After seven months of demolition and construction, the contractor is done putting the finishing touches on the Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project (RGTIP). On September 6th, Marin Transit hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to commemorate the completion of the RGTIP project, celebrating the efforts and accomplishments of the many parties that contributed to the project’s success.
Over 100 guests, including neighboring businesses, Novato residents and project partners were reminded that the collective effort of the RGTIP began seven years ago when a Marin Transit study identified the many shortcomings of the aging bus shelter. Working with the City of Novato and a team of consultants, the District envisioned a modern, clean, efficient new facility as a grand new gateway to downtown Novato. From the beautiful glass windscreens to the sleek canopy overhead, the newly constructed facility is a wonderful addition to the community and will serve thousands of weekly passengers for many years to come.
The ribbon cutting ceremony featured remarks from:
Denise Athas, Mayor of the City of Novato
Supervisor Judy Arnold, Marin County District 5
Stephanie Moulton-Peters, Chair of the Transportation Authority of Marin
Eric Lucan, Director, Marin Transit Board of Directors
Katie Rice, President, Marin Transit Board of Directors
Damon Connolly, Commissioner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Bijan Sartipi, Director, Caltrans District 4
Ceremony attendees got an up-close look at the new contemporary facility, which is surrounded by 27 new trees and a variety of plantings that were added to a landscape already featuring historic redwood trees. The design utilized the same footprint as the old bus stop while significantly improving the comfort and safety of passengers as well as actual bus operations. Additionally signalized crossings make access to the facility much safer for pedestrians and bicyclists now have safe options for securing their bicycles with new racks and lockers. The new roadway allows buses to safely pass each other which eliminates delays previously experienced by passengers because the old narrow pathway forced buses to wait behind the vehicle ahead.
Following the ceremony attendees enjoyed food and beverages contributed by Peet’s Coffee and Safeway.
Event sponsors included project contractor Thompson Builders Corporation, engineering consultant Mark Thomas & Company, construction managers Pennino Management Group, architect Kappe Architect and ZFA Structural engineers. Many thanks to these experts who designed and constructed this beautiful and sustainable transit facility.
Marin Transit appreciates the support from the community of Novato throughout this process as well as the countless efforts of the City and participating agencies. We especially want to thank the residents and businesses for dealing with the impacts of noise, parking disruptions and general construction nuisances.
Construction also displaced our bus riders who have waited patiently for the new and improved site. While there's still a little bit of work left to be done, bus operations will return to the median with this Thursday, September 21st! Passengers will be welcomed to the new facility for the Grand Opening of the Redwood & Grant Transit Facility that starts with the first bus arriving at 4:56 am.
Pedestrians should use the new midblock crosswalk signals and wait for traffic to stop before crossing Redwood Boulevard into the median. The new center platform design will facilitate passengers making transfers. Please note that there are not designated bus stops and buses may stop anywhere along the platform for northbound or southbound passengers. For more information check the display cases, visit marintransit.org and goldengate.org, or call customer service at: 415-455-2000