Week in Transit: SFPride, SJBlues, 511 Web Redesign

By Will Reisman, @WillReisman

prideShow Your Pride in San Francisco: The SF Pride weekend is always one of the biggest and most joyous events in San Francisco. The country’s largest celebration of LGBT culture and heritage, SF Pride includes an enormous parade, live music, food and drink vendors and activist resources centers. It’s a huge party. But this year the event will have a more somber feel, following the tragic events at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Area residents can show that they won’t let fear cower them by coming out in strong numbers to support the LGBT community in San Francisco on June 25 and 26. Caltrain will be doing its small part by increasing service on Sunday to make sure that as many people as possible can attend the SF Pride parade. SF Pride weekend should be a great moment to turn tragedy into triumph.

Bask in the Blues: San Jose will be the place to embrace your inner B.B. King and Muddy Waters on Saturday, when the city hosts the 35th annual Fountain Blues Festival. Music-lovers can hear plenty of guitar screaming and tales of woe and heartbreak, as talented acts like the California Honeydrops, the Otis Taylor Band and Maria Muldaur take the stage for the one-day event. Caltrain runs hourly weekend service to its San Jose Diridon Station, and from there, attendees can hop on multiple Valley Transportation Authority buses for the trip to Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, which is home to the blues festival.

California Motorists Need to Clean Up Their Act: California’s roads are filled with litterbug motorists, according to a new study released by Caltrans, the state’s transportation department. Nearly half of all drivers admitted to dumping rubbish on the side of the state’s highways, with the discarded trash ranging from old furniture to lawn clippings. The study was released last week, and was the result of interviews with more than 300 California drivers over the age of 18. The survey was conducted to measure California highway drivers’ awareness behaviors when it comes to maintaining clean highways for the purposes of untainted water supplies. Much of the trash run-off from the state’s highways eventually makes it to local water sources.

511 Website Now Featuring Shiny New Redesign: The Bay Area’s one-stop shop for transit and traffic information, www.511.org, recently launched a new and updated version of itself. Visitors to 511.org, which is managed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, can check out new features of the transportation site, which provides real-time information on traffic conditions and transit delays. The easy-to-navigate website also provides details on the Clipper card, the FasTrak program and other helpful tools for regional travelers.

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