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New Golden Gate Transit Route 580 Begins!

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Not to be confused with I-580, Golden Gate Transit has a new line! The 580 travels between Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany and then to San Rafael, with five westbound AM trips and five eastbound PM trips every 30 minutes.


The line went into effect on December 20th, and will be made permanent if its performance is met over the course of the next nine months.


For a map that displays the line and all stops, click here. For a list of stops by city, click here. For the 580's schedule, click here.


The 580 is Golden gate Transit's only line to Berkeley and Emeryville, so now commuters have a whole new way of reaching the North Bay. The 580 does run parallel to the 40 briefly, but extends much farther south.


For more details on the new 580, visit goldengate.org.

Changes to Golden Gate Bridge Lanes on September 8th

Posted on September 7, 2015 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

During the evening commute, drivers on the Golden Gate Bridge will notice a change in the lane structure. Golden Gate Transit has modified lanes on both sides of the bridge, meaning there will be four lanes northbound and two lanes southbound.


Previously, there were three lanes in either direction. This new lane configuration should ease traffic during the evening commute.


Golden Gate Transit will continuously monitor this new lane setup and the impact on southbound traffic. In mid-November, warranted adjustments may be determined.


Visit www.goldengate.org for more information.

SolTrans Service Changes Effective Immediately

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Since August 15th, SolTrans has implemented new service changes to most routes.


Line 12 & Line 2:

Line 12 has been eliminated. Riders can use Line 1 or Line 2 for a timed connection at Sereno Transit Center. Two special trips on the 2 to Vallejo Transit Center will stop at Solano Middle School. 


Lines 15 & 17:

There have been no changes made for the 2015-2016 school year. Friday trips will operate on Fridays when schools are in session. Operation days may be decided on school calendars.


Lines 6/8:

At Hogan Middle School, buses will no longer change their route number. Lines 6 and 8 will mostly stick to their own lines.


Line 8:

To better meet with most connecting buses at Vallejo Transit Center, Line 8 will depart the Transit Center at the top of the hour, instead of at the half hour.


Line 85:

To reflect the actual arrival times of Vallejo and Sereno Transit Centers along Mare Island Way, the schedule on Route 85 has been updated. Riders may notice changes of 2-3 minute differences. This will help reduce the layover at Solano Town Center. Connections to FAST are not impacted.


Riders will also notice slight schedule changes from 1-2 minutes on Lines 2, 4, 78, 80s and 80. For more information, visit www.soltransride.com.

Sausalito Ferry Operates Modified Schedule August 12th

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Due to altered vessel availability, the Sausalito Ferry will operate a modified schedule tomorrow, August 12th.

For more details, click here.

Larkspur Ferry Adds More Trips for SF Pride

Posted on June 27, 2015 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Larkspur Ferry will add more service on Sunday, June 28th, for SF Pride. All trips will depart the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and arrive at the San Francisco Ferry Terminal, right behind the Ferry Building.


For a table of added trips and regular schedules, and for more information, visit goldengate.org.

Larkspur Ferry Spring Schedules Start On March 30th

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Beginning Monday, March 30 till Sunday, June 21, Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry will operate its Spring weekday schedules. Other ferry services will not be affected including Larkspur weekend schedules.


Ferry schedules are changed several times a year to reflect seasonal changes in ridership demand. One trip will be added while another will be eliminated. 


Click here for more information about the change.

Easter Sunday Service Changes

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On Easter Sunday, there are some transit services not operating. Click on the transit agency name to see their holiday schedule.


In the North Bay, these transit agencies are not operating on Easter Sunday: Santa Rosa City Bus, SolTrans, and Sonoma County Transit. In the East Bay, the Emery Go-Round will not be operating on Easter Sunday. All other agencies will be operating normal service.

Somoma County to Recieve New Railway

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Back in 2008, votors approved a new railway to be built in Somoma County. Now, it's becoming a reality. 

Rents in Somoma County have gone up by 30% in the last three years. To cope with the growing population, the construction of the Somoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, or SMART, has begun.

SMART will run from Larkspur to Cloverdale with an initial stretch from San Rafael to Santa Rosa. A station has already been built in Cotati and the entire SMART System is set to be completed in 2016. SMART will also connect with the ferry terminal at Larkspur for easy access to the rest of the Bay Area.

A pedestrain/bike pathway is also planned to be built alongside the tracks, although the path may have to detour at points due to wetlands. 

Although concerns has risen about the railway's environmental impact of the wetlands, SMART has stated all the track layout has been approved by the State of California. 

Once SMART begins service, it is expected to take 1.4 million cars off Highway 101. It will also reduce traffic and prevent 30 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering Earth's atmosphere. 

SMART's projected cost to build is $541 million dollars. Despite this expense, increased jobs, less traffic and overall convenience will make the SMART Railway System well worth its cost.

For more information about the SMART Train, visit The SMART Website and The Sonoma Star.

Golden Gate Transit Service Changes Effective March 8th, 2015

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Service changes for Golden Gate Transit will start on March 8th, 2015 and all changes are listed below.

Routes 4, 18, 24, 38, 54, 58, 70 (weekends), 72, 92, 93: Schedules adjusted up to six minutes to improve connections and running times. See new timetables.

 

Route 4:

 

Northbound non-commute trips will depart Perry & 3rd half an hour earlier.

Northbound trip from Perry & 3rd at 2:03pm will be added.

Other schedule adjustments. See new timetables.

Route 25 (Larkspur Ferry Shuttle):

 

Trip at 7:54am will be added to meet new 8:40am Larkspur Ferry departure.

See new timetables.

Route 27:

 

Northbound non-commute trips will depart Perry & 3rd half an hour later.

Non-commute trips will be extended to serve San Anselmo Hub.

See new timetables.

Route 37 (Larkspur Ferry Shuttle):

 

Trip at 8:10am will be added to meet new 8:40am Larkspur Ferry departure.

See new timetables.

Route 70:

 

Northbound weekday trip will be added at 9:40am, departing Main & Folsom. Trip will operate to the San Rafael Transit Center only.

Southbound weekend trips will be added at 11:45am and 3:45pm, departing the San Rafael Transit Center.

Northbound weekend trips will be added at 3:26pm and 5:26pm, departing Main & Folsom.

Other schedule adjustments. See new timetables.

Routes 74:

 

Schedule adjustments. See new timetables.

Route 76:

 

Schedules adjustments. See new timetables.

Route 101:

 

Southbound weekday trip will be added at 4:30pm, departing the San Rafael Transit Center.

See new timetables.