By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets
You’ve missed the window to find that last golden ticket in a Wonka bar, but as far as the International Chocolate Festival goes, tickets are still available.
This Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, the San Mateo Event Center hosts up to 20,000 chocoholics and a wide range of chefs and exhibitors plying their trade from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees are advised not to drink directly out of any chocolate fountains, or they may be subjected to a catchy tune about their personal flaws.
Caltrain’s weekend schedule offers service every 90 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays, making all local stops between San Jose and San Francisco. Passengers can also ride the Weekend Baby Bullet train, which makes two daily round-trips and stops at the Hillsdale station. SamTrans Route ECR stops at El Camino Real and 25th Avenue, a short walk from the entrance to the event center. SamTrans Route 292 serves stops at the west entrance to the center.
Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at vending machines at the stations. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the new Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off.
Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Parking permits cannot be purchased on the Caltrain Mobile app.
About the San Mateo County Transit District: The San Mateo County Transit District operates 77 SamTrans routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The San Mateo County Transit District has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.
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