Posted September 8, 2011


Getting around on public transit on Sundays is about to get a little easier! Starting Sunday, September 11, 2011, Golden Gate Transit (GGT) is increasing service on SUNDAYS via existing Route 101. With the success of the weekday and Saturday Route 101 service, the route will operate on Sundays, replicating the Saturday schedule. The new SUNDAY Route 101 will initially operate as a demonstration service for a nine-month period with a total operating cost of $280,000 with fares projected to support 20% of operating costs or $56,000.

Nearly 40 years ago, GGT began operating daily basic bus service throughout the day and into the evening between Santa Rosa and San Francisco as an alternative to driving and as supplement to commute services which operate during peak hours on weekdays. Today, GGT’s basic service routes include Routes 10, 70, 80, and 101, as well as Route 40/42 which connects to Contra Costa County.

In June 2009, to ease the then growing overcrowding on Route 80 and, at the same time, improve travel times, the Route 101 was launched as weekday express service. The Route 101 offers fewer stops than the Route 80, resulting in reduced travels times. The Route 80 trips can take up to 3 hours to travel between Santa Rosa and San Francisco, while the Route 101 offers a 30 minute time savings by operating as an express, skipping 17 of the stops made by Route 80.

On weekdays, the Route 101 operates 16 departures from Santa Rosa to San Francisco between 5 am to 4:30 pm and 18 departures between 6 am to 8 pm from San Francisco returning to Santa Rosa. The weekday service has proven quite popular, showing steady ridership increases with ridership up 4% between 2010 and 2011 making GGT an even more attractive alternative to traveler between Marin/Sonoma counties and San Francisco.
By June 2010, in response to requests, the Route 101 was expanded to offer Saturday service, with 7 trips between 7 am and 1 pm departing from Santa Rosa to San Francisco, and 9 trips between 11:30 am to 6:30 pm. The Saturday service has shown a 25% increase in ridership over the past year.

For schedule information, visit our Schedules Page or call 511 (711/TDD) and say “Golden Gate Transit,” then “operator” to bypass recorded messages.


Additional Golden Gate Transit Service Adjustments
Effective September 11/September 12

Schedules on the following GGT routes will be adjusted up to seven minutes to improve connections and running times:

Basic Routes 40, 42, 70, and 80

Commute Routes 24, 44, and 54

Local Marin Routes 35 and 45

All Commute Routes: Many trip times at 7th & Folsom have been modified due to changed traffic conditions. Check timetables!

Adjustments Specific to a Particular GGT Route:

Route 24: Running times revised

Route 35: Two northbound morning and two southbound afternoon trips added (formerly Route 36 trips).

Route 36: Minor schedule revisions AND Northbound 6:50 am and 7:20 am trips and southbound 5:49 am and 6:19 am trips no longer serve stops south of the San Rafael Transit Center. These trips have been converted to Route 35 trips. See Routes 17, 35, 70, and 71 for alternate service.

Routes 40/42: Westbound buses now arrive at the San Rafael Transit Center at 25 and 55 minutes after the hour (previously was 20 and 50 minutes after the hour).

Route 51: Southbound 8:15 am trip moved to 7:15 am. Northbound 7:58 am (Redwood & Grant) trip moved to 6:58 am.

Route 70: Southbound Saturday trips at 9:56 am, 10:56 am, 2:56 pm and 3:56 pm have been converted to Route 101 trips from Novato departing three minutes earlier.

Route 92: Northbound 7:28 am trip moved five minutes earlier to better meet Route 17 connections in Marin City.

Route 101: Southbound Saturday trips departing Novato at 9:53 am, 10:53 am, 2:53 pm, and 3:53 pm added. Sunday service now offered on Route 101.