Caltrain Gets a Lyfty Award: It might not quite be the Oscar statuette, but Caltrain is pretty proud to be a 2016 Lyfties Award Winner. Lyft, the transportation network company (TNC) based in San Francisco, compiled a list of its most-traveled to destinations, and the San Francisco Caltrain Station and the San Jose Diridon Station were both recognized in the “Most Visited Transit Stop” category. Caltrain is always looking to improve the “First Mile/Last Mile” experience of our customers, and as a result, the agency has worked with TNCs like Lyft on collaborative solutions for efficiently connecting the final leg between transit hubs and job centers and homes.

Muni’s Van Ness BRT Project Gets Big Bucks from the Feds: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages Muni, scored big with the recent announcement that the federal government would provide $75 million for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Project. The funding injection, which was announced December 27, will enable Muni to move forward with its plans for BRT—which are protected lanes featuring swift-moving buses. The project will include dedicated center-running lanes, furnished boarding stations and safety enhancements for people walking, sidewalk extensions, median refuges and audible countdown signals.

Silicon Valley Hosts Annual Car Show: Sleek foreign imports will compete for attention with homemade showstoppers as part of this year’s Silicon Valley Car Show in San Jose. Taking place from January 5 – 8 at the McEnery Convention Center, the annual car exhibition will have something for everyone—brand new sports cars, rugged SUVs, luxury vehicle lineups and vintage autos from the past. Visitors can walk the floor and take in all the wares, or take part in special test drives featuring Ford, Fiat, Chevrolet and Toyota cars. For visitors without wheels of their own (an irony, for sure), the Convention Center is about a 15-minute walk from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station. Caltrain’s weekend and weekday schedules offer ample options for car-lovers making their way to the convention.

Outreach Continues for Caltrain Timetable Changes: Caltrain will ramp up its community engagement efforts this month regarding the agency’s proposed upcoming scheduling changes. Starting on Saturday at the San Francisco and Redwood City Caltrain stations, and continuing through next Wednesday in San Jose, Caltrain will host a series of meetings to gather public feedback on the alterations. Caltrain is adjusting its schedule in the spring and summer to accommodate work related to the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP), and to improve and streamline Caltrain service during PCEP construction. Additional information on the public meeting schedule can be found here.

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