Caltrain’s Bayshore Station is the system’s gateway to San Francisco to the north and the Peninsula to the south. It has served as the hub for the growing commercial and residential development in the area and will interface with other transit to form a multimodal destination. Designed with engineering simplicity in mind, the major structural component is the elevator/stair towers and the pedestrian bridge that span four tracks. In keeping with the station’s straight-forward design approach, its structural grid is simple and without ornamentation, and the entire project consists of essentially three materials: structural steel tube, glass block, and coated wire mesh.
Because safety and security were of primary concern the structural-steel-tube framework of the station allows for large, open expanses of glass and coated wire mesh panels that allow clear sight lines throughout the station area.
The project required multiple stakeholder coordination including Caltrain/Joint Powers Board, Amtrak, UPRR and local agencies was required.