Week in Transit: Holiday Service, Christmas in the Park & Turkey Bowl

Transit Agencies Shift Service for Thanksgiving Holiday: Turkey Day is upon us, which means families can pig out and watch some football with their loved ones, and transit agencies can switch up their operating schedules. For the Holiday on Thursday, most regional transportation providers will operate on a Sunday of weekend schedules, which means later start times and less frequent service. For Black Friday, the annual start to the Christmas shopping season, a few agencies will provide modified schedules. Caltrain will run its modified schedule that Friday, which includes 48 trains and four Baby Bullet lines. The Valley Transportation Authority will also operate a modified schedule for Black Friday, and SamTrans will run a non-school day service, with all buses running except the ones that serve local schools.

Turkey Bowl in San Francisco: The Turkey Bowl, an annual competition pitting San Francisco’s top two public school football teams, will take place on Thanksgiving Day for the 92nd time. Played at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park, the former home of the 49ers, this year’s Turkey Bowl will feature the Mission High School Bears squaring off against the Lincoln High School Mustangs. Kickoff for the game is slated for 11 a.m., which means spectators can enjoy the action and still get home in plenty of time for Thanksgiving dinner. Football fans traveling from the Peninsula can take Caltrain to the San Francisco and transfer to Muni’s N-Judah light rail line for a trip to the stadium.

X-Mas in the Park Comes to San Jose: Christmas in the Park, a month-long celebration of the yuletide season, will start again on Thanksgiving Day at San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The annual tree lighting will kick-off the festivities on November 25, with the radio station KBAY hosting the glowing celebration. Over the course of the next month, a number of different gatherings will take place at the Plaza, including a Dog Day in the Park, Breakfast with Santa and a Santa Run. Located centrally in downtown San Jose, the Plaza is accessible by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s various bus and light-rail lines.

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