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College Park is a station Caltrain has been trying to close for many years and has failed to close bowing to community pressure. The main users are students commuting to and from Bellarmine College Prep and the schedule of the two trains stopping per day in each direction are geared towards students, with San Francisco-bound trains stopping (as of the October 2012 timetable) at 7:58am (coming from Gilroy) and 3:08pm (the last local train before the PM rush), and southbound service at 7:59am and 4:32pm (the first train of the PM rush, running to Gilroy). The stop and platforms were originally just south of the Stockton Avenue grade crossing, but this street was split in two with the closure of this grade crossing for safety reasons in 2005. The Prep School is along this side of the tracks so the closure isn't an issue for these users.

The station consist of a historic wooden waiting shelter with a gabled roof held up by a number of white columns and red benches along two of the outside walls. The tops of the roof have white College Park signs with To San Francisco 46 miles and elevation 84 Feet on each side of the name. There is one TVM and one Clipper Card Tap Reader. Just outside the shelter is a simple with all caps text red College Park sign visible from the street with the entrance from Stockton Street (that runs north-south and was an oddly angled grade crossing, just north of the station) where all traffic must now veer west down Emory Street.

To reach the trains is a grade crossing across a siding track that is a yard lead into Caltrain's main maintenance facility just south of the station. Next is a narrow old platform with a yellow line (used by southbound trains) and a concrete level-crossing that leads out to a boarding platform painted 'don't wait here' yellow out to the next track (used by northbound trains). This makes the station a hold out station and not ADA compliant.
All Photos taken on 14 June, 2013

Approaching the station
Across from the station (yes there is a nice waiting area)
The waiting area and shelter
The larger College Park sign and five tracks by the station
Sign on top of the shelter
Inside the shelter is the station's single TVM
The TVM and blue I need help bench outside the station
The grade crossing to the sort of platform and then second don't wait on me platform
Signs opposite the station for the two directions
The yard lead, main platform and second platform view north
The view south
The blue bench and TVM behind it
The view south
The wooden bench inside the waiting shelter
The sign by the entrance
The shelter and the station's Clipper Tap Off Reader outside of it
Bollards keep cars from driving too close to the station and onto the tracks on the curving street
Near the station, at a nearby underpass a Caltrain of Galley Cars passes
The rear galley car
The Caltrain logo on its maintenance facility is just south of the College Park Station
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