Building for the future requires that we understand what exists today. Here you’ll find an introduction to basic rail concepts, as well as a map of rail lines and services that currently exist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Trains and grade separations
Trains and noise
Click in square in map below for south bay detail
|To view what we’d like to see built in the future, see our projects page.||Altamont Commuter Express (ACE)|
|Amtrak Capitol Corridor|
|Amtrak San Joaquins (Oakland-Bakersfield, Sacramento-Bakersfield)|
|Amtrak long distance: Coast Starlight (LA-Seattle via Salinas, Oakland, Sacramento); California Zephyr (Emeryville-Sacramento-Chicago)|
|former freight rights-of-way owned by local transit agencies|
|tourist excursion (former freight lines, not all lines shown)|
|freight trains only (not all lines shown)|
|dark edges indicate freight operations, in combination with passenger services (colors)|
Passenger rail service is provided by Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), Amtrak (Capitol Corridor, Coast Starlight, California Zephyr, San Joaquins), BART, and Caltrain.
Tourist excursion trains
Designed to provide a historical, entertaining experience rather than transportation per se.
- Napa Wine Train
- Niles Canyon Railway – A former SP line that was part of the original transcontinental railroad, the Niles Canyon Line (Canyon Line) is now owned by Alameda County and licensed by the Pacific Locomotive Association for their historic rail excursions.
- Roaring Camp Railroads
- Skunk Train