Weekly Roundup, Jan. 12, 2015

By Will Reisman, @WillReisman

IMG_0782SamTrans Scheduling Changes: As a way of responding to changing traffic impacts and customer travel patterns, SamTrans adjusted the schedules and service of more than two dozen bus lines on Sunday, January 11. SamTrans adjusts its schedule three times a year, as a way of making service more reliable and efficient for its customer. Of the lines adjusted on Sunday, 10 primarily served high school students on the Peninsula. The Route ECR and the 112, 130 and 275 bus lines also had their service schedules tweaked slightly.

High Speed Rail Breaks Ground: After years of political wrangling, planning studies and various legal battles, construction finally began last week on the state’s high-speed rail project. Hailed as an innovative solution to the issue of climate change, the $68 billion bullet train will one day connect passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a little more than 2 ½ hours. For the portion between San Jose and San Francisco, the high-speed rail network will share tracks with an electrified Caltrain as part of a blended system.

Bay Area Pet Expo Returns to San Jose This Weekend: San Jose will transform into a haven for animal lovers this weekend with the staging of the 5th annual Bay Area Pet Expo. Taking place at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, the expo has a bit of everything, from agility tests to pet talent shows and costume contests (no word on how enjoyable our four-legged friends find this last competition.) The county fairgrounds are accessible through various bus and light-rail lines operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, which include connections from Caltrain’s San Jose Diridon station.

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