Weekly Roundup: Additional rail cars are now in service

By Tasha Bartholomew, @tashbart

Maker Faire celebrates 10-year anniversary: The 10thannual Maker Faire, The Greatest Show & Tell on Earth, is taking over the San Mateo County Event Center this weekend, Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attendees will be able to check out the latest DIY drones, participate in hands-on activities, and build and play with robots. SamTrans Routes ECR, 292 and 295 can easily take faire goers the event center. For more information about this event, visit www.makerfaire.com.

Take Caltrain to Bay to Breakers: On Sunday, May 17, Caltrain will operate four special trains to get runners to and from the annual Bay to Breakers race. Starting Wednesday, Caltrain will sell One-way tickets and Day passes at station ticket machines with a special “Bay to Breakers” button on the screen. The starting line is about 1.4 miles from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at Fourth and King streets. Participants can walk to the starting line or take the Muni T-Third light rail. Alcohol is prohibited on the special trains.

“New” rail cars added today: On Monday, May 11, Caltrain added an extra car to all Bombardier train sets currently in operation. The sixth car provides an additional 150 seats and increases standing room during the peak-hour commute. Caltrain purchased 16 used rail cars earlier this year in response to the growth in demand on the railroad and significant overcrowding on many of its peak hour trains. The six-car trains are assigned to the most popular trains in Caltrain’s peak period, but will operate during other times of the day as well. Caltrain put four of the 16 cars into service, following some maintenance and minor repair and conversion work. The other 12 cars require more extensive repair work and will be rolled into service as they are ready. Additional work includes converting a number of the new cars to accommodate onboard bicycle storage. When the conversion project is complete, Caltrain will add a third bike car to Bombardier train sets bringing the total number of bike spaces available on those sets to 72. The agency hopes to begin bringing those additional bike cars online within the next year.

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