Marin Transit's Short Range Transit Plan: A New Express Service Planned for the Miracle Mile Corridor (Part 4)
In this latest edition of analyzing the Marin Transit's upcoming Short-Range Transit Plan, I will be addressing the changes that will impact the Ross Valley and Downtown San Rafael, including the Fourth Street, Miracle Mile, and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard corridors.
Marin Transit's Short-Range Transit Plan: Novato, North San Rafael to See Massive Service Adjustments (Part 3)
Marin Transit has been providing transportation service to the general public since 1964, and it continues to evolve after 50 years of operation. With the latest Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP) in the drawing board, I will explore how it will address the ever-evolving mobility needs of north San Rafael and Novato, especially the communities of Golden Hinde, Terra Linda, Marinwood, Hamilton, and Ignacio.
How Can the El Camino Real Corridor in Santa Clara County Be Improved to Become More Transit-Friendly?
I finally saw the results of my thesis, and I must say: all the hard work have paid off big time.
With Marin Transit about to develop another Short-Range Transit Plan, I will do my best to provide in-depth commentary on how the proposed changes will impact the communities it will serve along each of the local routes, from big bus services to shuttles. Analysis provided are based from the findings laid out in its draft Short-Range Transit Plan (downloadable as a PDF here), which will be used in the June 2015 Monthly Meeting, which will host the Marin County Board of Supervisors from each district, plus representatives from the Cities of San Rafael, Novato, and Mill Valley. On this post, I will discuss the potential demise of the transit agency's most popular bus line and its potential replacement.
Every five to ten years, transit agencies are mandated by local and state laws to develop Short- and Long-Range Transit Plans (SRTP and LRTP, respectively) to address the evolving needs of its residents living within a particular transit network, and Marin Transit is no exception to that policy. After it implemented its last SRTP in 2011, the transit agency has undergone another countywide survey, two needs assessments for Tiburon and Novato, and addressing concerns governing its Safe Routes to Schools program to end up with its latest transit plan for the county, mandated for FY2016-2025.
Marin Transit is about to embark on a multi-vehicle expansion as it has purchased more than 40 new vehicles of various sizes and functions for FY2015-16 worth $10.3 million, pending approval of the agency's budget on its next meeting on 22 June 2015. This expansion will retire some of its older vehicles in the fleet, including at least two Ford E450s currently used for the community shuttles and a handful of older paratransit vehicles, as well as at least two older buses (possibly the TMC-RTS that were handed down from Golden Gate Transit) in service for more than a decade.
Since the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority approved the Transit Effectiveness Plan in March last year, it is rolling out service improvements, from boosting schedules to renumbering some bus lines, adding red transit lanes to improving accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians. What I will be covering here would be line number changes.
With San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority approving the Transit Effectiveness Project last 28 March 2014, San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) will now push through with the multitude of improvements that range from adding buses during peak periods to improving streetscapes on at least two locations to optimizing the transit network to allow quicker journeys for the over 700,000 riders who use Muni everyday. However, the plan also involves cancellation of one bus line and putting on hold a few others that would enhance the riding experience for passengers, particularly for those living and working in the Outer Mission, Potrero Hill, and Twin Peaks neighborhoods.
On 28 March, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority Board of Directors met with the public to determine the fate of the agency's Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), in which it will become one of the most comprehensive changes to San Francisco's mass transit network in three decades. I have personally attended the board meeting (which can be way too early, but necessary) to listen to the discussions made by the Directors, the Policy and Governance (PAG) Committee and the general public to understand how transportation planning actually works in a formal setting.
Away we go with another topic I would love to revisit very often: food. Lately, I've been to my favorite ramen shop in San Francisco called Ajisen Ramen, and I had one of their new menu items called Tam-Tam Men (above). Can you guess the "secret" flavor of the brand new ramen?
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.