Hayward station (Amtrak)

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Hayward, CA
Capitol Corridor train at Hayward station, July 2018.JPG
A northbound Capitol Corridor train at Hayward station in 2018
Location22555 Meekland Avenue
Hayward, California
Coordinates37°39′58″N 122°05′57″W / 37.6660°N 122.0993°W / 37.6660; -122.0993Coordinates: 37°39′58″N 122°05′57″W / 37.6660°N 122.0993°W / 37.6660; -122.0993
Owned byCity of Hayward (shelter and parking)
Union Pacific (platforms and tracks)[1]
Line(s)UP Niles Subdivision[2]
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport AC Transit: 34, 56, 83, 93
Parking50 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeHAY
OpenedMay 29, 1997
Passengers (2017)229,153[3][4]Increase 6.37%
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward San Jose
Capitol Corridor Oakland Coliseum
toward Auburn

Hayward is an Amtrak intercity train station in Hayward, California, United States. It is served by seven daily round trips of the Capitol Corridor route. The station has two side platforms serving the main track and a passing siding; most trains use the platform on the main track.

Hayward station opened as an infill station on May 29, 1997; the town had previously seen railroad service from 1865 to 1941.


The abandoned 1885-built station in 1975

Railroad service in Haywards (later Hayward) began with the San Francisco and Alameda Railroad in August 1865. The terminal station was located at Watkins Street and D Street in downtown Haywards.[1] It was destroyed in the 1868 Hayward earthquake, which bankrupted the railroad. The line was taken over in 1869 by the Central Pacific Railroad (CP).[1] The CP built its own line (part of the First Transcontinental Railroad) and station slightly to the west, and abandoned the original line south of San Leandro in 1873.

Transcontinental service was shifted from the CP to a northern route on the California Pacific Railroad in 1879. The Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) leased the CP in 1885 and constructed a two-story wood station of standard design at Hayward.[1] Long-distance service to the south was switched to the Coast Line around 1909, but local passenger service to Hayward continued until 1941.[5] Freight service continued on the line, and the station remained intact until it was destroyed by a 1982 fire.[1]

Amtrak Capitols (later Capitol Corridor) service between Sacramento and San Jose began in 1991; it ran through Hayward without stopping. After the success of other infill stations on the line, a station at Hayward was opened on May 29, 1997.[6] A station shelter was constructed in the Arts and Crafts style.[1] A siding track with a rarely-used second platform was added around 2006.[2]

A 2016-released Vision Plan called for Capitol Corridor trains to be rerouted over the Coast Subdivision, which is used by less freight service. Hayward station would be closed under that plan.[7]

Bus connections[edit]

The station is served by four AC Transit local bus routes: route 34 runs adjacent to the station on Meekland Street, while routes 56, 83, and 93 run on A Street. All four routes run to the larger bus terminal at Hayward BART station.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Hayward, CA (HAY)". Great American Stations. Amtrak.
  2. ^ a b SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail NETWORK SCHEMATICS" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 4.
  3. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2017, State of California" (pdf). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2016, State of California" (pdf). Amtrak. November 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Vurek, Matthew Gerald (2016). Images of Modern America: California’s Capitol Corridor. Arcadia Publishing. p. 40. ISBN 9781467124171.
  6. ^ "Amtrak's Capitol Line To Stop in Hayward". San Francisco Chronicle. May 28, 1997.
  7. ^ "CAPITOL CORRIDOR INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE ANNUAL BUSINESS PLAN FY2019-20–FY2020-21" (PDF). Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority. pp. 9–10.

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