We've rounded up the details which local and regional agencies in the Palo Alto area will be adjusting or temporarily changing their schedules on Thanksgiving and the long holiday weekend. Read on for information from the city of Palo Alto and the transit services that run locally.
• Palo Alto libraries: Sidewalk Services, which are only available the Mitchell Park and Rinconada branches, will take a break on Thursday, and Friday, Nov. 26-27, and resume on Saturday, Nov. 28. The eLibrary is available 24/7 here.
• City of Palo Alto: All administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.
• Garbage pickup: No collection on Thursday. If your regular collection day falls on or after Thanksgiving Day, your collection day will be moved to the following day for the rest of the week. The Household Hazardous Waste Station will be closed on Saturday in observance of Thanksgiving. For more information, go to cityofpaloalto.org.
• Street sweeping: If your regular street sweeping day is on Thursday or Friday, your street will be swept on either Wednesday, Nov. 25, or next Monday. No other routes will be affected. For more information, go to cityofpaloalto.org.
• Police, fire: Active patrols and response teams are operational; records and administrative services are closed on Thursday and Friday.
• Caltrain: Caltrain will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, when train service will only run between the San Francisco and San Jose Diridon stations. On Friday, trains will operate on a modified Saturday schedule. For more information, go to caltrain.com/holidayservice.
• Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority: VTA buses and light-rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thursday. On Friday, the agency will provide regular weekday service, with the exception of Route 89, which will run on a modified schedule. Express routes 101, 102, 104 and 168 will not run on Friday. For more information, go to vta.org.
• SamTrans: On Thanksgiving Day, SamTrans will run its regular Sunday service, which is less frequent than the weekday schedule. On Friday, buses will operate on a regular weekday nonschool-day service schedule. For more information, go to samtrans.com.
• Stanford Marguerite: Stanford University's Marguerite shuttle will run on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday, when all lines will be suspended with a few exceptions. Lines HD and MC will continue to operate on Thursday and Friday. Line X Express and Line Y Express will only run on Friday. For more information, go to transportation.stanford.edu.
Federal, state offices
• U.S. Postal Service: There will be no mail deliveries on Thursday, when post offices will be closed. Normal delivery and collection services will resume on Friday.
Air district asks people to not burn wood on Thanksgiving
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents to not burn wood Wednesday night or on Thanksgiving to help keep air pollution from rising to unhealthy levels.
There is no Spare the Air alert in effect on either day, but the air district said wood burning in fireplaces or wood stoves can significantly impact pollution in specific neighborhoods and also indoor air quality.
Wood smoke is the major source of air pollution in the region during the winter and can be especially harmful to children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions.
"We are asking the public to help keep air pollution low this Thanksgiving by doing one significant thing — not burning wood indoors or outdoors," air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said. "With the help of Bay Area residents, we can all have clean and healthy air to breathe over the holiday."
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.