San Rafael Transit Center
San Rafael station with a northbound train in August 2018
|Location||3rd Street and Hetherton Street|
San Rafael, California
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||Golden Gate Transit|
Sonoma County Airport Express
Sonoma County Transit
Greyhound Bus Lines
|Fare zone||1 (SMART)|
|Opened||1991 (bus service)|
July 8, 2017 (SMART preview)
August 25, 2017 (SMART service)
|Passengers||approx. 9,000 bus boardings daily (2016)|
The San Rafael Transportation Center in San Rafael, California, also called the C. Paul Bettini Transportation Center, is the main passenger transit terminal for Marin County. From here, passengers can make transfers throughout Marin County, to San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Sonoma Counties. It is also an important station for buses serving San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, and the rest of the country. The Transit Center is planned to be re-configured or moved in the coming years as Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit trains pass through the transit center.
The original San Rafael railway depot that served the Northwestern Pacific Railroad was located at what is now a cafe north of the station. As rail use fell into decline and was discontinued in the mid 20th century, busses came to prominence with the expansion of the road and highway system. The current transportation center was constructed in 1991.
The San Rafael Transit Center hosts to a number of bus agencies, including:
- Golden Gate Transit (the main bus agency) - serving Marin, Contra Costa, Sonoma, and San Francisco Counties.
- Marin Transit - serving Marin County (including Marin Transit Shuttle Route 233 and West Marin Stagecoach Route 68)
- Marin Airporter - serving the San Francisco International Airport from Marin County.
- Airport Express - serving the Oakland International Airport; serves as stopover for Marin County to Sonoma County.
- Sonoma County Transit - serving the Sonoma Valley (Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Agua Caliente, Sonoma, and Schellville) from San Rafael. One morning southbound and one afternoon northbound only, with timed connections to Golden Gate Transit buses to San Francisco.
- Greyhound Bus Lines - the main stop of Greyhound in Marin County, serving points in Northern California and the rest of the United States.
In addition to bus services, there is a double-track railway and two side platform in service as part of the Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit system. Commuter trains arrived in Santa Rosa for testing in March 2016 after a fifty seven-year absence of such services..
The San Rafael Transit Center is located at the corner of 3rd and Hetherton Streets, bounded by Tamalpais Avenue to the west and 2nd Street to the south. Its proximity to Downtown San Rafael and U.S. Highway 101 makes the SRTC an important transfer point for services within Marin County and beyond, aside from being the main hub for Golden Gate Transit services.
With most of Marin Transit's and many of Golden Gate Transit's routes meeting at the San Rafael Transit Center, it provides a transfer point for passengers from San Rafael going towards the rest of Marin County and throughout the Bay Area. As the main stop for Greyhound for the county, SRTC provides connections for its passengers from within Marin County to intra- and inter-regional bus service. It is also one of the main stops of two Airport Bus companies (Marin Airporter and Sonoma County Airport Express), allowing passengers to travel to either San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport without the need of driving.
Routes operated by Marin Transit
The following routes serve the station: 17, 22, 23, 29, 35, 36, 49, 71X, 122, 125, 228, 233, 245 & 257.
Routes operated by Golden Gate Transit
The following routes serve the station: 27, 30, 40, 44, 70 & 101
Routes operated by Sonoma County Transit
The following routes serve the station: 38 & Airport Express
Routes operated by West Marin Stagecoach
The following routes serve the station: 68
• Marin Airporter
- Marin Airporter Website
- Sonoma County Airport Express Website
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