
0.39
38
0.26
62
0.14
41
0.30
42
0.51
64
0.41
58
0.51
-
50
0.50
69
0.15
6.2
Hayward Park-
46
1.06
42
0.31
-
46
0.06
40
0.09
36
0.03
25
0.04
-
27
-
23
-
-
24
-
27
-
31
-
27
0.07
-
36
0.09
38
0.18
54
0.11
58
0.09
49
0.16
50
0.28
67
0.26
59
0.34
-
56
0.31
72
0.10
3.6
Hillsdale-
36
1.52
36
0.41
-
49
0.07
43
0.10
26
0.06
21
0.07
-
19
-
16
-
24
-
-
21
-
15
-
19
0.07
-
24
0.11
21
0.27
28
0.18
38
0.12
28
0.26
40
0.33
53
0.32
50
0.40
-
43
0.41
60
0.12
4.8
Belmont-
54
0.96
50
0.28
-
53
0.06
47
0.10
43
0.04
32
0.06
-
34
0.02
25
-
27
-
24
-
-
17
-
25
-
-
33
0.05
32
0.11
36
0.10
51
0.07
36
0.15
48
0.22
60
0.23
52
0.32
-
51
0.29
73
0.09
3.1
San Carlos-
42
1.19
39
0.35
-
56
0.06
50
0.10
32
0.06
24
0.09
-
24
0.03
17
0.03
30
-
16
-
24
-
-
24
-
-
26
0.04
23
0.10
26
0.09
48
0.05
29
0.15
38
0.22
54
0.21
47
0.30
-
45
0.30
63
0.09
3.5
Redwood City-
42
1.81
37
0.57
-
53
0.11
52
0.18
51
0.07
25
0.19
-
41
0.05
27
0.06
35
0.03
29
0.02
28
-
17
-
--
16
-
20
0.07
33
0.06
37
0.06
32
0.13
33
0.26
51
0.25
40
0.43
-
42
0.39
52
0.14
4.9
Atherton----------------------------
Menlo Park-
45
1.29
42
0.40
-
61
0.08
62
0.14
43
0.09
29
0.18
-
36
0.07
28
0.08
48
0.04
27
0.04
41
0.02
19
0.03
18
-
--
23
-
27
-
32
0.02
24
0.05
38
0.09
50
0.11
37
0.24
-
41
0.22
62
0.07
3.3
Palo Alto-
49
1.21
48
0.36
-
67
0.07
61
0.16
42
0.10
33
0.18
-
35
0.08
29
0.10
41
0.06
21
0.07
35
0.03
19
0.05
20
0.04
-
14
-
-
15
-
25
-
17
0.06
20
0.15
37
0.14
40
0.21
-
32
0.28
41
0.10
3.5
California Avenue-
62
1.13
58
0.36
-
80
0.08
75
0.17
70
0.08
45
0.18
-
62
0.07
45
0.09
55
0.07
43
0.06
48
0.04
37
0.04
33
0.06
-
27
-
21
-
-
25
-
19
-
23
0.10
35
0.12
40
0.20
-
35
0.25
48
0.09
3.2
San Antonio-
64
1.34
60
0.43
-
85
0.09
79
0.21
75
0.11
47
0.25
-
66
0.09
49
0.14
59
0.10
44
0.10
52
0.07
42
0.08
37
0.12
-
32
0.03
23
-
25
-
-
24
-
29
0.04
33
0.09
39
0.17
-
42
0.20
56
0.07
3.7
Mountain View-
55
1.45
51
0.48
-
72
0.11
75
0.22
56
0.14
38
0.33
-
49
0.14
41
0.18
63
0.11
34
0.15
57
0.07
32
0.13
29
0.22
-
19
0.10
18
0.14
24
-
24
-
-
16
-
27
0.05
25
0.18
-
22
0.28
39
0.08
4.6
Sunnyvale-
79
1.00
74
0.33
-
94
0.08
88
0.21
77
0.12
61
0.24
-
69
0.12
57
0.17
68
0.13
58
0.12
61
0.09
49
0.12
46
0.22
-
40
0.10
37
0.15
38
0.06
29
0.02
27
-
-
23
-
27
0.09
-
21
0.19
32
0.07
3.6
Lawrence-
73
0.94
71
0.30
-
96
0.07
96
0.18
64
0.14
58
0.25
-
57
0.15
49
0.20
72
0.13
48
0.15
66
0.10
40
0.17
46
0.26
-
34
0.15
29
0.27
32
0.12
33
0.04
23
0.04
20
-
-
26
-
-
29
0.07
39
0.03
3.8
Santa Clara-
83
0.59
79
0.20
-
82
0.07
76
0.19
72
0.10
61
0.21
-
63
0.12
54
0.18
56
0.17
53
0.14
49
0.14
43
0.17
38
0.37
-
47
0.15
31
0.36
39
0.16
38
0.07
34
0.07
35
0.05
25
-
--
17
-
33
-
3.5
College Park----------------------------
San Jose-
69
0.83
64
0.29
-
80
0.08
80
0.22
64
0.15
50
0.35
-
57
0.19
53
0.25
62
0.21
42
0.25
56
0.18
42
0.27
39
0.57
-
35
0.35
29
0.69
38
0.30
40
0.14
23
0.23
33
0.14
23
0.13
17
-
--
17
-
5.8
Tamien-
85
0.73
81
0.26
-
94
0.08
88
0.23
84
0.14
65
0.31
-
75
0.17
66
0.24
69
0.24
55
0.24
62
0.20
55
0.26
51
0.57
-
58
0.28
40
0.68
51
0.31
50
0.17
41
0.20
47
0.17
36
0.15
23
-
-
16
-
-5.6
Total22.46.51.43.01.83.81.82.52.12.21.62.45.43.67.13.92.33.75.14.75.55.51.8100.3