The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) will hold its first public meeting for the San Rafael Transit Center Replacement Project on Tuesday, March 20, at 5:30-7:00 PM at Whistlestop at 930 Tamalpais Avenue in San Rafael to talk about the future of the San Rafael Transit Center (SRTC). The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to share their input about experiences at the current transit center and to help shape the vision for a new transit center.
A new transit center offers an opportunity to provide an improved experience for users; facilitate transit connections between buses and trains; and maintain or enhance the current functionality and flexibility for the operators who serve it.
The SRTC serves as a regional transit hub for Marin County. It connects bus service, airporter service, taxi, and rail service with transfer points to San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Sonoma counties. Services at the SRTC include local and regional bus service: Golden Gate Transit, Marin Transit, and Sonoma County Transit; airporter service via Marin Airporter and Sonoma County Airport Express; Greyhound Bus Lines; taxis; and Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) regional rail service. Currently, the SRTC serves the community by providing a 17-bay bus transit center; a connection point for over 500 buses a day for people to step on and off buses 9,000 times a day.
The District, the City of San Rafael, Marin Transit, SMART, and the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) recently finished a Relocation Study, which proposed and analyzed near-term and long-term solutions for the location and operation of the San Rafael Transit Center, accounting for the addition of the SMART train. This project will build upon the efforts of the Relocation Study to define feasible alternatives, solicit and integrate community feedback, identify a preferred alternative, obtain environmental clearance, and advance the project through the preliminary design phase. The current phase of the project is to obtain community input to help shape the potential alternatives for consideration.
As owner of the transit center, the District will serve as the lead environmental agency for the project. The District, Marin Transit, TAM, the City of San Rafael, and SMART are all partners in the project.
We hope to see you on March 20! If you are unable to attend in person, we’ve set up other ways to get your input – an online survey, a project email address, and a project phone number. Please visit our project page at http://goldengate.org/SRTC for complete details and links.
For trip planning assistance to the meeting, visit http://goldengate.org or call our customer service center at 511 (say “Golden Gate Transit,” then “operator” to bypass recorded messages)/TDD 711. The customer service center is open weekdays from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.