The San Rafael Transit Center (SRTC) serves as the regional transit hub for Marin County. It connects bus service, airporter service, taxi, and rail service with transfer points to San Francisco, Contra Costa and Sonoma counties.
Services at the current San Rafael Transit Center include:
- Local and regional bus service: Golden Gate Transit; Marin Transit; Sonoma County Transit
- Airporter service: Marin Airporter; Sonoma County Airport Express
- Greyhound Bus Lines
- Ride hailing/taxi service
- Regional rail service: Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)
- Golden Gate Transit customer service
- Bike parking
The current 17-bay transit center serves people getting on and off buses 9,000 times each day on the over 500 buses that serve the transit center. Nearly half of weekday riders originate from or are travelling to the downtown San Rafael area. Just over half are transferring between buses or between bus and rail at the transit center. With 16 bus bays occupied during peak times, the SRTC is currently operating at or beyond its capacity.
Interim Transit Center
Work on the SMART train extension to Larkspur is currently under construction. Since this project bisects the San Rafael Transit Center, there will be significant impacts on how buses can enter and exit the current transit center and where passengers board and exit buses.
SMART is currently leading a team, which includes staff from Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit, to develop phased plans that maintain the ability for buses to continue serving passengers within the existing transit center while the Larkspur extension is under construction. Designs were tested at the Golden Gate Transit's Novato bus yard to assure that they work in the real world (click on video link below to see an example of this work). Each construction phase will impact where buses can drop-off and pick-up passengers, and signage will be used to help passengers find their way to the proper locations for each phase. When the SMART Larkspur Extension is complete (expected by the end of 2019), the San Rafael Transit Center will be operating in an interim condition until a permanent replacement transit center is constructed.
Click the image below to see how buses will enter and exit the interim Transit Center:
Watch this video of Golden Gate Transit's interim Transit Center bus movement test: