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I read on http://www.caltrain.com/riderinfo/Parking.html (mirror):

Parking is available for Caltrain customers at most Caltrain stations.

How does Caltrain check whether cars parked at Caltrain stations belong to Caltrain customers?


From https://www.parkme.com/en-gb/lot/187135/mountain-view-station-mountain-view-ca, found by Nate Eldredge: "Permit Parking for Caltrain Patrons ONLY".

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    Other than the San Fransisco terminus, my impression is that most of the stations are not in areas where parking space is particularly scarce. (In fact my impression of the entire Silicon Valley was something like one giant parking lot with a few office buildings scattered throughout it). Why would people who're not taking the train even want to park at a Caltrain station rather than closer to where they're actually going? – Henning Makholm Feb 5 at 9:24
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    @HenningMakholm thanks for the downvote... I have my own use cases. Why would I have asked the question otherwise? – Franck Dernoncourt Feb 5 at 9:25
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    @HenningMakholm "they don't check" is a valid answer. – Franck Dernoncourt Feb 5 at 9:35
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    You may want to contact Caltrain directly (e.g. via Twitter) to find out if there is actually a rule that only Caltrain customers may park in those lots. In other situations where such a rule exists, a typical method of enforcement is that if you are seen parking your car and then walking somewhere else, you get a ticket or your car is towed. There may be surveillance cameras to provide proof. – Nate Eldredge Feb 5 at 15:06
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    I did find exactly one photo of a sign saying "Permit Parking for Caltrain Patrons ONLY": goo.gl/images/4Xu8AG. It's not clear whether it is current. – Nate Eldredge Feb 5 at 15:08
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It is nowhere stated on the page you are linking to that the parking lots are not available to non-customers or customers of other train companies.

If you continue reading on the same page, some stations offer free parking. At other stations, you have to pay for parking anyway and there are two options availble:

  • a daily parking permit, obviously available to anyone
  • a monthly parking permit, only available to Caltrain customers who already have a monthly pass (for the train)

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