WEEKLY ROUNDUP: EASTER BRUNCH, KUNG FU MOVIES AND BIKE TO WORK WEEK!

By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets

Waterbar Easter Brunch: Whether or not you spend Sunday morning in church, Easter calls for brunch. If you’re feeling more than the standard pancakes and eggs, make your way to the Embarcadero’s Waterbar and do it big. Reservations are recommended, and you can easily make it there after a short stroll from the San Francisco Caltrain station at 4th and King. Then you can nosh on twice-cooked pork belly and grits, smoked tri-tip loco moco over gochujang fried rice, and cocoa nib bread pudding just like mom used to make (provided your mother is an award-winning chef).

Crouching Tiger @ Asian Art Museum:  Ang Lee’s masterpiece Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the sort of visual spectacle that demands the big screen. Thankfully, the good people at the Asian Art Museum agree, and will be hosting a showing at 6:45 p.m. this Friday, April 14. Take Caltrain to BART, get off at Civic Center, take a quick walk to 200 Larkin, and prepare to be dazzled by wuxia majesty.

Volunteer for Bike to Work Week: Bay Area Bike to Work Day is coming up on May 11, but volunteer trainings have already begun. Catch the next one at 6 p.m. on April 18 at the Redwood City Public Library, so you can help enable bikers throughout the Bay Area to swap four wheels for two and keep our air cleaner and our roads emptier. The library is quite close to the Redwood City Caltrain Station, and our bike cars are happy to have you.

Reminder: SamTrans Conducts Online Customer Survey

SamTrans would like to hear from current, former and new riders to assist us in creating the best possible ride experience for passengers. Feedback from the survey will assist SamTrans in identifying short-, mid- and long-term improvements, such as amenities and service.

Riders can go to www.samtrans.com/customerexperience to complete the online survey, which will be open and available to the public until Sunday, March 19, 2017. If you would like to take the survey by phone, or need a translator, please call Customer Service at 1-800-660-4287 (TTY: 650-508-6448), weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Let SamTrans know what you think. The questionnaire should about 10 minutes and at the end of the survey, participants will have the opportunity to be entered in a drawing to win one of five SamTrans Monthly passes.

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About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 79 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. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/samtrans or and follow us on Twitter @SamTrans_News.

Reminder: SamTrans Seek Volunteers For Its Citizens Advisory Committee

Public members interested in providing input on local transit programs are encouraged to volunteer for the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).

The 15-member CAC meets monthly and is responsible for offering feedback on the needs of transit users and informing San Mateo County residents of transit programs on the Peninsula. It also acts in an advisory capacity to the SamTrans’ Board of Directors.

The SamTrans CAC has the following openings:

  • One community representatives
  • Two multimodal representatives
  • Three bus riders

Each CAC member receives a free yearly bus pass to use on the SamTrans system. The CAC meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the San Mateo County Transit District headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue in San Carlos. Interested persons can download the CAC application here or call 650-508-6279 (TTY 650-508-6448).

Applications are due by Friday, March 3. For more information, visit www.samtrans.com/cac. SamTrans vision is to be a mobility leader, providing transportation choices and sustainable future that meets the needs of our diverse communities.

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About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 79 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. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/samtrans or and follow us on Twitter @SamTrans_News.

Take Transit to the Harvest Festival and Get Discounted Admission

Art & craft enthusiasts can take Caltrain or SamTrans to the 2016 Harvest Festival this week. The festival will be held at the San Mateo County Event Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 13.

The event center, at 2495 S. Delaware St., is a short walk from the Hayward Park Caltrain Station. Caltrain’s weekday and weekend schedule offers regular service to the station. SamTrans’ Routes ECR and Route 292 have bus stops near the event center.

The Harvest Festival has been held for 44 years in various locations throughout California. This year’s festival in San Mateo will feature over 250 artisans, specializing in clothing, jewelry, specialty foods, toys, holiday decor and more. Patrons can listen to live music and entertainment, enjoy festival foods and visit a hands-on KidZone where kids can decorate gingerbread cookies.

Caltrain passengers can receive a $2 discount for the event by downloading a coupon here.

For schedule and fare information or for help planning your trip, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com.

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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 has enjoyed more than four years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad is celebrating 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 corridor, reducing diesel emissions 84 percent by 2040 and adding more service to more stations. 

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/caltrain and follow us on Twitter @Caltrain

About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 79 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. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/samtrans or and follow us on Twitter @SamTrans_News and @GoSamTrans.

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