All Aboard for SMART Extension to Larkspur and New San Rafael Transit Center

May 16, 2018 | By Bradley Real Estate

The City of San Rafael has some big changes coming in and around its downtown Transit Center. And the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District (owner of the Transit Center) is looking for residents’ input.

A survey is available in Spanish and English, and you can get updates at the project website. Or you can call the project team at 415-257-4444 with your questions. Several government agencies are partnering to identify a new transit site, partly necessitated by the extension of the SMART train from San Rafael to Larkspur on this end. There just isn’t enough space for all the traffic, since the bus and taxi riders already overtax the center. 

Currently, the Transit Center serves 4,500 people each day using the 500 buses run by Golden Gate Transit, Marin Transit, Sonoma County Transit, Marin Airporter, Sonoma County Airport Express, and Greyhound.  


The SMART train stops now just short of the Transit Center. But it will bisect it once the Larkspur extension is completed (at the end of 2019). Currently, the train also makes stops at the following:  Marin Civic Center, Novato Hamilton, Novato San Marin, Petaluma Downtown, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa North, and Sonoma County Airport.  Other planned extensions are: Novato Downtown, Petaluma North, Windsor, Healdsburg, and Cloverdale.

The timeline for the new transit center in San Rafael is expected to be: site selection completed in 2018; environmental analysis and preliminary design completed in 2020; and final design and construction starting afterward. In the meantime, the Transit Center will have an interim configuration.

Now is the time to get your opinions and desires on record, though, about where to locate the new transit center in San Rafael and what amenities you would like to see there. Commuters are expected to come from: Downtown San Rafael (43%), San Francisco (16%), Sausalito (9%), Novato and the Canal area (8% each), Terra Linda and the East Bay (7% each). The other 2% is from the Dominican neighborhood in San Rafael and the towns of Fairfax and San Anselmo.



 

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