Free Fares on Connect Starting Friday, March 20
Marin Transit continues to operate service to provide mobility for Marin residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shelter-in-place restrictions ordered throughout the Bay Area. During this unprecedented time, Marin Transit will offer Fare Free rides on our app-based, on-demand Marin Transit Connect service beginning Friday, March 20th, and until shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted.
Connect provides curb-to-curb service in accessible vans that allows individuals who rely on public transit, especially older adults and those with disabilities, to maintain their social distancing and take advantage of this service to make essential trips to work, a doctor’s office, pharmacy or grocery store. Trips will be limited to two passengers per reservation to maximize social distancing. More information on the Connect service, including service hours and the recently expanded service area, can be found at connect.marintransit.org.
Marin Transit Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
On March 15, 2020, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services issued an advisory related specifically to use of public transportation to limit the spread of COVID-19. County Public Health recommends the following guidance effective immediately:
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.
Connect to Expand Service Area and Change Fares
The Marin Transit Board of Directors approved the following changes to the Connect program that will take effect February 3, 2020:
Notice of Public Hearing
Marin Transit will hold a public hearing on the Draft 2020-29 Short Range Transit Plan and a proposal to change Fare and Eligibility Policies.
The public hearing will be held before the Marin County Transit (Marin Transit) Board of Directors on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., at Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, California. The purpose of this hearing is to have public discussion and receive comments from interested parties on the Draft 2020-2029 Short Range Transit Plan and Fare Policy in advance of the potential adoption by the Board of Directors at their February 3, 2020 Meeting.
Fare and Eligibility Policy Proposal
On Monday, November 18, Marin Transit’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to kick off the public comment period for the proposal on fares and eligibility policies, which will include a public hearing on January 13, 2020.
Marin Transit staff have developed a proposal that includes changes to local bus fares, 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.
To learn more about the proposal and provide feedback, please visit https://marintransit.org/farepolicy2019.
Routes 22, 122, and 228 San Anselmo Hub Stop Change in December
Beginning December 8, a new stop at Sir Francis Drake & Bank St will be served by routes 22, 122, and 228. Route 22 and 122 buses serving this new stop will no longer serve the San Anselmo Hub. The new stop will improve travel times along the routes and speed up the trip for our passengers!
Impacts vary by route. See information below for route specific impacts.
Route 22 (effective 12/8) will serve a new stop at Sir Francis Drake and Bank St and will no longer serve the San Anselmo Hub. Runtime adjustments have been made on select trips between the San Rafael Transit Center and Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Lagunitas Rd. All other times remain unchanged.
Route 49 Will Begin Service to the San Marin SMART Station in December
Beginning December 8, Marin Transit will serve the San Marin SMART station with the Route 49. All northbound trips will end at the San Marin SMART station and all southbound trips will begin at the San Marin SMART station. The Route 49 will connect SMART riders to downtown Novato, South Novato Blvd., and Ignacio/Hamilton.