Catch the Holiday Train and Holiday Bus: Caltrain’s Holiday Train will return this week for its annual jaunt through the San Francisco Peninsula. Adorned with more than 70,000 glittering lights and filled with holiday decorations, the train will stop at nine different stations on Saturday and Sunday. Along with a slate of costumed characters, there will be chorus groups and the Salvation Army band onboard the train, with the groups set to serenade the assemble crowds with holiday tunes. On Saturday, the Holiday Train crowds will commingle the Hometown Holidays celebration in Redwood City, which will include an appearance by the SamTrans Holiday Bus. That vehicle—a hybrid bus—will have more than 1,000 lights attached to itself, along with its one unique collection of holiday decorations.
Muni Passengers Enjoy a Little Extra Elbow Room: Commuters using Muni’s underground light-rail service this month have probably noticed that they have a little extra wiggle room onboard the trains. For the last couple of weeks, Muni has operated two extra one-car trains between the agency’s Embarcadero and West Portal train stations. The extra train cars, which are put in service during the morning commute, have helped reduce overcrowding and congested conditions for travelers. The extra room, which Muni has dubbed its S-Shuttle service, is a way for the agency to leverage limited resources in a manner that can effectively improve the passenger experience. With the service starting to become a regular feature of Muni’s commute, the agency is asking its passenger to provide feedback and commentary on the program.
Championship Football Arrives at Levi’s Stadium: The two best football teams of the Pac-12 Conference will square off on Friday night at Levi’s Stadium for ultimate bragging rights of the West Coast league. The Washington Huskies, from the Pac-12 North Division, are set to play the Colorado Buffaloes, representatives of the Pac-12 South Division. The winner of the game will be crowned the champion of the conference. Fans traveling to the 6 p.m. game can take Caltrain to the Mountain View station and transfer to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s light-rail system for a direct trip to the stadium. Following the contest, Caltrain will run a special northbound train to carry the crowds. That train will depart from Mountain View 75 minutes after the completion of the contest.