Staff members and volunteers representing Caltrain and SamTrans will be hosting a booth and detailing the environmental benefits of taking transit as part of BART’s Blue Sky Festival this Wednesday.

The sixth annual festival features more than 50 companies from the around the Bay Area, all of whom will be discussing how they employ sustainable environmental practices and how those practices benefit the region. The event will be held at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

SamTrans and Caltrain staff will be demonstrating how using public transit reduces greenhouse gases and dependence on foreign oil, lessens our carbon footprint and strengthens community livability. They’ll be assisted by volunteer Mobility Ambassadors, who will help event attendees sign up for travel training, a program that teaches passengers how to read transit maps, plan trips, locate bus stops, pay fares, and learn tips on how to safely board and exit transit vehicles.

SamTrans Attendees will receive a special Blue Sky Festival Passport (while supplies last), which can be stamped by participating exhibitors. Attendees who collect six stamps on their passport will receive a $6 BART ticket.

Justin Herman Plaza is a ½ block away from BART’s Embarcadero Station and a short walk from a handful of Muni lines, including the F-Market & Wharves historic streetcar line. Passengers traveling on Caltrain can get off at the San Francisco station on Fourth and King streets and transfer to Muni’s N-Judah light-rail line, which makes a stop at the Embarcadero BART Station.


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than three years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad will celebrate 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor by 2019, reducing diesel emissions by 90 percent and adding more service to more stations. 

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About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 76 routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

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Will Reisman

Public Relations Specialist


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