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Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project

Tree Removal Completes

  • Conservation Corps posing for a photo with Marin Transit’s General Manager Nancy Whelan

  • Conservation Corps briefing before start of removal

  • Tree removal in progress

  • Conservation Corps workers breakdown a cut tree

February 17, 2017

The Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project (RGTIP) is a six-month construction project to improve safety and operations at the Novato bus stop located on Redwood Boulevard between Grant Avenue and De Long Avenue. This downtown gateway is important for access to public transit throughout Marin County and the entire Bay Area. The planned enhancements will make the facility safer and more efficient for riders, drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and buses. Construction started the second week of February 2017 and will continue through July 2017. Please note that all construction schedules are subject to change due to weather restrictions and other unforeseen delays.

Recent Happenings

Last week, in spite of the wind and rain, the contractor initiated site preparation work and installed protective fencing around trees that will be retained. The consulting arborist reviewed the contractor’s tree protection measures to make sure the work met the standards outlined in the Tree Protection Plan.

This week, under the oversight of the consulting arborist, trees designated for removal were safely taken out by Conservation Corps North Bay, who is pleased to partner with Marin Transit on this transit improvement project.

The Conservation Corps develops and teaches youth skills they can use to pursue careers in the environmental field. Involvement in this particular project with tree removal allows the Corps to train people on power tools such as chainsaws and other equipment that will help them secure a job in the environmental field in the future.

“The types of careers that folks can move into include arborists, environmental planners, park rangers, landscapers, and wildland firefighters. Tree removal and a familiarity and facility with that type of equipment is really important for people going on to each of those fields,” says Jim Chayka, Director of Natural Resources with the Conservation Corps North Bay.

For more information about the Conservation Corps go to

Next week, the local construction contractor Thompson Builders will begin modifying the northbound and southbound curbs on Redwood Boulevard to allow for the temporary relocation of bus stops. Bus service will temporarily move to curbside stops at the end of February. This temporary service change will affect transit lines: 35, 49, 58, 70, 71x, 101, 151, 154, & 251. Service will return to the center median upon completion of construction in August 2017.

Temporary Bus Stop Graphic

During this phase of construction, it is recommended that motorists:

  • Drive slower through the construction zone between Grant Avenue and De Long Avenue.
  • Be on the lookout for temporary lane closures, pedestrians and traffic redirection

Marin County Transit District and construction management staff are making every effort to limit any potential impact during construction and are working with the City of Novato and bus operators to notify bus riders, local businesses and residents of the planned work.

Stay Informed

Construction updates will be provided on a weekly basis. Follow us on our project website www.redwood and

More Info

For Board Reports, Plans, Presentations, and more RGTIP Project Documents, click here.

Do You Have Any Questions?

Please contact Marin Transit by email at or by phone at (415) 226-0855.