By Will Reisman, @Willreisman
Transit Agencies Adjusting Schedule for 4th of July: Summer is now in full swing with the upcoming arrival of the 4th of July, which also means the region’s transportation agencies will be adjusting their schedules for the Independence Day holiday on Monday. Most agencies, like Caltrain, SamTrans, BART, Muni, and the Valley Transportation Agency, will operate on a Sunday schedule, meaning reduced service and later start times. The Golden Gate Bridge’s ferry and transit services will operate a Holiday schedule, which, much like the agency’s Sunday schedule, will result in fewer bus and ferry options. Not all the services will be scaled back, however, as Caltrain will be offering up four extra late-night trains heading southbound out of San Francisco, so that revelers there will be able to watch the 4th of July fireworks display on the waterfront.
Golden Gate Bridge Tolls Increasing July 1: Motorists crossing the Golden Gate Bridge will notice a little extra dent in their wallet starting on Friday, as the result of increased toll rates on the iconic span. On July 1, drivers will begin paying $6.50 to cross the bridge, an increase of 25 cents from the current rate. Carpoolers will pay a $4.50 toll, another 25-cent hike from the current rate. The toll increases were part of a multi-year budget plan approved in 2014 aimed at addressing the Golden Gate Bridge District’s five-year budget shortfall. Along with the hikes to motorists, the agency’s ferry and bus services will increase fares by 4 percent, starting on July 1.
San Francisco Host Fillmore Jazz Festival: The revered history of San Francisco’s jazz legacy will be celebrated this weekend with a two-day festival in the city’s Fillmore District neighborhood. The 32nd annual Fillmore Jazz Festival will feature four different stages showcasing some of the genre’s finest performers, including Kim Nalley, Howard Wiley, and Zakiya Harris. Along with live music performances, the festival will also offer up dancing lessons, art displays, gourmet food and drink stands and much more. The event, which is expected to attract 100,000, takes place on Fillmore Street, between Jackson and Eddy streets, and can be accessed by Muni’s 22-Fillmore bus line.