San Rafael Transit Center

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San Rafael Transit Center
Intermodal station
San Rafael Transit Center 2.jpeg
The San Rafael Transit Center, waiting and loading area
Location 3rd Street and Hetherton Street
San Rafael, California
Coordinates 37°58′15″N 122°31′21″W / 37.97083°N 122.52250°W / 37.97083; -122.52250Coordinates: 37°58′15″N 122°31′21″W / 37.97083°N 122.52250°W / 37.97083; -122.52250
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Train operators Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (2016)
Bus operators Golden Gate Transit
Marin Transit
Marin Airporter
Sonoma County Transit
Greyhound Bus Lines
Structure type at grade
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 1 (SMART)
Opened 1991 (1991) [1]
Passengers approx. 9000 daily (2016)[1]
Preceding station   SMART   Following station
  Future services  
Phase 1 Terminus
Phase 2

The San Rafael Transportation Center in San Rafael, California, also called the C. Paul Bettini Transportation Center,[1] is the main passenger transit terminal for Marin County. From here, passengers can make transfers 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 original San Rafael railway depot that served the Northwestern Pacific Railroad was located at what is now a cafe north of the station. As rail use fell into decline and was discontinued in the mid 20th century, busses came to prominence with the expansion of the road and highway system. The current transportation center was constructed in 1991.[1]

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

In addition to bus services, there is a double-track railway and two side platform that were built as part of the transit center in anticipation of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit service. Commuter trains arrived in Santa Rosa for testing in March 2016 after a fifty seven-year absence of such services.[6] Rail operations have significantly disrupted service to bus stop locations.[1]


The San Rafael Transit Center[7] 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 prior to SMART service. Map is not to scale.
A Van Hool A330 bus modified as a Zero-Emissions Bus at the SRTC (taken in 2007)
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
School days only, one morning trip
White Hill Middle School Marin Transit B
Weekends only
Fairfax Manor via Sir Francis Drake Marin Transit A
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
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
Select trips
San Francisco Civic Center Golden Gate Transit C
122 College of Marin Kentfield and Indian Valley Campuses Marin Transit
School days only
San Domenico via Brookside Schools Marin Transit B
Santa Venetia Marin Transit D
Ignacio via Northgate Mall Marin Transit D
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/
San Rafael
(Shoreline Parkway at Target)
Fairfax Manor
Marin Transit A B
Weekday commute periods only
San Anselmo
Most trips
Sleepy Hollow
One round trip
San Francisco Financial District Golden Gate Transit A B
Weekday commute periods only
Canal District Marin City Marin Transit A A
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
Weekdays (before 6am and after 7pm), weekends, and holidays
Santa Rosa San Francisco Civic Center Golden Gate Transit A C
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
Ticketed passengers only
Various Greyhound, Inc. D D
Valley of the Moon Commute Club
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.

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.[8]


San Rafael Transit Center, facing east

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)
  • 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]


  1. ^ a b c d e Prado, Mark (11 March 2016). "San Rafael Transit Center to undergo major changes with SMART's arrival". Digital First Media. Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Marin Airporter". Marin Airporter. 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Sonoma County Airport Express Schedules and Fares" (PDF). Sonoma County Airport Express. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  4. ^ Sonoma County Transit (2007-08-14). "Sonoma County Transit Route 38 (San Rafael to Sonoma Valley)" (PDF). Sonoma County Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 21, 2008. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  5. ^ Greyhound (2007-08-14). " : Locations : San Rafael, California". Greyhound Transit. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  6. ^ Prado, Mark (4 March 2016). "Commuter train rolls into San Rafael for the first time in 50 years". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  7. ^ GGBHTD (2007-09-10). "San Rafael Transit Center" (PDF). Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  8. ^ servicechanges_jun09