Bridge District Says Eliminating Bus Route Won't Affect Marin Residents

The district is proposing to eliminate Route 80 between San Francisco and Santa Rosa. Marin County local riders who will be served equally well by taking Route 70 if Route 80 is eliminated, according to the district.

Golden Gate Transit. Courtesy photo.
Golden Gate Transit. Courtesy photo.
By Bay City News Service:

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is proposing to eliminate one of its Golden Gate Transit bus routes between Sonoma County and San Francisco.

Currently, there is daily Golden Gate Transit regional bus service on Routes 70, 80 and 101 between Santa Rosa, Marin County and San Francisco.

Route 70 operates between San Francisco and Novato; Route 80 runs between San Francisco and Santa Rosa; and Route 101 operates between San Francisco and Santa Rosa with limited stops in Marin County.

The district is proposing to eliminate Route 80 between San Francisco and Santa Rosa because travel times take up to three hours, compared to 90 minutes for Route 101 because there are fewer stops in Novato and San Rafael on that line.

Almost half of Route 80's passengers are Marin County local riders who will be served equally well by taking Route 70 if Route 80 is eliminated, according to the district.

Eliminating Route 80 service will prevent duplicate routing that is available on Route 70 between Novato and San Francisco, according to the district.

Route 80 also costs twice as much to operate as Route 101 and ridership on the line is declining, district officials said.

Ridership on Route 101, which was introduced in 2009 as a faster weekday alternative to Route 80, has steadily increased. The line now includes weekend service and buses earlier in the morning and later in the evening, according to the district.

District officials said passengers are requesting more frequent Route 101 service.

If the district's board of directors approves the changes in bus service, Route 101 will be defined as Sonoma County Regional Service and Route 70 as Marin County Regional Service.

The board is holding five open houses between July 23 and July 31 on the proposed changes in Marin and Sonoma counties and a public hearing Aug. 1 at the Sonoma County Administration Building in Santa Rosa.

If approved by the board in September, the bus route changes will begin in December.

Reginald "Rex" Henderson July 17, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Joe - it's been awhile since I have taken the 80, but when I did it never went through Sausalito. Are you 100 percent on that?
Patti July 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM
For those who say no one rides the bus, have you ever taken one? my husband takes these lines and says they are packed to the brim and getting worse (fuller) all the time. please ride the bus before you comment. oh... unless you just want more cars on the road?
DRN July 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Joe, I have the same concerns as you, so I checked up on scheduling. There's a 70 which leaves Mission @ 1st at 12:52 am during the week and runs through Sausalito. Same on weekends. So at least there's one option currently, and if they eliminate the 80 route, they may shift a couple more 70s through Sausalito.
Tina McMillan July 17, 2014 at 02:59 PM
In Novato we are slated by TAM and MTA to expand our capacity to handle multiple bus transfers simultaneously at the bus stop on Redwood between DeLong and Grant. The cost is $4 million. If we continue to reduce bus routes won't their be fewer buses transferring at one time? If as Patti suggests buses are overcrowded why would the Bridge District want to make it unpleasant to take a bus by reducing routes? Is the Bridge district working with TAM and MTA to align different services, changes and upgrades to public transportation throughout the Bay Area? It doesn't make sense to reduce routes but expand capacity.
DMC July 17, 2014 at 03:51 PM
In my uneducated opinion our City Council WANTS--Hi Density Train and Bus Terminal--so that our Hi Density housing numbers--mandated by the State via ABAG--wil Go UP---in the next "Housing Element" go round. They want to please ABAG---they refuse to answer my simple question "Why do YOU want a bus terminal with the capacity to carry half the population of Novato in a single 8 hour day"---They will not answer that question--they defer to the man with two first names--and he doesn't know the capacity and doesn't care what it is--he mocks public speakers and gives cryptic off the cuff untrue answerer's----his answer once was--"Be careful who you listen too"---"Don't use scare tactic's like hi capacity"---When the "source" of the info was pointed out to him ( his consultant)--he said--"Hi capacity doesn't matter-lots of vehicles can go down a road"---I would think that if he knows the capacity and hides it --veracity is an issue and f he doesn't know the capacity (which he didn't) then competence is an issue---and for his salary and cost to YOU and I--he should know the answer if called on or defer to someone brighter.


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