With new station construction and train testing underway, the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit is on track for opening revenue service come Christmas 2016. While it will save me up to 20 minutes' worth of travel time between San Rafael and Novato, there is a major caveat that I need to address.
Attending a board meeting that discusses issues from how the Geary BRT will be implemented to hearing residents' pleas to reopen bus stops is essential in assessing the next steps in reshaping one of San Francisco's most critical issues: transportation. However, going even deeper into meeting people and understanding how a large city's bureaucracy works truly motivates me to go into even more meetings like the one I attended today so that I can figure out how I can finally start my long career as a transportation planner and discover how much work I need to do to convince city, state, and federal leaders to act and do the right things for our infrastructure and mobility.
Golden Gate Transit coordinated with Marin Transit's massive service adjustments that took place 12 June 2016, and it has streamlined its regional services that the transit agency has focused on restructuring its Basic Routes. On this post, I will note my impressions of what Golden Gate has done to improve its service (especially) in Marin County.
Change has finally come to Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit with a major revamp that includes a few line eliminations, several route modifications, and new services that, hopefully, will translate to better service for regular commuters and tourists visiting San Francisco. In part 1, I will describe the changes made by Marin Transit, as well as sharing images of the new services the agency now operates.
In an effort to "modernize" its fleet, San Francisco Municipal Railway is undergoing a massive fleet renewal which will involve retiring multiple buses (and a few bus types) at once while it introduces even more new coaches at the same time. Here are some of the buses that have been retired for good over the past few months:
I've been following the developments of the upcoming Marin Transit Service Changes due 12 June 2016, in which I have been tipped off by at least two drivers working for Marin Airporter on which Golden Gate Transit routes will go to either Marin Airporter or MV Transportation. So far, the details are a bit fluid, but I have some idea of which routes have been awarded to both agencies.
Now that the service adjustments are coming, I would like to bring up my ideas on how to further improve the transit operations in north San Rafael and Novato so that adequate levels of service can be provided at all times. The routes involved in this discussion include:
Golden Gate Transit Routes:
Local Bus Routes:
Community Shuttle Routes:
Born in Manila, moved to the Bay Area, I am a traveler, photographer, university student, and a fan of several sports teams and SimCity. And yet, my life remains simple and down-to-earth.