Yes, this is real.
For our South Bay weekend-commuters, we’ve got some pretty annoying news but in 2019, Caltrain plans to make it up to you. Beginning October 6 there will be no Caltrain service at either of the San Francisco stations on Saturdays and Sundays. Bayshore Station will be the rail line’s northernmost weekend drop off until “late spring 2019.”
According to the Caltrain official team, the stoppage “is necessary to complete the San Francisco tunnel work, which will pave the way for Caltrain Electrification.” Caltrain’s San Francisco section includes four tunnels. During the weekend work sessions, “crews will create additional clearance and install anchor bolts in the tunnel ceilings to facilitate the installation of the overhead contact system that will power the new electric trains.”
And for those wondering about options, in terms of their transportation, “In the meantime, buses will move passengers between the SF Caltrain station at Fourth and King and the weekend Bayshore terminus. But “buses will run on a schedule different from the standard Caltrain weekend schedule, so plan for additional travel time.” Under the current schedule, passenger service on the new trains would start around the beginning of 2022.
Sorry gang, we hope this helps.