Marin Transit

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Founded 1964
Headquarters 711 Grand Avenue, Suite 110, San Rafael
Service area Marin County, California
Service type transit bus, school bus, paratransit
Routes 32
Hubs San Rafael Transit Center
Stations Marin City: Donahue & Terners
Novato: Redwood & Grant
San Anselmo: San Anselmo Hub (Center & Sir Francis Drake)
Operator Golden Gate Transit
MV Transportation
Marin Airporter
Whistlestop Wheels
Website Marin Transit

Marin Transit is a public bus agency in Marin County, California, in the United States. Originally formed in 1964 as Marin County Transit District (MCTD), it was rebranded as Marin Transit on 30 July 2007. In addition to using a new logo, Marin Transit has taken an active role in local bus service that historically have been planned and operated by Golden Gate Transit on behalf of MCTD.

Description[edit]

Marin Transit uses four contractors to provide public transit service within Marin County:

  • Golden Gate Transit operates all local bus service, which includes regular local fixed routes and some supplemental local fixed routes that operate on school days only.
  • MV Transportation operates West Marin Stagecoach fixed routes, the Muir Woods Shuttle, and some supplemental local fixed routes that operate on school days only.
  • Marin Airporter operates all community shuttle fixed routes.
  • Whistlestop Wheels operates the Novato Dial-a-Ride demand-response service and Marin Access ADA complementary paratransit service.

Marin Transit serves all major cities, towns, and communities within Marin County except Muir Beach, Peacock Gap (East San Rafael), and portions of West Marin beyond Inverness.

History[edit]

Marin Transit was formed by a vote of the people of Marin County in 1964 and was given the responsibility for providing local transit service within Marin County. It has since played a key role in providing local transit service within the county through various funding sources (Measure A Funds, State Transportation Development Act Funds, fares, property taxes and Federal Section 5311 rural transit funds).[1] For a history of Marin Transit service in relation to Golden Gate Transit, click here.

Fixed-route bus service[edit]

Route information listed below is current as of December 8, 2013.[2][3]

See Golden Gate Transit for information on Regional Basic and Commute bus routes serving Marin County, which have no affiliation with Marin Transit.

Local service[edit]

Local routes are operated under contract with Golden Gate Transit.

Route Direction Terminals Days of Operation Cities, Communities, and Attractions Served Service Notes Schedule Information
North/East Terminal South/West Terminal
17 North-south San Rafael Transit Center Sausalito
(Ferry Terminal)
Daily San Rafael, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Strawberry, Mill Valley, Tam Junction, Marin City, Sausalito Route 17 Schedule
22 North-south San Rafael Transit Center Marin City
(Donahue & Terners)
Daily San Rafael, San Anselmo, Ross, College of Marin, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Strawberry, Marin City
  • Select southbound weekday morning trips terminate at College of Marin and then continue to San Francisco as Golden Gate Transit Route 18.
Route 22 Schedule
23 East-west San Rafael
(Shoreline Parkway at Target)
All weekday trips: Fairfax Manor
(Sir Francis Drake & Bank/Olema)
Daily Canal, San Rafael, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Manor
  • Supplemental school service operates from White Hill Middle School to portions of the regular route.
Route 23 Schedule
All weekend trips:
Fairfax
(Broadway & Bolinas/Sir Francis Drake & Bank)
29 East-west San Rafael Transit Center Select trips:
San Anselmo Hub
(Center & Sir Francis Drake)
Weekdays San Rafael, Canal, Larkspur Landing (for Larkspur Ferry Terminal), Greenbrae, Marin General Hospital, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Manor Route 29 Schedule
Most trips:
Fairfax Manor
(Sir Francis Drake & Bank/Olema)
35 North-south San Rafael Transit Center Canal
(Kerner & Larkspur)
Daily San Rafael, Canal
  • Select trips start at Golden Gate Transit headquarters at 1011 Andersen Drive.
Route 35 Schedule
36 North-south Canal
(Kerner & Larkspur)
Marin City
(Donahue & Terners)
Weekdays Canal, San Rafael, Highway 101 pad stops, Marin City
  • Select trips start at Golden Gate Transit headquarters at 1011 Andersen Drive.
Route 36 Schedule
45/45K North-south Route 45:
Terra Linda
(Las Gallinas & Nova Albion)
San Rafael Transit Center Daily Northgate Mall, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael
  • Route 45K operates weekdays only.
  • Supplemental school service operates from Terra Linda High School to the regular route (southbound only).
Route 45 Schedule
Route 45K:
Terra Linda
(Kaiser Hospital)
49 North-south Novato
(Redwood & Olive)
San Rafael Transit Center Weekdays Novato, Ignacio, Hamilton, Kaiser Hospital, Terra Linda, Northgate Mall, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael Route 49 Schedule
71 North-south Novato
(Redwood & Olive)
Marin City
(Donahue & Terners)
Daily Novato, Ignacio, San Rafael, Highway 101 pad stops, Marin City
  • Transfers between select trips on Routes 10 and 71 are timed at Marin City to facilitate through travel.
Route 71 Schedule

Supplemental local service[edit]

Supplemental local routes, which operate on school days only, are operated under contract with Golden Gate Transit and MV Transportation.

Route Direction Schools Served Cities and Communities Served Schedule Information
113 East-west Redwood High School Corte Madera, Paradise Cay Route 113 Schedule
115 North-south St. Hilary School, Willow Creek Academy Sausalito, Marin City, Mill Valley, Tiburon Route 115 Schedule
117 East-west Neil Cummins School, Hall Middle School Larkspur, Corte Madera Route 117 Schedule
119 East-west Redwood High School Tiburon, Belvedere, Strawberry Route 119 Schedule
125 West Sir Francis Drake High School, Lagunitas School San Anselmo, Fairfax, Manor, Woodacre, Lagunitas Route 125 Schedule
126 East-west Sir Francis Drake High School, Brookside Schools, San Domenico School San Rafael, San Anselmo, Sleepy Hollow Route 126 Schedule
127 East-west White Hill Middle School San Anselmo, Fairfax, Sleepy Hollow Route 127 Schedule
139 East-west Terra Linda High School Terra Linda, Marinwood, Lucas Valley Route 139 Schedule
151 North-south San Jose Middle School, Novato High School, San Marin High School Hamilton, Ignacio, Novato, San Marin Route 151 Schedule
154 East-west San Marin High School, Sinaloa Middle School Novato, San Marin Route 154 Schedule

Community shuttles[edit]

A Marin Transit shuttle bus seen at the San Rafael Transit Center as a Route 233.

Community shuttles are operated using cutaway buses under contract with Marin Airporter.

Route Direction Terminals Days of Operation Cities, Communities, and Attractions Served Service Notes Schedule Information
North/East Terminal South/West Terminal
219/219F
Tiburon Shuttle
East-west Tiburon
(Ferry Terminal)
Strawberry
(Reed & Belvedere)
Daily Tiburon, Belvedere, Strawberry
  • Select trips serve Belvedere (Beach & San Rafael).
  • Select trips designated as 219F are timed to Blue & Gold Fleet ferries and operate an alignment through the Tiburon Hills.
Route 219 Schedule
228 East-west San Rafael Transit Center Fairfax Manor
(Sir Francis Drake & Bank/Olema)
Weekends San Rafael, Larkspur Landing (for Larkspur Ferry Terminal), Greenbrae, Marin General Hospital, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Manor Route 228 Schedule
233
Santa Venetia Shuttle
North-south Santa Venetia
(Vendola & Estancia)
San Rafael Transit Center Daily Santa Venetia, Marin Civic Center, Dominican University, San Rafael Route 233 Schedule
251
Novato Shuttle
North-south San Marin
(San Marin & San Andreas)
Hamilton
(Hamilton Theatre Parking Lot)
Daily San Marin, Novato, Novato Community Hospital, Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, College of Marin (Indian Valley Campus), Ignacio, Hamilton
  • Select trips begin at Redwood & Grant in Novato.
  • Select evening trips are continue south to Northgate and San Rafael as Route 259.
Route 251 Schedule
257 North-south Indian Valley Campus
(1800 Ignacio Blvd)
San Rafael Transit Center Weekdays Indian Valley Campus, Ignacio, Hamilton, Marin County Employment Development Department, Contempo, Terra Linda, Northgate Mall, Dominican University, San Rafael Route 257 Schedule
259 North-south Novato
(Redwood & Olive)
San Rafael Transit Center Daily Novato, Hamilton, Marinwood, Kaiser Hospital, Northgate Mall, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael
  • Select trips originate as Route 251 southbound from downtown Novato.
Route 259 Schedule

West Marin Stagecoach and Muir Woods Shuttle[edit]

A West Marin Stagecoach bus at the San Rafael Transit Center

West Marin Stagecoach and the Muir Woods Shuttle are operated under contract with MV Transportation.

Route Direction Terminals Days of Operation Cities, Communities, and Attractions Served Service Notes Schedule Information
North/East Terminal South/West Terminal
61
South Route
East-west All trips:
Marin City
(Donahue & Terners)
Bolinas
(Downtown)
Daily Sausalito, Marin City, Tam Valley, Tamalpais High School, Stinson Beach, Bolinas
  • Stinson Beach Parking Lot cannot be served when Park Service closes access.
  • Service to downtown Stinson Beach on weekends is dependent on traffic conditions on Shoreline Highway.
  • Between March and November, Route 61 operates four extra trips in each direction on weekends and most holidays.
Route 61 Schedule
Select weekend trips:
Sausalito
(Ferry Terminal)
66/66F
Muir Woods Shuttle
East-west Route 66:
Pohono Street Park & Ride
Muir Woods Weekends (seasonal) Sausalito, Marin City, Muir Woods
  • Seasonal service provided between May and October only.
Route 66 Schedule
Route 66F:
Sausalito
(Ferry Terminal)
68
North Route
East-west San Rafael Transit Center Inverness
(Sir Francis Drake & Inverness)
Daily San Rafael, San Anselmo, Sir Francis Drake High School, Fairfax, Manor, San Geronimo, Forest Knolls, Lagunitas, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Inverness Route 68 Schedule

West Marin Stagecoach routes do not operate on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Demand-response service[edit]

Transit service that does not operate along fixed routes is operated under contract with Whistlestop Wheels.

Novato Dial-a-Ride[edit]

The Novato Dial-a-Ride[4] provides curb-to-curb demand response service within the City of Novato by reservation only. Novato Dial-a-Ride, which replaced the EZ Rider service that served only portions of the city, supplements fixed-route bus service and operates to areas not served by buses, including Bahia, Bel Marin Keys, and Black Point.

Novato Dial-a-Ride operates daily. Reservations for weekday service are allowed up to seven days in advance, with same-day service available as space permits. Only same-day reservations are permitted for weekend service. No service is provided on holidays.

Marin Access[edit]

Complementary paratransit (Handicapped/disabled access) service mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is operated within Marin County using the Marin Access name.[5] Service is available to eligible passengers by advance reservation.[6]

Fares[edit]

A Golden Gate Transit local transfer (issued on routes operated by Marin Transit) that allows a 3-hour travel period within Marin County.

All Marin Transit fares, except the 6-month and yearly youth passes, also apply to all Golden Gate Transit routes operating within Marin County regardless of whether the service is under contract with Marin Transit. The Muir Woods Shuttle has special fares, which are described below. The Marin Access fare is $2.00 or $2.50, depending upon the origin and destination of the trip.[7]

Fare category Cash fare Clipper† 1-day pass 7-day pass 31-day pass
Adult $2.00 $1.80 $5.00 $20.00 $80.00
Youth (ages 6 through 18) $1.00 $1.00 $2.50 $10.00 $40.00
Senior (ages 65 and over), Disabled (Handicapped/disabled access), or Medicare $1.00 $1.00 $2.50 $10.00 $25.00
Child (ages 5 and under) Free (maximum of 2 when accompanied by adult)
Transfer Free upon fare payment Automatically included N/A

Note:

  • Clipper is not available on West Marin Stagecoach routes or on the Muir Woods Shuttle.

Muir Woods Shuttle fares[edit]

The fares and payment policy on Route 66/66F differ from other Marin Transit routes. The adult (ages 16+) round-trip fare is $5.00 and is collected at the Muir Woods Visitor Center in addition to the park entrance fee. A receipt must be shown upon boarding the bus for the return trip. The youth fare (ages 15 and under) is free.

Value Cards[edit]

Value Cards are prepaid fare media available in denominations of $18.00 and $36.00. Value Cards provide the same discounted fares as Clipper but can be used on all Marin Transit fixed-route services, including West Marin Stagecoach routes. Passengers must request the appropriate discount fare ($1.80 or $1.00) before inserting Value Cards into the farebox to avoid being charged the regular $2.00 fare. These cards may not be used on Golden Gate Transit routes for travel outside of Marin County.

Youth passes[edit]

Marin Transit Youth Passes (available for $175.00 for 6 months and $325.00 for one school year) are available to youths ages 6 through 18. The pass allows unlimited rides on any Marin Transit route but are not valid on Golden Gate Transit's Regional Basic and Commute routes (cf. List of Golden Gate Transit Routes).

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Marin Transit: About Us
  2. ^ Marin Transit - Maps and Schedules
  3. ^ "Golden Gate Bus & Ferry Transit Guide, Winter 2013". Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. 8 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Novato Dial-A-Ride
  5. ^ Marin Access
  6. ^ Marin Transit Paratransit
  7. ^ Paratransit Rider's Guide