Posted July 3, 2014

Public Meetings Set to Receive Comment on Highway 101 Corridor Service Changes
(en español)

On June 13, 2014, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) Board of Directors (Board) approved the setting of a public hearing to receive public comment on the addition of service on Golden Gate Transit (GGT) Routes 70 and 101 and the elimination of GGT Route 80 service. The public hearing will be held at 9:30am on Friday, August 1, 2014, at the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chambers in Santa Rosa, CA.

Read the staff report and staff presentation from the June 12, 2014, Transportation Committee meeting.

Public Meetings

Open houses will be held prior to the public hearing as follows. Staff will be on hand to receive comments and to assist customers impacted by these proposed changes. Read Open House materials HERE and compare CURRENT Route 70/80/101 schedules to SAMPLE December 2014 Route 70/101 schedules. (Note: these SAMPLE schedules are not the actual timetables. Staff will be available to assist customers with trip planning after final schedules are developed later this year.)

OPEN HOUSES

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4-6pm
Marin City Senior Center, 640 Drake Ave, Marin City, CA

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 3-5pm
Novato Police Department, 909 Machin Ave, Novato, CA

Friday, July 25, 2014, 2-4pm
Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael, CA

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3-5pm
Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St, Petaluma, CA

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 4-6pm
Santa Rosa City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA

PUBLIC HEARING

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 9:30am
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Sonoma County Administration Building, 575 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa, CA

For trip planning assistance to any of the public meetings, please use our online Trip Planner or call the Golden Gate Customer Service Center at 511 (say "Golden Gate Transit," then "operator" to bypass recorded messages)/TDD 711. The Customer Service Center is open weekdays from 7am to 6pm.

How to Comment

The comment period is now closed.

  • In Person by attending any of the public meetings
  • By email at publichearing@goldengate.org
  • In writing to Amorette Ko-Wong, Secretary of the District, GGBHTD, PO Box 9000, Presidio Station, San Francisco, CA 94129-0601

Background

The Board approved a Strategic Vision for Golden Gate Transit Regional Bus Service (Vision) in December 2013, which identifies goals to increase efficiency in service delivery and grow ridership by better using existing resources, expanding service where warranted, and restructuring or eliminating inefficient service, with an overall aim of attracting new riders.

GGT regional bus service on Routes 70, 80, and 101 operates daily between San Francisco, Marin County, and Sonoma County – Route 70 operates between San Francisco and Novato; Route 80 between San Francisco and Santa Rosa; and Route 101 between San Francisco and Santa Rosa, with limited stops in Marin County. All three routes operate the same service in San Francisco; Routes 70 and 80 operate the same service in Marin County; and Routes 80 and 101 operate the same service in Sonoma County.

Due to long travel times (up to three hours) on Route 80 between Sonoma County and San Francisco, Route 101 was introduced in 2009 as a faster weekday alternative to Route 80. Ridership on Route 101 has steadily increased, resulting in an expansion of service that now includes weekends and earlier morning and later evening service. And, while ridership on Route 101 has increased, regional ridership from Sonoma County on Route 80 has decreased.

Staff proposes to eliminate Route 80 service due to diminshed ridership and the duplicative routing available on Route 70 between Novato and San Francisco. Resources saved by this elimination would be used to expand Route 101 service to match the span of service currently provided by Route 80 and to expand Route 70 service to match the frequency of service currently provided by Routes 70 and 80. These changes would result in a net increase of one (1) Route 70 trip and thirteen (13) Route 101 trips on weekdays, and 26 trips each on Routes 70 and 101 on weekend days.

These service changes would take effect on December 14, 2014.