ABOUT US: FAQ
- What is Marin Transit?
- What exactly is local transit?
- If Marin Transit is responsible for local transit, why do many of the buses say "Golden Gate Transit" on them?
- How are Marin Transit's operations funded?
- What kinds of improvements has Marin Transit made recently?
- How can I learn more about Marin Transit?
Marin County Transit District (Marin Transit) was formed by a vote of the people of Marin County in 1964. Marin Transit is responsible for local public transit and contracts with other providers, including Golden Gate Transit and Whistlestop Wheels, to operate local bus and paratransit services. Marin Transit's services are designed to provide for the mobility needs of the general population throughout the County. In 2007, Marin County Transit District underwent a complete rebranding, renaming ourselves Marin Transit. Back to Question List
If the bus begins and ends in Marin County, then it's probably a local transit route. Golden Gate Transit (GGT) routes that travel between counties (i.e. to San Francisco, Sonoma, or Contra Costa) are considered regional routes. In time, all our local transit vehicles will be distinguishable by the Marin Transit logo and accompanying green graphics. Back to Question List
if marin transit is responsible for local transit, why do many of the buses say "golden gate transit" on them?
Golden Gate Transit is the contract operator hired by Marin Transit to provide the majority of local services in Marin. By using Golden Gate buses, drivers, and facilities, we are able to get the most efficient service possible. Some of the buses that provide local service during certain times of day also provide GGT regional service during peak periods. Back to Question List
Public transit is funded through many sources. Only a portion of the cost of public transit is covered by passenger fares. The primary sources of transit operating funds for most public transit agencies are state funds, including the Transportation Development Act (TDA) and State Transit Assistance (STA) programs. With the passage of a local half-cent transportation sales tax, Measure A, in November 2004, Marin Transit now has a dedicated source of local funding for transit. Over its 20 years, Measure A is expected to provide about $182 million for local transit. Marin Transit also received a small percentage of the property tax in the County and federal grant funds to support out West Marin Stagecoach service. Back to Question List
As required by the Measure A sales tax legislation, Marin Transit adopted its first Short Range Transit Plan and Local Service System Plan in 2006. In September 2006, system-wide local service changes were implemented to increase frequency where appropriate, reduce transfers, better reflect county travel patterns, and meet system performance goals. We also added three new Community Shuttles to our system and expanded service on the West Marin Stagecoach. Over time, we will continue to work with our partners and contract operators to monitor and improve our services. Back to Question List
There are several ways you can find out more about Marin Transit and our services. Visit our website www.marintransit.org. Sign up for Marin Transit news updates, West Marin Stagecoach news and/or Shuttle news by joining our email distribution lists. Visit our website to register online. Contact Marin Transit directly at (415) 226-0855 or send us an email at email@example.com. Back to Question List