Week in Transit: A Halloween Hootenanny, Thursday Night Football & Oktoberun

By Will Reisman, @WillReisman

Have a Hooting Good Time in San Francisco: Fall has officially arrived in the Bay Area, which means it’s time for the little kiddies to don their costumes and fill up on tasty treats for Halloween. Although the official day is on October 31, there will be plenty of pre-Halloween activities to keep families busy until then, including the 10th annual Children’s Halloween Hootenanny in San Francisco this Saturday. The free event will feature music and performances, games, art projects, jump houses and raffles. The theme for this year’s event is “Cops and Robbers,” so parents can expect plenty of amateur police officers and perhaps a few canny burglars to be attending the festival. The Hootenanny starts at 11 a.m. and is located at the Kezar Pavilion, near Golden Gate Park. Families coming from the Peninsula can take Caltrain to the San Francisco station and transfer there to Muni’s N-Judah light-right line for a direct trip to the gathering.

CaptureRedwood City is the Place to Be for Oktoberun: Whether it’s families and friends cheering on participants, or competitors looking to take home the top prize, Redwood City is the place to be on Saturday for the 5th annual Oktoberun. One of the few races on the Peninsula that features a ½-Marathon length, the Oktoberun also includes a 5K version, making the event accessible to both amateur joggers and hard-core racers. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. for the racers taking on the 13-mile version, and 7:45 a.m. for the 3.1-mile offering. The starting line for the race is at 750 Bradford Street, just a short walk from the Redwood City Caltrain Station.

Caltrain and VTA Urging Fans to Plan Ahead for Rare Thursday Night 49ers’ Game at Levi’s Stadium: With a capacity that nearly reaches 70,000 people, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara can become a pretty crowded place, pretty quickly, for 49ers games. Fortunately for football fans, most of the games take place on Sunday afternoon, at a time when public transit systems aren’t packed to the gills with daily commuters. However, on Thursday, the 49ers will host their bitter rival the Seattle Seahawks at 5:25 p.m.—a kickoff time that puts football fans squarely in conflict with the daily customers of Caltrain and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Caltrain passengers should expect seats to be at a premium aboard the trains on Thursday and plan accordingly. Additionally, VTA, which provides direct service to the stadium (including trips from the Caltrain Mountain View Station), is recommending that its passengers provide plenty of time for their trip to the game, and to expect crowded conditions aboard its light-rail lines. Football fans will be able to get to the game, but it might take a little longer and be a little more congested on public transit beforehand.

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