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
Location3rd Street and Hetherton Street
San Rafael, California
Coordinates37°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
Platforms2 side platforms
Train operatorsSonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit (2017)
Bus operatorsGolden Gate Transit
Marin Transit
Marin Airporter[1]
Sonoma County Airport Express[2]
Sonoma County Transit
Greyhound Bus Lines
Structure typeat grade
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone1 (SMART)
Opened1991 (1991)[3]
July 8, 2017 (2017-07-08) (SMART preview)[4]
August 25, 2017 (2017-08-25) (SMART service)
Passengersapprox. 9000 daily (2016)[3]
Preceding station   Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit   Following station
  Future services  
toward Cloverdale
  Former services  
Preceding station   Northwestern Pacific Railroad   Following station
Terminus   Interurban   Cal Park
toward Tiburon Ferry Terminal
    Cal Park
toward Sausalito Ferry Terminal
B St.
toward Sausalito Ferry Terminal
B St.
toward Manor

toward Eureka
Flag stop at Hamilton Field

Hamilton Field
toward Eureka
  San Francisco to Eureka[6]   Green Brae
toward Sausalito Ferry Terminal

The San Rafael Transportation Center in San Rafael, California, also called the C. Paul Bettini Transportation Center,[3] 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 Transit Center is planned to be re-configured or moved in the coming years as Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit trains pass through the transit center.[7]

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.[3]

SMART service began with preview rides on July 8, 2017[4] and full service commenced on August 25, 2017; the station acts as the southern terminus of the line, pending expansion to Larkspur Landing.


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 in service as part of the Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit system. Commuter trains arrived in Santa Rosa for testing in March 2016 after a fifty seven-year absence of such services.[12].


The San Rafael Transit Center[13] 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]

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 transfer point for passengers from San Rafael going towards the rest of Marin County and throughout the Bay Area. As 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. It is also one of the main stops of two Airport Bus companies (Marin Airporter and Sonoma County Airport Express), allowing passengers to travel to either San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport without the need of driving.

Routes operated by Marin Transit[edit]

The following routes serve the station: 17, 22, 23, 29, 35, 36, 49, 71X, 122, 125, 228, 233, 245 & 257.

Routes operated by Golden Gate Transit[edit]

The following routes serve the station: 27, 30, 40, 44, 70 & 101

Routes operated by Sonoma County Transit[edit]

The following routes serve the station: 38 & Airport Express

Routes operated by West Marin Stagecoach[edit]

The following routes serve the station: 68

Other services[edit]

• Marin Airporter
• Greyhound


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. ^ Marin Airporter Website
  2. ^ Sonoma County Airport Express Website
  3. ^ a b c d 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.
  4. ^ a b "SMART Public Preview Rides". SMART. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Northwestern Pacific Railroad Timetable". Northwestern Pacific Railroad Network. Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  6. ^ "San Francisco, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Ukiah, Willits, Longvale, Dos Rios, Island Mountain, Fort Seward and Eureka – Via Sausalito". Northwestern Pacific Railroad Network. Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  7. ^ Prado, Mark (4 February 2017). "San Rafael wants a delay in SMART trains to Larkspur". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Marin Airporter". Marin Airporter. 2007-09-10. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-11-02.
  9. ^ "Sonoma County Airport Express Schedules and Fares". Sonoma County Airport Express. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Greyhound (2007-08-14). " : Locations : San Rafael, California". Greyhound Transit. Retrieved 2007-11-02.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ GGBHTD (2007-09-10). "San Rafael Transit Center" (PDF). Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District. Retrieved 2007-11-02.

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