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Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project

Bus Operations Move to Curbside Stops

  • Bus Operations Move to Curbside Stops

  • Tree sanctioned for protection

  • Thompson Builders preparing curbside stops

  • Thompson Builders preparing curbside stops

February 24, 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, under the oversight of the consulting arborist, trees designated for removal were safely taken out by Conservation Corps North Bay. According to Jim Chayka, Director of Natural Resources with the Conservation Corps North Bay, [The] Corps members spent over 160 hours honing their chainsaw, chipper, and stump grinder skills which will be tremendous assets as they transition from our program into careers in the environmental field.

The work performed by the Corps was deemed a success by the consulting arborist as well as the construction and associated transit teams. For more information about the Conservation Corps North Bay, please visit

This week, and continuing into next week, the local construction contractor Thompson Builders is modifying the northbound and southbound curbs on Redwood Boulevard to allow for the temporary relocation of bus stops. The mid-block crossings from the curbs to the median are closed during construction and pedestrians are rerouted to alternative crosswalks.

Next week, bus operations will move from the center median to temporary curbside stops the morning of Wednesday, March 1st. Temporary signs will be posted to alert riders of service changes between DeLong and Grant Avenues. Email, seat drops, social media and website alerts will help notify transit users of changes affecting the following lines: 35, 49, 58, 70, 71X, 101, 151, 154, & 251.

Temporary Bus Stop Graphic

Following the bus stop relocation, median construction will begin in coming weeks. During this phase, existing bus shelters and curbs in the median will be removed and replaced with a single platform, a new bus shelter/canopy, benches and lighting. In addition, a new signalized mid-block median crossing will be installed.

Median construction is expected to continue until late July 2017. It is expected bus stop service will return to the center median in August 2017.

Public Safety

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

Pedestrians are cautioned to safely use crosswalks on Redwood Boulevard and not cross midblock.

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.