By Will Reisman, @WillReisman

SamTrans to Assist BART During Track Shutdown: BART will begin the first of seven planned closures between its Daly City and Balboa Park stations this weekend, and SamTrans will be providing mutual aid to ensure that passengers can still travel on transit in the area. BART is shutting down service to make much-needed track repairs on July 30 and 31. The work will begin after the end of service on Friday night and will be completed in time for the beginning of service on Monday. The SamTrans shuttle service will be free, with each ride between the Daly City and Glen Park BART stations taking approximately 15-20 minutes. All buses will be accessible for passengers with disabilities.

CaptureTake Transit to Enjoy Silicon Valley Beer Week Responsibly: Tons of tasty microbrews and craft beers will be celebrated in the Peninsula and the South Bay as part of the 4th annual Silicon Valley Beer Week festivities. Lasting until July 30, the beer week will feature events from Redwood City to Los Gatos and all spaces between, as beer connoisseurs get a chance to sip their favorite ales, lagers, pilsners and other delicious drinks. The beer week will also feature craft demonstrations, seminars, food and drink pairing sessions, and brewmaster dinners. It would be a shame if patrons were unable to fully enjoy the celebrations, so attendees should use public transportation to visit the various venues. SamTrans, Caltrain and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority all serve the communities participating in Silicon Valley Beer Week.

Mineta Institute Talks High Speed Rail: With the arrival of high-speed rail in Silicon Valley less than a decade away, questions are beginning to arise about how the system will interact with existing transportation networks like Caltrain, BART, Capital Corridor and the Altamont Corridor Express. On Tuesday, the Mineta Transportation Institute will sponsor a summit to examine those topics and explore other issues that may arise with the advent of high-speed rail. The summit, titled Transportation Transformation: High Speed Rail in Silicon Valley, will take place at the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce in San Jose from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Valley Transportation Authority has several local buses that provide direct service to the chamber.

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