Weekly Roundup: GG Transit Service, Portuguese Heritage & SF Safe Streets Event

By Will Reisman, @WillReisman

Golden Gate Transit Adjusting Service: Passengers on Golden Gate Transit will notice some changes to the agency’s scheduling and service operations starting on Sunday. The adjustments, aimed at improving service efficiency and scheduling delivery, will affect nearly two dozen bus lines and the Larkspur Ferry Shuttle. Golden Gate Transit, which operates between the North Bay and San Francisco, periodically makes these scheduling and service changes in response to ridership and traffic trends. Along with the adjustments, which will be rolled out over two days, the agency is poised to raise fares on its bus and ferry system. The fare increases will happen on July 1.

Kids play foursquare on the streets during a Sunday Streets event.

Kids play foursquare on the streets during a Sunday Streets event.

Golden Gate Park, Great Highway Opening to Pedestrians and Bicyclists on Sunday: San Francisco’s experiment with closing down streets to automobile traffic continues this weekend, with the staging of the Sunday Streets event in the city’s Sunset District neighborhood. Families will be able to walk, jog, bike, roller skate or move in however manner they choose (as long as the method is not motorized) for long stretches of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway, all of which will be off-limits to cars. As with every Sunday Streets gathering, there will be plenty of activities available along the event route. The street closures will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday and last through 4 p.m.

San Jose Hosts Annual Portuguese Heritage Festival: Kelley Park in San Jose will be the scene this weekend for live music, a parade, tasty food and beverage concoctions and a children’s carnival, all part of the annual Dia de Portugal Festival. Staged annually on the second Saturday of June, the event will gather the Bay Area’s Portuguese-American residents for a daylong celebration. The gathering, hosted by the Portuguese Heritage Society of California, is one of the state’s largest celebrations of Portuguese heritage. Admission the event, which will last from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, is free. Festival attendees can get to the event by taking Caltrain to the Tamien station, where they can transfer to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s Line 25 bus route for a direct trip to Kelley Park.

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