Updated October 29, 2015

Golden Gate Transit to Make East Bay Service Adjustments in December

Changes are coming to Golden Gate Transit (GGT) bus service in the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge corridor. Starting December 13, 2015, Routes 40 and 42 will merge into a single route and a new Route 580 will provide service between several East Bay communities and San Rafael during commute hours. These changes, funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission using toll revenues collected under Regional Measure 2, are being implemented to improve service levels and expand service.

Route 40 will operate during the same hours as Route 42 and will be enhanced during the busiest times of the day. In Marin County, the route will follow the existing Route 40 alignment in the westbound direction and serve the bus stop in front of the Post Office on Bellam Boulevard in San Rafael in the eastbound direction. In the East Bay, the route will follow the existing Route 40 alignment, thereby eliminating the portion of Route 42 to the Richmond BART station. Passengers needing to access BART can do so at the El Cerrito del Norte BART station or by transferring to AC Transit. Transfers to/from AC Transit will continue to be free for GGT customers. While some passengers may experience a small increase in transfer times, faster overall travel times and increased service levels are expected to offset the increase. For a map showing routing and bus stops, click HERE. For the new Route 40 schedules, click HERE.

New Route 580 will start as a nine-month demonstration program. It will operate every 30 minutes, with five westbound trips in the morning and five eastbound trips in the afternoon, along Hollis Street, Ashby Avenue, San Pablo Avenue, and Buchanan Street through Emeryville, Berkeley, and Albany. In Marin County, Route 580 routing will be similar to Route 40, but it will be extended to serve a portion of Andersen Drive previously served by Route 42. The route will be made permanent if it meets established performance targets. For a map showing routing and bus stops, click HERE. For Route 580 schedules, click HERE.

Golden Gate Transit will conduct several outreach events in anticipation of these changes. Please check back here for updates on these events, which will include detailed trip planning assistance for passengers affected by these changes.

For trip planning assistance, call 511 (say "Golden Gate Transit," then "operator" to bypass recorded messages)/TDD 711. The Golden Gate Customer Service Center is open weekdays from 7am to 6pm.