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Traveling to Super Bowl 50? Bring a clear plastic bag

Bay Area transit agencies prepare for Super Bowl crowd

Anyone traveling to Levi's Stadium to watch Super Bowl 50 on Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) light-rail trains had better not bring any bags on board other than clear plastic ones, Santa Clara County Transportation Authority officials said.

The ban on large opaque bags is a safety precaution the transit agency is taking, and anyone who does not comply won't be allowed on board, officials said. The restriction follows the NFL's policy, which requires that bags must be clear and plastic and no larger than 12 by 6 by 12 inches. A list of all prohibited items can be found here.

Although the bag regulations by the NFL are for entrance into the stadium (there will not be a "bag check" area or lockers available), VTA is also extending the restrictions on the light-rail lines to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on game day, Feb. 7.

Caltrain will also be taking precautions, beefing up its patrols and having regular security sweeps of high visibility locations, spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said. Caltrain will also increase its use of K-9s for inspections throughout the transit system, and every train departing from San Francisco on Super Bowl Sunday will be inspected.

The agency has already rolled out customer-information ambassadors over more than 122 shifts who will help guide visitors, Bartholomew said. To reduce parking jams, anyone wanting to park at Caltrain stations will have to pay $20 for parking on Feb. 7, she said.

SamTrans bus service into San Francisco during Super Bowl 50 week will be monitored, with additional service added if demand is needed, Bartholomew said. On Super Bowl Sunday, SamTrans will have a fleet of buses, drivers and supervisors staged in South San Francisco and in San Carlos to respond to any Caltrain service interruptions. VTA will be staging contingency bus fleets in the event of any interruptions to light-rail service, officials said.

Those who don't have a ticket to the Super Bowl should also expect to shift their transportation modes on Sunday, transportation officials said. VTA officials said they expect to handle up to 12,000 passengers on the light rail and an express bus. Only customers holding a special VTA light-rail ticket and their ticket to the Super Bowl will be allowed to board light-rail trains on the Mountain View to Winchester line. Alternate bus service will be available on game day. A joint $40 Caltrain/VTA Super Bowl ticket may only be purchased using the VTA EventTIK app through their smartphones, and there will be a cap on the number of tickets, VTA and Caltrain officials said.

For passengers who are not going to the Super Bowl, VTA will have modified service. Information about changes to service during Super Bowl week and on game day can be found at www.vta.org/superbowl. Travel information for Caltrain service can be found at www.caltrain.com/SuperBowl50.

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Posted by sunshine
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 2, 2016 at 10:49 am

If you decide to take Light Rail to the park for the Super Bowl game be prepared for 2 big problems:
1. There are NO RESTROOMS at any of the Light Rail stations or on the trains. You must get off the train, find a restroom outside the station and return to catch a later train.
2. From the Mt View terminal to Santa Clara where the new sports park is, will take at least a hour on the train. Be prepared for the slowest moving transportation system you have ever been on.
Final note: I think there are also restrictions about food and drinks on the trains.

My husband and I tried it one day. We had to get off the train in San Jose to use a toilet in a restaurant. We were headed to a restaurant in Campbell. The train will get you there, but it is incredibly slow. Fortunately we had planned on a slow trip so started out with what we had hoped would be time to walk around Campbell. We arrived just in time for the reservation after leaving Mt View a bit after 9 am.


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Posted by Cur Mudgeon
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 2, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Sunshine, we took light rail to the downtown SJ museum. It took a good 45 minutes from Castro St in MV.


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Posted by mutti allen
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 2, 2016 at 1:55 pm

We took light rail to/from Levi for a soccer game, and that was great. But at the stadium i ended up putting my possessions into my pockets and throwing my purse away! People at the stadium told me to take it back to my car, but that was in Mtn View! No limit on what you carry in pockets, though


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