Updated Friday, July 5, 2013
Posted June 26, 2013

BART Union Contracts Extended 30 Days; BART Service Resumes Friday, July 5 at 3pm: Visit alert.511.org for status and travel alternatives.


Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Options for East Bay Residents to Access San Francisco via Marin County

Golden Gate Transit  |  Golden Gate Ferry  |  Golden Gate Bridge 

Click here for Transit Ridership and GGBridge Traffic during BART Strike
Click here for Average Daily Transit Ridership and GGBridge Traffic
Click here for 1997 BART Strike Ridership and Traffic Information

Ride Golden Gate Transit (GGT) Bus Service

Bus Connections from East Bay BART stations to San Rafael Transit Center

GGT Routes 40 and 42 operate between the East Bay and the San Rafael Transit Center, located in central Marin County at Third and Hetherton streets. Route 42 operates daily and serves both the El Cerrito Del Norte BART and the Richmond BART stations while Route 40 operates on weekdays except holidays and serves only the El Cerrito Del Norte BART. GGT stops at the BART stations will be relocated to temporary stops—Richmond BART: East and westbound trips will serve a temporary stop at Macdonald Ave nearside 16th Street. Del Norte BART: East and westbound trips will serve a temporary stop at Kearney nearside Knott Ave.

WEEKDAYS EXCEPT HOLIDAYS – Route 40/42

Route 42: WESTBOUND: Operates 21 trips from 5:44 am to 11:13 pm from the El Cerrito Del Norte BART to Richmond BART to the San Rafael Transit Center.

Route 42: EASTBOUND: Operates 18 trips from 5:30 am to 10 pm from the San Rafael Transit Center to Richmond BART and El Cerrito Del Norte BART.

Route 40: WESTBOUND: Operates 6 trips from 6:22 am to 6:17 pm from the El Cerrito Del Norte BART to the San Rafael Transit Center.

Route 40: EASTBOUND: Operates 8 trips from 6:00 am to 5:30 pm from the San Rafael Transit Center to the El Cerrito Del Norte BART.

WEEKEND AND HOLIDAYS – Route 42

Route 42: WESTBOUND: Operates 16 trips from 7:13 am to 10:15 pm from the El Cerrito del Norte BART, to Richmond BART, to the San Rafael Transit Center.

Route 42: EASTBOUND: Operates 16 trips from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm from the San Rafael Transit Center, to El Cerrito del Norte BART, and to Richmond BART.

Bus Connections to San Francisco at San Rafael Transit Center

At the San Rafael Transit Center, East Bay travelers may transfer to various GGT routes to San Francisco. Routes 27 and 44 serve the San Francisco Financial District and Routes 70, 80, and 101 serve Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street. Click here for schedules.

Bus Connections from City of Vallejo & Solano County to San Francisco

If commuting from the City of Vallejo or Solano County to San Francisco, catch GGT Route 56, 58, at the Rowland Blvd. Park-and-Ride Lot (248 spaces) and routes 70 or 80 at the Rowland bus pad located off Highway 101 in Novato. Take Highway 37 west to Highway 101 north, exit at Rowland Boulevard, and enter the Park-and-Ride lot by taking a slight left across the intersection. Click here for schedules.

Bus Connections at Park and Ride Lots

Petaluma: Washington Street at Fairgrounds: Routes 80 and 101
Novato: U.S. Highway 101 at Rowland Blvd.: Routes 56, 58
Hamilton/Novato: Hamilton Theater on Palm Drive: Route 58
San Rafael: U.S. Highway 101 at Smith Ranch Road: Routes 44, 54, 58

Bus Connections within San Francisco

In the event of a BART strike, bus customers traveling within San Francisco will be permitted to board and disembark Golden Gate Transit buses at any existing GGT stop.

GGT Bus Fares and Schedules

GGT fares are located here: http://goldengatetransit.org/fareprograms/
GGT schedules are located here: http://goldengatetransit.org/schedules/current/

Drive the Golden Gate Bridge

Directions to the Golden Gate Bridge via the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

To access the Golden Gate Bridge from the East Bay, take the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge westbound. After crossing the span, take the second exit, "101 South/San Francisco/Sir Francis Drake Boulevard” to Hwy 101. Travel south to the Golden Gate Bridge. To return to the East Bay, motorists can take one of two northbound exits off Hwy 101 to access I-580 Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The first northbound exit to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge I-580 is right after the Lucky Drive exit and says “Richmond Bridge.” The second Richmond-San Rafael Bridge I–580 exit is the very next exit to the north, which says “Richmond Bridge/Francisco Blvd/I-580.”

Tolls are Collected Automatically with No Stopping at the Toll Plaza

The Golden Gate Bridge collects ALL tolls electronically, with no stopping and no cash taken at the Toll Plaza. For more information about our new tolling system, please visit www.goldengate.org/tolls.

If you are a FasTrak user, you are all set to go as FasTrak offers a discounted toll ($5 for a 2-axle vehicle instead of $6) at the Golden Gate Bridge. FasTrak is the best option for drivers that cross the Golden Gate Bridge and other toll bridges in the region more than once a year.

If FasTrak is not for you then we suggest opening a limited-term License Plate Account during the BART Strike. When you open a License Plate Account, you can enter an account closure date so the account is only open for the period of time that you choose. A License Plate Account is different from a FasTrak Account in that your credit card will be charged the appropriate toll ($6 for a 2-axle vehicle) every time you drive through the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza. This option is best for those who prefer to “pay as they go” and choose to forgo the benefits of FasTrak’s discounted Golden Gate Bridge toll rates.

One-Time Payments are suggested for drivers who infrequently cross the Golden Gate Bridge, for visitors from out of the area, and for customers that want to pay with cash. You can make a One-Time Payment online, over the phone, or in person. A One-Time Payment can be made 30 days before you cross the Bridge, or within 48 hours after your crossing (if traveling in a rental car, payment must be made BEFORE crossing). They can be made online with a credit card or with cash at a Cash Payment Location.

And finally RELAX....For customers who do not open a FasTrak or a License Plate Account, or make a One-Time Payment, tolls are assessed using the License Plate number of the vehicle and a Toll Invoice will be mailed to the registered owner, with no added fees. The Toll Invoice must be paid within 21 days to avoid Toll Violations and fines. To avoid potential late fees, the FasTrak, License Plate, or One-Time payment options are recommended.

Transit Ridership and GGBridge Traffic - Current BART Strike

Golden Gate Transit Bus operation: To date, there has been no observed or detectable change in ridership on Routes 40/42 from the East Bay.

Golden Gate Ferry LARKSPUR Ferry: Information is preliminary and not audited
Trip
Mon.,
July 1
Mon.,
June 24
Diff.
Tue.,
July 2
Tue.,
June 25
Diff.
Wed., July 3
Wed., June 26
Diff.
5:45am
212
172
+40
212
168
+44
170
173
-3
6:35am
399

322

+77
398
245
+153
327
292
+35
7:00am
438
346
+92
412
362
+50
341
373
-32
7:30am (added)
281
231
+50
297
199
+98
269
225
+44
7:50am
356
403
-47
419
380
+39
354
396
-42
8:20am
375
409
-34
378
404
-26
372
448
-76
TOTALS
2061
1883
+178
2116
1758
+358
1833
1907
-74

Golden Gate Bridge: Information is preliminary and not audited.

Southbound
Mon.,
July 1
Tue.,
July 2
Wed.,
July 3
Thu.,
July 4
Fri.,
July 5
4am to 8am TOTAL
15,605
15,229
14,523
To Come
To Come
 
424 fewer  vehicle crossings as compared to 16,029 (the average of last 3 Mondays)
604 fewer vehicle crossings as compared to last Tue., June 25
1491 fewer vehicle crossings as compared to last Wed., June 26
   

Current Average Transit Ridership and GGB Traffic

Golden Gate Bridge Daily Traffic (both directions):
112,000
Golden Gate Transit Daily Ridership:
23,000
Larkspur Ferry Daily Ridership:
5,500

BART Strike in September 1997 - This is the only data available

Comparing traffic volumes for the Golden Gate Bridge for September 1997, 1998, 1998:

1997 had 16,115 more crossings than 1998
1997 had 19,292 more crossings than 1999

MONTH
1997
1998
1999
September
1,789,8562
1,773,447
1,779,270

Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry – September 1997 increase is likely contributed to the BART strike:

September 1996 =
81,356
September 1997 =
97,800

or a 16,444 increase in 1997 over 1996.