San Rafael Transit Center

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The San Rafael Transportation Center (also called the C. Paul Bettini Transportation Center), in San Rafael, California, is the main transit center for Marin County. From San Rafael, passengers can travel throughout Marin County, to San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Sonoma Counties. It is also an important station for buses serving San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, and the rest of the country.

The San Rafael Transit Center, as seen from Tamalpais Avenue
The San Rafael Transit Center, waiting and loading area

Description[edit]

The San Rafael Transit Center hosts to a number of bus agencies, including:

Location[edit]

The San Rafael Transit Center[5] is located at the corner of 3rd and Hetherton Streets, bounded by Tamalpais Avenue to the west and 2nd Street to the south. Its proximity to Downtown San Rafael and U.S. Highway 101 makes the SRTC an important transfer point for services within Marin County and beyond, aside from being the main hub for Golden Gate Transit services.

Transfers and Features[edit]

Overall layout of the platforms of San Rafael Transit Center (SRTC). Map is not to scale.
A Van Hool A330 bus modified as a Zero-Emissions Bus at the SRTC (taken in 2007)
San Rafael Transit Center, facing east
A Golden Gate Transit bus operating as a Route 22 at the SRTC
A Marin Transit shuttle operating as a Route 233 at the SRTC
A Greyhound bus stopping at the SRTC for a local trip

With most of Marin Transit's and many of Golden Gate Transit's routes meeting at the San Rafael Transit Center, it provides a convenient transfer point for passengers from San Rafael going towards the rest of Marin County and throughout the Bay Area. Along with that, being the main stop for Greyhound for the county, SRTC provides connections for its passengers from within Marin County to intra- and inter-regional bus service. And being one of the main stops of two Airport Bus companies (namely Marin Airporter and Sonoma County Airport Express), it allows passengers to travel to either San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport without the need of driving.

Routes Starting and Ending at SRTC[edit]

Route Number Origin/Destination Operated by Platform
17 Sausalito via Mill Valley Marin Transit A
22 Marin City via College of Marin Most trips
College of Marin Select morning trips
Marin Transit B
23
School days only, one morning trip
White Hill Middle School Marin Transit B
28
Weekends only
Fairfax Manor via Sir Francis Drake Marin Transit A
29
Weekdays only
Fairfax Manor via Sir Francis Drake Most trips
San Anselmo via Sir Francis Drake Select trips
Marin Transit A
35 Canal District Marin Transit A
38
Weekday commute periods only
Sonoma Valley Sonoma County Transit D
40*, 42
* - Weekdays only
Del Norte BART Routes 40 & 42
Richmond BART Route 42 only
Golden Gate Transit B
45, 45K*
* - Weekdays only
Northgate Mall via Civic Center Routes 45 & 45K
Kaiser Hospital Route 45K only
Marin Transit B
49 Novato via Northgate Mall Marin Transit B
68 Inverness via Point Reyes Station West Marin Stagecoach D
70
Select trips
San Francisco Civic Center Golden Gate Transit C
126
School days only
San Domenico via Brookside Schools Marin Transit B
233
Santa Venetia Marin Transit D
257
Ignacio via Northgate Mall Marin Transit D
259†
Novato via Northgate Mall/Kasier Hospital Marin Transit D

Note: † - Select Route 259 trips originate as Route 251 (San Marin-Ignacio)

Routes Stopping at San Rafael Transit Center[edit]

Route Number Terminals Operated by Platform
North/East South/West Northbound/Eastbound Southbound/Westbound
23
San Rafael
(Shoreline Parkway at Target)
Fairfax Manor
Weekdays
Fairfax
Weekends
Marin Transit A B
27
Weekday commute periods only
San Anselmo
Most trips
Sleepy Hollow
One round trip
San Francisco Financial District Golden Gate Transit A B
36
Weekday commute periods only
Canal District Marin City Marin Transit A A
44
Weekday commute periods only
Lucas Valley San Francisco Financial District Golden Gate Transit A D
70 Novato San Francisco Civic Center
All trips
Transbay Terminal
Most trips
Golden Gate Transit A C
71 Novato Marin City Marin Transit A C
80
Weekdays (before 6am and after 7pm), weekends, and holidays
Santa Rosa San Francisco Civic Center Golden Gate Transit A C
101
Weekdays (except holidays, between 6am to 7pm) and Saturdays (several hourly trips)
Santa Rosa San Francisco Civic Center Golden Gate Transit A C
Marin Airporter
Ticketed passengers only (pick up only to SFO, drop off only to Novato)
Novato San Francisco International Airport Marin Airporter D D
Airport Express
Ticketed passengers only (pick up only to OAK, drop off only to Santa Rosa)
Santa Rosa Oakland International Airport Sonoma County Airport Express D D
Greyhound
Ticketed passengers only
Various Greyhound, Inc. D D
Valley of the Moon Commute Club
Sonoma
Riverside Dr. and La Mancha Dr.
Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Transit Mall
San Francisco
Van Ness/Hayes St. and Market St.

Note: Golden Gate buses may board at a different side of the same platform.

In addition to bus services, there is a single railroad track and side platform that was built as part of the transit center in anticipation of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit service. However, this platform and track is currently not used even though railroad crossing signs remain in place.

Route 101, Golden Gate Transit's limited-stop service, serves the San Rafael Transit Center complementing the existing Route 80 on weekdays (except holidays) and Saturdays. For a description of this service, click here. Route 80 continues to serve the SRTC weeknights, weekends, and holidays when the Route 101 does not operate.[6]

Features[edit]

The San Rafael Transit Center has the following amenities for its passengers:

  • Saluté Cafe, a coffee shop which also carries Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit value tickets.
  • A shop that hosts ticketing offices for Greyhound Bus Lines and Sonoma County Airport Express (for Oakland Airport)
  • Busboat, a small restaurant serving snacks and refreshments
  • Clipper ticketing machines on all platforms
  • Disabled (Handicapped/disabled access) access throughout the Transit Center
  • Taxi stand

Near the Transit Center are full-service restaurants, especially along Fourth Street (Downtown San Rafael) and Second Street, grocery stores, and other businesses. Also nearby are three park-and-ride lots within walking distance of the SRTC, all located under the Highway 101 overpass, that allow commuter parking.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Marin Airporter". Marin Airporter. 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Sonoma County Airport Express Schedules and Fares". Sonoma County Airport Express. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  3. ^ Sonoma County Transit (2007-08-14). "Sonoma County Transit Route 38 (San Rafael to Sonoma Valley)". Sonoma County Transit. Retrieved 2007-11-02. [dead link]
  4. ^ Greyhound (2007-08-14). "Greyhound.com : Locations : San Rafael, California". Greyhound Transit. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  5. ^ GGBHTD (2007-09-10). "San Rafael Transit Center". Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  6. ^ servicechanges_jun09

Coordinates: 37°58′15″N 122°31′21″W / 37.97083°N 122.52250°W / 37.97083; -122.52250