Bicycles on Trains

Bicycle access on trains is rather limited in the United States. When allowed, bicycles are often restricted to a maximum number per car, limited to certain hours of operation, and prohibited on full cars. Access, however, has improved over the last 20 years with most major rail systems providing some accommodations for bicycles. Check your local transit agency for its specific policies regarding bicycles on trains.

Examples of bicycles on trains

Caltrain: a model program

  • Caltrain provides bicycle access on its trains at no charge.
  • Capacity per rail car ranges from 16 bicycles on Baby Bullet cars to 32 bicycles on gallery cars.
  • More than 2,000 cyclists use the Caltrain on-board service each weekday.

Other examples