By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets

The Cause of, and Solution to, All of Life’s Problems:  For those of us who are single this Valentine’s Day, San Francisco Beer Week is right on time. Breweries and restaurants throughout the Bay Area are holding celebrations of everyone’s favorite refreshing hoppy miracle, offering delectable brews and good times. Just remember, nothing pairs better with beer than public transportation. Drink responsibly, get home safe, and remember the immortal words of Ben Franklin: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

Caltrain Extends Rail Service Provider Contract:  The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which oversees Caltrain, recently approved a five-year contract to extend the Caltrain Operating Agreement with Transit America Services, Inc. (TASI) to continue providing commuter rail service for the agency. The Caltrain Board originally awarded TASI its contract in September 2011 with a five-year base agreement and an option to extend for up to another five years. The base agreement was set to expire this June.  In a unanimous vote at its February meeting, the Board agreed to extend TASI’s contract through June 30, 2022.

VTA Street Teams:  If you catch a ride with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority this week, you may see their ambassadors wearing stylish safety vests. These street teams are seeking input on their Transit Service Redesign Draft Plan. Feel free to talk to them about your expectations and concerns so they can ensure a better and more accessible system.

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