About Us

BayRail Alliance is a non-profit, 501(c)4 organization founded in 1983. For more than 20 years, we have advocated for improvements to rail public transit in the San Francisco Bay Area that will efficiently produce a quantum leap in their quality and convenience. Our mission is to build public awareness of and support for these plans, so as to improve our environment and quality of life.

We’re interested in rail’s current and future potential to help the Bay Area reduce its dependence on automobiles, stop climate change and improve air quality, and for many other benefits.

»Why we need public transit and what’s needed to make it work

»More about our history

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If you have a question or complaint about public transit, please see our Transit Info and Frequently Asked Questions pages before contacting us.

BayRail Alliance has been mentioned or quoted in many newspapers in northern California. View press articles

Members of the media can contact us via e-mail or webform.

Board members:

  • Andy Chow (President), Redwood City
  • Jonathan Mason (Vice president), Berkeley
  • Michael Graff, Fremont
  • Paul Wendt, Belmont
  • Peter Rasmussen, Mountain View

2013-2014 Goals

  1. Support progress on elements of our regional rail plan, including:
    • Electrification and improvements to Caltrain
    • Downtown San Francisco extension
  2. Support dedicated funding for Caltrain operation.
  3. Facilitate dialogue and educate the public about HSR + Caltrain blended approach.

Accomplishments include

  • Rallied Caltrain riders and the community and successfully prevented massive Caltrain service cut in 2011.
  • Keeping the Transbay Terminal/Caltrain Downtown Extension project in San Francisco alive and moving forward at several critical junctures.
  • Holding the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to its 1996 Measure B promise to increase Caltrain service. Our efforts resulted in VTA agreeing to double midday Caltrain service in 2000 (from hourly to half-hourly on weekdays), and to add additional evening service.
  • In 1999, we got the Caltrain board to approve making electrification a top priority and to agree to operate planned Dumbarton Rail service.
  • We got Caltrain to implement its bikes on Caltrain program beginning with a pilot project in 1992.
  • We helped saved Caltrain when Southern Pacific Railroad wanted to shut it down in the 1980’s.