Week in Transit: Super Bowl Comes to the Bay Area, Vets Get Their Chance to Shine, Plus Changes to BART Fares

The Super Bowl. Duh: The biggest sporting event of the year will take place on Sunday when the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. For fans lucky enough to grab tickets, Caltrain and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will be providing extra service and adding extra capacity for the game. There are also plenty of watering holes along the Peninsula where fans can watch the big game, and Caltrain and SamTrans are perfect options for travelling to those spots. Before the Super Bowl, there will be plenty of festivities happening around the Bay Area, and, like for the big game, Caltrain will be increasing service and adding capacity. From the crazy commercials to the action on the field, there is nothing quite like watching the Super Bowl, and the Bay Area’s public transit systems will be working overtime to make sure no one misses a minute.

Wounded Warriors Football Team

 

More Football—and For a Great Cause: The Super Bowl won’t be the only game of football happening this weekend in the Bay Area. On Saturday, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT)—a squad comprised of former members of the Armed Forces who lost their limbs in the line of duty—will compete in a flag football game at the College of San Mateo. The veterans will be teamed up with more than 40 NFL alumni, including former 49er greats Dana Stubblefield, Bill Romanowski, William Floyd and Derrick Deese. The game, which kicks off at noon, is free for students and children, and $10 for adults, with all the proceeds benefitting local and national disabled veterans initiatives and the WWAFT. SamTrans’ Routes 250 and Route 260 provide direct service to the College of San Mateo, so fans can get to the game using public transportation.

BART Parking Fees Increase Today: Commuters parking at three East Bay BART stations should take note of the new daily fees that will go into effect today. The regional rail agency will implement 50-cent increases at the West Oakland, Richmond and Hayward stations. As a result of the changes, it will cost $8 a day to park in West Oakland, $2.50 in Richmond and $2.00 in Hayward. Parking lot usage is evaluated every 6 months by BART. As part of the agency’s demand management policies, if the lot at a station is full, then the daily parking fee may increase by 50¢. If the lot is less than 95% full, then the fee may decrease by 50¢.

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