New Service Changes Effective December 13, 2020
Marin Transit is adding and adjusting service this month to ensure riders do not get left behind by pass-up activity due to capacity limitations. These changes are also implemented in light of Golden Gate Transit service reductions on regional and commute routes. Changes are effective Sunday, December 13 and temporary as the District continues to adjust service due to evolving conditions of the pandemic.
Eligible Marin Transit Riders Get 50% Fare Discount with New Clipper START Program
Clipper START is now available in Marin County. Clipper START is an 18-month pilot program initiated by MTC and Bay Area transit agencies that uses the Clipper transit fare payment system to reduce the cost of transportation for low-income adults.
Eligible Low-Income transit riders can start saving with the new Regional Clipper START and will receive 50 percent discounts on Marin Transit, Golden Gate Transit, San Francisco Bay Ferry, and SMART. Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus and Sonoma County Transit also offer 20 percent discounts on transit fares. Bay Area residents age 19-64 whose household incomes are no more than twice the federal poverty level can apply for the program.
San Rafael Transit Center Relocation Project Update
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District has been working with the community to study where to relocate the San Rafael Transit Center. A public meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. Event will be in English with translation available in Spanish for questions and answers. Meeting registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Lk4suUGSQdCKr-DmJmaAdg
Marin Transit Offers Free Rides to Polls
On Monday, October 5, Marin Transit’s Board of Directors unanimously approved free local transit rides county-wide on all fixed routes during the upcoming 2020 General Election.
This promotional campaign offers voters a free transportation option to the polls. The free fare days will provide a touchless boarding process without the need to navigate fare payment, minimize interaction between riders and drivers, and reduce boarding times at bus stops. Free fares will also eliminate a potential cost barrier for riders and provide an additional incentive for voters to take public transit to polling places.
All Marin Transit local routes, supplemental routes, and the West Marin Stagecoach will be fare free from October 31 through November 3, 2020. Demand response services including paratransit, Catch-A-Ride, Dial-A-Ride, and Connect will be exempt from the free fare offerings.
Notice of Public Hearing - Clipper START Pilot Program
Marin County Transit District's Board of Directors approved Marin Transit to explore participation in the region’s means-based transit fare pilot program, which offers a 50% discount on the adult cash fare to eligible low-income riders with household incomes of 200 percent of the federal poverty level or lower. In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Marin Transit staff will conduct Title VI Fare Equity Analysis to evaluate the proposed fare change under the Clipper START program and will start a public engagement process. A public hearing will be held before the Marin County Transit Board of Directors on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of the public hearing is to engage public discussion on Marin Transit participation in the Bay Area means-based transit fare pilot program, and receive public comment in advance of potential approval by the Marin Transit Board of Directors at their October 5, 2020 meeting. For more information please visit marintransit.org/clipperstart
Bay Area Transit Agencies Release Healthy Transit Plan
Bay Area transit agencies have joined forces with the common goal of providing a safe ride for the public as the region responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The core of this effort is the newly released “Riding Together: Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan.” Check out this video from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on how Bay Area transit agencies are keeping riders safe with enhanced cleaning measures.
Read the full plan at http://www.healthytransitplan.org/
Marin Transit COVID-19 Recovery Survey Results
Marin County Transit District conducted an online survey in summer 2020 to collect feedback from riders to assess attitudes, and understand how people feel about using the public transit in the current context. The survey also intended to identify measures that will improve rider confidence and feelings of safety riding Marin Transit.
Added Supplemental Service Starting August 10th
In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Marin County Public Health Officer requires Marin Transit to limit the number of passengers onboard a bus to allow for adequate physical distancing. In order to accommodate as many passengers as possible and to provide more frequent service, Marin Transit will begin operating additional “Supplemental Routes” to connect passengers to their destinations more quickly. These routes will generally operate Monday – Saturday starting August 10, 2020 and Sunday service will be added on select routes as demand grows. More information, including maps and schedules, are provided on the individual route pages linked below.
Route 117 provides additional service along Route 17 between Marin City, Mill Valley, Strawberry and the San Rafael Transit Center.
Route 122 provides additional service along Route 22 between the San Rafael Transit Center and College of Marin via 4th St in San Rafael.
Route 135 provides service along Route 35 within the Canal area of San Rafael and the San Rafael Transit Center.
Route 171 provides service along the Highway 101 corridor from Novato to Marin City with service to all Highway bus pad stops and the San Rafael Transit Center.
Marin Transit Connect Now Available in Uber App
Marin Transit, in collaboration with the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM), is excited to announce that as of July 1st, Connect transitioned from the Marin Transit Connect app to the Uber app platform and is now a part of the new Connect2Transit program. More information can be found at www.connect2transit.com.