GGT offers a thin lifeline in the BART strike

BART is on strike. I’ll spare you the gory details of why, as they’re covered much more extensively in other news media. However, now’s a good time to refresh minds about bus service through Marin. Though not ideal, it could be better than nothing for those who can get to Richmond or Del Norte BART stations.

GGT routes 40 and 42 head to San Rafael, where a commuter can transfer to San Francisco-bound 27, 44, 70, 80, and 101. If you don’t want to wait, or if you think you’ll get lost in the crowd, you can head down the freeway on routes 17, 36, or 71 to one of the other commuter lines. As usual, pack the 101 service pocket guide.

The thing you probably won’t want to do is head to the Larkspur ferry. Parking is cramped as it is, and direct bus access is minimal. If you insist on a ferry, get on almost any bus heading south (17, 27, 36, 70, 71, 80) and hop off at the next stop. You have a ¾ mile walk from there. That, or drive to the ferry before 7am.

GGT has a much more extensive listing of how to get to SF. The fastest way may be to take a commuter bus from north of San Rafael so as to avoid the general traffic lanes through as much of Marin as you can. However, south of Marin City, the HOV lanes end and you’ll get stuck in traffic. At least you can sleep through the stop-and-go.

Good luck out there. It’s brutal.

 

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About David Edmondson
A native Marinite working in Washington, DC, I am fascinated by how one might apply smart-growth and urbanist thinking to the low-density towns of my home.

4 Responses to GGT offers a thin lifeline in the BART strike

  1. smartriders says:

    Dave, Would love to have your remind folks about getting to the ferry on a bike.  Even if folks live too far away to bike from Sonoma or Novato, they could bike part of the way (I frequently have done a bike/car commute where i use both).  This would allow for easy ferry access without having to worry about car parking at the LFT. Thanks for considering  including this in future pieces. Andy On 7/1/2013 11:27 AM, The Greater Mar

  2. Stephen Nestel says:

    This is an excellent lesson in monopolies. If all the public transit dreams come to fruition, the economy essentially shuts down with a transit strike. Love my bike. Love my truck. Love my freedom.

  3. Jean says:

    Thanks for the graphic 101 pocket guide. Helpful. Jean

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