You don’t need to be a creative genius to know that Caltrain and SamTrans are the smart choices for travelling to the ever-popular Maker Faire event this weekend.
The family-friendly do-it-yourself gathering at the San Mateo County Event Center will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The event center is a little more than a ½-mile walk from Caltrain’s Hillsdale and Hayward Park stations.
Caltrain’s weekend schedule offers hourly service on Saturdays and Sundays, making all local stops between San Jose and San Francisco. Passengers can also ride the Weekend Baby Bullet train, which makes two daily round-trips and stops at the Hillsdale station. SamTrans Route ECR stops at El Camino Real and 25th Avenue, three blocks from the entrance to the event center. SamTrans Route 292 serves stops at the west entrance to the center.
Additionally, the Maker Faire will be operating a free shuttle service between the Millbrae Caltrain Station and the San Mateo County Event Center. The shuttles will run continuously beginning at 9:30 a.m. on both days, ending at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. More information about public transportation options to the gathering is available here.
This Maker Faire showcases individual creativity and grassroots innovation in the largest festival devoted to DIY culture and technology in the country. Along with the usual display of innovative creations from talented artists and tinkerers, Intel—the international chip company based in Santa Clara—will be hosting 11 different demo stations, in honor of the event’s 11th year.
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 five 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 celebrated 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, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.
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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