By Will Reisman, @WillReisman
Happy Easter!: There is no better way to prepare for the Easter holiday than by stocking up on a nice stash of Easter eggs. With the holiday set for this Sunday, children can get their fill of goodies early by participating in the 2016 San Mateo Eggstravaganza this Saturday. Taking place at San Mateo’s Central Park, the event will feature four different Easter egg hunts throughout the day, with different courses set aside for various age groups. The Eggstravaganza also includes a pancake breakfast, plenty of arts and games, plus a special performance from a Magician. The free festival kicks off at 9 a.m. Caltrain’s Saturday Schedule offers plenty of options for getting to the San Mateo Caltrain Station, which is a 10-minute walk from Central Park. Additionally, SamTrans’ Route ECR provides direct service to the park.
BART Track Closures Coming Up: BART passengers traveling through the East Bay should plan ahead this weekend, as the agency’s trackway will be closed between San Leandro and Bay Fair stations for maintenance work. The closure will last from the end of service on Friday until the beginning of service on Monday morning. A bus bridge will be set up to transport passengers between the two stations, but riders should expect delays of 30 minutes to an hour as a result. This weekend’s closure is the first of seven planned weekend shutdowns on that section of the track. Additional closures are scheduled for later this year between the Balboa Park and the Daly City stations, and between the South Hayward and Fremont stations. The track maintenance work is part of the agency’s “Building a Better BART” program, an extensive operation to upgrade the safety and reliability of the system’s aging infrastructure.
Golden Gate Transit Canceling Bus Routes to Improve Predictability: Due to a shortage in staffing and resources, Golden Gate Transit will cancel three of its bus routes starting on Monday. The agency, which provides bus service from the North Bay to San Francisco, has indefinitely suspended its 4, 24 and 54 lines, a development that will actually make the system more reliable. Due to its staffing shortages, Golden Gate Transit had been frequently canceling trips on those bus lines, leaving its passengers with little notice of the service changes. With those lines no longer operating on a daily basis, the agency can reallocate its resources to other bus lines, making them more reliable.