Weekly Roundup: Wrestlemania, Rock N Roll run & Museum Week

By Will Reisman, @WillReisman

wwe-event-1100x734-650x434Caltrain, VTA Gearing Up for Wrestlemania Weekend: The Caltrain and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority systems might feature a few more people than normal wearing elbow pads and bandanas on Sunday, as huge crowds are expected for the Wrestlemania 31 event happening at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. More than 70,000 wrestling fans are expected to attend the event, the largest crowd ever carried on the local transit systems serving Levi’s Stadium. Caltrain will provide extra service to its Mountain View station, where passengers can transfer to VTA’s light-rail system for a 30-minute ride to the stadium.

Rocking Runners Hit Up San Francisco: Whether you to choose to run, cheer, or just take in the scene, the annual Rock N Roll Half Marathon in San Francisco is always a great time. The race, slated to begin at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, will take participants from Ocean Beach through the Presidio, over and back on the Golden Gate Bridge and through the Marina before closing at the Civic Center Plaza. There are plenty of great spots to cheer on the racers, and the finish line, which will feature a live performance from the rock ‘n’ roll band American Authors, is just a few blocks from the BART/Muni Civic Center Station. The San Francisco Caltrain Station is 1.5 miles from the event, and Muni’s N-Judah light-rail line can take passengers directly from the station to the race finish line.

Service Disruptions Coming to BART for Vital Repair Work: Passengers travelling on BART in the East Bay will want to plan accordingly this spring and summer, as the rail agency will be shutting down portions of its system to make equipment and track repairs. The work, which will ensure safer and more reliable service, will require the entire trackway between Fruitvale and the Coliseum stations in Oakland to be closed on some weekends between April and August. During the track shutdown, BART will operate a bus bridge between the two stations, but that service could result in 30 – 60 minute delays for passengers. The agency will dispatch ambassadors to various stations to alert riders about the changes, but BART customers should listen carefully to operator and station announcements during this time, as the service will not meet the regular schedule during these weekends. The Oakland Airport Connector, the automated system that travels between the Coliseum Station and the Oakland Airport will remain open during the construction period.

International #MuseumWeek Debuts Today: Billed as a way to celebrate venerable cultural institutions, this Twitter-based campaign encourages patrons of the arts to use the hashtag #MuseumWeek and share their experiences on the social media platform. There are different themes for each day of the week, where Twitter users and organizations can share posts about topics ranging from museum architecture to souvenir shop gifts while posting photos of themselves at their favorite local institutions. The Bay Area is abound with world-renown museums, such as the San Jose Museum of Art, which can be reached from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station by using the San Jose Bike Share system.

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