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 operate Monday – Saturday starting August 10, 2020. 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 starting July 1st, Connect will transition from the Marin Transit app to the Uber app platform and be part of the new Connect2Transit program. More information can be found at www.connect2transit.com.
Marin County Transit District Seeks Input from Riders
Marin Transit is seeking feedback from all riders in the form of a short on-line survey. The information gathered through the survey will assist the District in planning during the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to ensure that adjustments to our operations and services best address the needs and concerns of our riders. The survey will be open from Thursday, June 25 through Thursday July 2, 2020.
The survey is available in English and Spanish languages, and can be accessed at COVID 19 Marin Transit Survey.
Route 17 Strawberry Village Service Changes Effective March 9
Beginning, Monday, March 9, 2020, select weekday Route 17 trips will be converted to 17X trips and will no longer serve Strawberry Village and adjacent stops east of Highway 101. Route 17X trips will also have adjusted schedules.
Regular Route 17 trips will continue to serve Strawberry Village, and there are no changes to weekend schedules.
8-Minute Service Frequency in Canal Effective March 9
Beginning Monday, March 9, 2020, Routes 23X and 29 will now operate in a counter-clockwise direction through the Canal as shown in the map below. Route 35 will have added service during weekday morning and afternoon peak periods between the San Rafael Transit Center and the Canal.
The new trips, along with changes to Routes 23X and 29, will create 8-minutes service frequencies within the Canal during weekday peak hours.
Changes to Marin Transit fare policies, Marin Access program eligibility, and the Low-Income Fare Assistance program
On Monday, February 3, Marin Transit’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt the staff proposal on changes to Marin Transit fare policies, Marin Access program eligibility, and the Low-Income Fare Assistance program.
The adopted plan includes changes to local bus pass programs, Catch-A-Ride, Dial-A-Ride, and paratransit fares, the reimbursement rate for STAR & TRIP volunteer driver programs, the Low-Income Fare Assistance program, and eligibility standards for Marin Access programs.
All changes will be effective July 1, 2020.
To learn more about the policy changes, please visit https://marintransit.org/farepolicy2019.