Week in Transit:VTA Funding Discussed, Flowers at Tulipmania & Giants Fan Fest

By Will Reisman, @WillReisman

San Jose City Council to Discuss VTA Funding Options: The San Jose City Council will meet tomorrow to discuss possible plans to endorse the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s $1.8 billion tax measure initiative. As part of the half-cent sales tax measure, VTA would use the $1.8 billion to extend BART service into Silicon Valley, help fix roads in disrepair and invest in measure to reduce traffic congestion. The measure is slated to appear before voters on the November 2016 ballot. An endorsement by the San Jose City Council could generate key support for the proposal. The council will meet tomorrow night at 9:30 a.m. at 200 East Santa Clara Street.

Find The Perfect Flower For Your Valentine: With all the activity happening lately in the Bay Area, significant others may be surprised to learn that Valentine’s Day is on Sunday. Fortunately for unsuspecting Romeos (and Juliets), San Francisco will be hosting the weeklong Tulipmania, which kicks off Saturday at Pier 39. While they’re not exactly red roses, visitors will have a chance to check out more than 39,000 tulips, with free guided tours starting at 10 a.m. every day from February 13 – 21. Flower-lovers coming from the Peninsula can take Caltrain to the San Francisco station and transfer to Muni’s E-Embarcadero historic streetcar line for a direct trip to Pier 39.

fanfest_logoGiants Fan Appreciation Day Returns to AT&T Park: Feeling down about the end of the NFL season? No worry—that means that the start of baseball is right around the corner. With spring training less than a month away, the Giants will host their annual Fan Fest at AT&T Park on Saturday. Giants’ backers will get a chance to hang on the field, talk to players, grab autographs and snack on some tasty ballpark concoctions as part of the event. The festival runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Caltrain’s weekend schedule provides plenty of options for getting to the stadium on time. And with the San Francisco Caltrain Station just one block from AT&T Park, there is no excuse for missing any minute of Fan Day.

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