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By Tianna Nguy, Communications Intern

22nd Annual Aloha Festival: The Pacific Islanders’ Cultural Association (PICA) is hosting a free two-day festival this weekend, August 5 & 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be workshops, educational exhibits, island cuisine, and more. Join the festivities at the San Mateo County Event Center and be a part of the Aloha Festival.  Take Caltrain to Hillsdale Station, hop on to SamTrans ECR bus towards El Camino Real & 25th Avenue, and it’s a short walk towards the event center.

22nd Annual National Wiener Dog Race: Wienerschnitzel’s Wiener Nationals is here in Santa Clara at the Santa Clara County Fair. On Sunday, August 6, see the fastest wieners in the west. The Bay Area’s finest dachshunds will dash to the finish line for the annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals. These hounds are competing to be crowned the Bay Area’s Top Dog, but only one will move to the Wiener National Finals. You can take Caltrain to the San Jose Diridon Station and ride VTA bus 68 to Monterey Road & Old Tully Road and continue on a short walk towards the fairgrounds.

Shuttle Service for Bike and Pedestrians in Menlo Park: Starting today, Caltrans will provide a shuttle service for bicyclists and pedestrians who need to cross over U.S. 101 on Willow Road in Menlo Park. Currently, bicyclists and pedestrians use the existing overpass. Caltrans is demolishing that structure as part of the U.S. Route 101/Willow Road Interchange Improvement Project, and will replace it with a new, up-to-date overpass.

The new overpass will provide wider sidewalks, a dedicated bicycle lane, and eight lanes for motor vehicles. The project will also widen and realign the on and off ramps and the adjacent frontage roads. The shuttle service will begin at 7 a.m. today, Monday, July 31. It will operate 24/7, and will be on-demand. Call (415) 263-4000 to arrange a pickup. It will remain in service roughly until October of 2018.

More information about the project is available on the web site: http://www.dot.ca.gov/d4/101willowinterchange

Muni Metro Station Closures for Testing of New Trains: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has invested in new, technologically advanced light-rail vehicles (LRVs) that are easier to maintain, more reliable and can carry more passengers on our Metro lines. Before going into service new trains need to go through rigorous testing inside the Muni system. Testing will began on July 22.

During testing, Muni Metro stations between Montgomery and West Portal stations will close early on weeknights and throughout weekends for four weeks. Testing will continue through this weekend (July 29-30) until Friday, August 11, at 1 a.m. (end of regular service) and Monday, August 14 until Sunday, August 20. Subway will be open for regular service Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13.

Embarcadero Station remains open for outbound T Third train service. Bus substitution is being provided between Embarcadero Station and St. Francis/Sloat. There is still train service outside of the Muni Metro subway. Please allow for more travel time. Additional information about how to get around can be found at sfmta.com/newtrains.



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