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PHOTOS: Redwood City's Train Station as a Hub of History

Redwood City's Caltrain station provides transportation for workers, a ride to San Francisco for Giants fans, and an interesting historical background for Bay Area history buffs.

The Redwood City Caltrain station is one among many located along the Peninsula, running from Gilroy in the south to San Francisco in the north.

Although the San Carlos station was the first to be established, the Redwood City station was not far behind. Historically, towns were located near and along the
train tracks, therefore being able to have access to easy transport and catering their businesses to the train passengers. Because of this, many towns centered their downtown areas around the train stations, and plots of land allotted to homes and businesses are much smaller and crowded along the tracks.

The Redwood City train station is no exception, as it is located right in the heart of the bustling downtown area, bordering Safeway, the Century 20 Movie Theater, and many other business establishments.

This station is a huge commuter station, drawing passengers that commute to San Francisco, Palo Alto, and other cities along the train's route. The Redwood City station also has trains (and several bullet trains) that take countless passengers to Giants games throughout the week. Kids, teens, and adults alike hop on the train for a quick traffic-free ride striaght to AT&T Park.

The Peninsula Caltrain line makes stops in San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Burlingame, San Mateo and many other cities, making north and southbound runs countless times a day. In an effort to “go green” and encourage train rides as opposed to driving a car, many local companies such as Genetech, offer their employees an incentive to take the train to work every day. For this reason, many employees take the early morning trains to their respective places of business.

So this summer, whether it's just a train ride to work, or a trip up to the City, try Caltrain: it's the fun and easy alternative to driving!

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