Golden Gate Transit

Golden Gate Transit
LocaleSan Francisco Bay Area (North Bay)
Transit type(s)Bus, Ferry
Began operation15 August 1970 (ferry service); 1 January 1972 (bus service)
No. of lines51 bus lines and 2 ferry routes
Daily ridership20,366 (FY 2006)
OperatorGolden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District
Official Website of GGBHTD


Golden Gate Transit is a public transportation system in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States. It mainly serves Marin and Sonoma Counties, and also provides limited service to San Francisco and Contra Costa County.

Golden Gate Transit is one of three transportation systems owned and operated by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. The other two are the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Ferry, both of which connect San Francisco to Marin County. Funding for cross-bridge services is partially subsidized by bridge tolls, in addition to the traditional federal and state sources. Bus service within Marin County is provided under contract with Marin Transit.

Bus Service

Cities Served

Golden Gate Transit[1] currently serves the following cities and communities:

In Contra Costa County: Richmond (BART station, Cutting Boulevard, and Harbour Way) and El Cerrito (BART station).

In Marin County: Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Greenbrae, Ignacio (South Novato), Kentfield, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Lucas Valley and Marinwood (North San Rafael), Marin City, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Marin (North Novato), San Rafael, Sleepy Hollow, Tamalpais Valley, Terra Linda, Tiburon, and Woodacre.

San Francisco (San Francisco Civic Center, Financial District, Geary Boulevard (in the Richmond District), and Transbay Terminal (at Mission and 1st)).

In Sonoma County: Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park, and Santa Rosa.

Types of Bus Service and Route Designations

Bus service [2] is divided into several types: [3]
  • Basic Service: daily service throughout the day and evening that provides service between San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, and Sonoma Counties. Route numbers include 10, 40, 42, 70, and 80.
  • Commute Service: commute period service on weekday mornings and evenings except holidays that provides service between San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. Currently, there are 22 bus routes, most of them serving San Francisco Financial District. Routes 75 and 91 are the exceptions: Route 75 serves between Santa Rosa and San Rafael, while Route 91 serves as a midday (not peak-hour) commute service between San Rafael Transit Center and Larkspur Ferry Terminal.
  • Local Service: provides local service within Marin County on weekdays with limited weekend service under contract with Marin Transit. Marin Transit determines the level of transit service and the fares for most services.[4]
  • Supplemental Local Service on School Days: provides limited supplemental service on school days within Marin County.
Golden Gate Transit also operates special service to select San Francisco 49ers football home games from Larkspur, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma. And within San Francisco, local service is permitted only between the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza and the Presidio (at Richardson Avenue at Francisco Street).

Hours of Operation and Transfer Points

Golden Gate Transit buses run depending on location.[5] The first and last buses are shown below, along with other bus lines served:

Major Stop Location Weekdays (including commute buses) Weekends and Holidays Bus Lines Served
First Departing Bus Last Departing Bus First Departing Bus Last Departing Bus
Santa Rosa Terminus (Piner and Industrial)3:58am10:01pm4:03am10:03pmTransfers can be made at the Santa Rosa Transit Mall for Mendocino Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, Sonoma County Transit, and Napa VINE.
Novato (at Redwood and Grant)4:58am1:24am4:59am1:25amEZ-Rider (shuttle service serving Novato)
San Rafael Transit Center (3rd and Hetherton)4:37am1:00am5:30am1:00amAirport Express (Sonoma County), County Connection Shuttle, Greyhound Bus Lines, Marin Airporter, Marin Transit (Route 233 and North Route, West Marin Stagecoach), and Sonoma County Transit (Route 38 to Sonoma Valley)
Marin City (at Donahue and Terners)5:16am1:38am5:44am1:37amMarin Transit (South Route, West Marin Stagecoach)
San Francisco Terminus (7th/8th and Folsom)5:16am12:43am5:14am12:37amTransfers can be made at the following: Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, San Francisco Civic Center BART station, Embarcadero BART station, and Transbay Terminal for various transit agencies (AC Transit, Amtrak Shuttle, BART, Greyhound Bus Lines, MUNI, PresidiGo Shuttle, and SamTrans)

Marin Transit

See Marin Transit for more information.

Fares

Golden Gate Transit provides different fares, depending on distance (zones) traveled and method of payment.[6]

Fare Category Number of Zones Traveled Cash Fare Discounted Fare (Discount Travel Book or TransLink)
AdultWithin 1 zone ɫ (San Francisco or within Sonoma County)US$3.15Same
Within 2 zones or East Bay to any point in Marin County or within East BayUS$3.60US$2.88
Within 3 zonesUS$4.35US$3.48
Within 4 zonesUS$5.30US$4.24
5 zones (San Francisco to Petaluma, Rohnert Park, or Cotati)US$7.60US$6.08
6 zones (San Francisco to Santa Rosa)US$8.40US$6.72
From East Bay to San Francisco or Sonoma CountyUS$6.60US$5.28
Within Marin CountyUS$2.00US$1.80 (sold by ticket books of 20 tickets worth $36.00)
Youth (6 to 18), Senior (over 65), Disabled (), or MedicareWithin 1 zone ɫ (San Francisco or within Sonoma County)US$1.55Not offered
Within 2 zones or East Bay to any point in Marin County or within East BayUS$1.80
Within 3 zonesUS$2.15
Within 4 zonesUS$2.65
5 zones (San Francisco to Petaluma, Rohnert Park, or Cotati)US$3.80
6 zones (San Francisco to Santa Rosa)US$4.20
From East Bay to San Francisco or Sonoma CountyUS$3.30
Within Marin CountyUS$1.00US$1.00 (sold by ticket books of 20 tickets worth $20.00)
Children under 5 years old (limit 2 per full-fare adult)All bus routesFreeFree


Note:
  • ɫ Travel within San Francisco is between the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza and the Presidio (Richardson Avenue and Francisco Street)

Fleet

Golden Gate Transit strives to improve its fleet through its bus replacement program. Under the program, older buses are retired and replaced with new, higher-capacity, "clean air" buses that accommodates persons in wheelchairs () and seniors.[7]

As of January 2007, the GGT active bus fleet consists of 195 lift-equipped buses, and all of them also have bike racks that can hold up to 2 bicycles (NovaBus buses, Orion buses, TMC buses, and NewFlyer articulated (accordion) buses have front-mounted bike racks, and the MCI 45-footer buses have bike racks at the baggage storage area). Like SamTrans and King County Metro of Seattle (and unlike most other transit agencies), the majority of the Golden Gate Transit fleet are coaches suited to commuter routes to San Francisco and fitted with high-back seats, rather than urban buses.

Ferry Service

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The Golden Gate Ferries', Sonoma crossing the bay.

Cities Served

Golden Gate Ferry [8] serves Larkspur and Sausalito in Marin County and San Francisco, providing fast ferry service.

Types of Ferry Service

Golden Gate Ferry offers regular passenger ferry service, with limited weekend service between Marin County and San Francisco. It also provides special ferry service for events like select home games of San Francisco Giants baseball, the annual Bay to Breakers, and day after Thanksgiving (originating from Larkspur only).

Days of Operation and Number of Trips

Golden Gate Ferry operates daily including limited holiday service[9]. GGF does not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

The following table presents a summary of the number of ferry trips provided by Golden Gate Ferry:

Origin Number of trips and Schedules Notes
Weekdays to San Francisco Weekdays from San Francisco Weekends/Holidays to San Francisco Weekends/Holidays from San Francisco
Number of tripsDepart first ferryDepart last ferryNumber of tripsDepart first ferryDepart last ferryNumber of tripsDepart first ferryDepart last ferryNumber of tripsDepart first ferryDepart last ferry
Larkspur205:50am8:50pm216:25am9:35pm59:40am5:30pm412:30pm7:00pmAn Expanded Holiday Schedule operates on the Day after Thanksgiving[10].
Sausalito97:10am7:20pm97:40am7:55pm611:20am6:20pm710:40am6:30pm


Buses also run to and from the ports.

To/From Larkspur (at E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd.): A commute bus leaves for the San Francisco Financial District (as Route 97) at 5:30am, arriving in San Francisco at 6:05am. As a result of overcrowded parking at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal on weekdays, Route 91 provides midday commute shuttle service between Larkspur Ferry and the San Rafael Transit Center, with 6 trips each way, and the trip lasts 8 to 10 minutes. And Route 29, operated by Marin Transit, provides local service (but stopping at Larkspur Landing, not at the terminal itself) for ferry passengers from San Rafael, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, and San Anselmo.

To/From Sausalito: Several bus routes pass by or close by the ferry terminal (Bay and Humboldt), including 3 basic routes (Route 10 all day, Routes 70 and 80 late night), 3 commute routes (Route 2, select morning Routes 4 and 60), and 1 local route (Route 22).

Fares

Golden Gate Ferry provides different fares, depending on origin or destination in Marin County and method of payment.[11]

Fare Category (one-way) Origin/Destination Cash Fare Discounted Fare (Frequent Rider Tickets or TransLink)
AdultLarkspurUS$7.10US$4.45
SausalitoUS$7.10US$3.80
Youth (6-18), Seniors (65+), Disabled (), or MedicareLarkspur or SausalitoUS$3.55Not offered
Children under 5 years old (limit 2 per full-fare adult)All ferry routesFreeFree

Fleet

Golden Gate Ferry has 3 high-speed Spauldings and 2 catamarans in service today. [12] The Spauldings are named M.S. Marin, M.S. Sonoma, and M.S. San Francisco, while the catamarans are named M.V. Mendocino and M.V. Del Norte. All of the ferries are wheelchair-accessible (), have passenger capacity from 390 to 715 people, and can store a limited number of bicycles on board. On-board refreshments are also served on all ferry services.

Transfer Policies and Discount Passes

Transfers within Golden Gate Transit system

Transfers within the GGT system [13] (GGT buses and Golden Gate Ferries) are issued at time of payment, and restrictions apply.

Transferring between GGT Buses. Usually, for intra-county travel, a transfer is valid for 2 hours, while for inter-county travel, 3 hours, and transfers may be used for up to 3 times. Transfers are punched based on fare and ultimate destination and must be in the same direction punched or otherwise indicated.

Transferring from Bus to Ferry. Pay full transbay (cross bay) ferry fare (see ferry fare table here) in farebox when boarding the bus, and the bus operator will issue a transbay transfer. If paying by Ride Value (Bus) or Frequent Rider (Ferry) tickets, deposit ticket and additional cash amount (if necessary).

With a Ride Value ticket, the following table will apply for adding cash value:

Ride Value Ticket and Value Larkspur ($4.45) - Add Sausalito ($3.80) - Add
Zone 2 / $2.88$1.55$0.90
Zone 3 / $3.48$0.95$0.30
Zone 4 / $4.24$0.20None
Zones 5 and 6 / $4.92-$6.72None


With a Frequent Rider ticket, the following table will apply for adding cash value:

Frequent Rider Ticket and Value Ride Value Ticket
Zone 2 ($2.88) Zone 3 ($3.48) Zone 4 ($4.24) Zone 2 to 6 ($4.92) Zone 5 ($6.08) Zone 6 ($6.72) Transfer to Larkspur Ferry
Larkspur / $4.45None$0.45$1.65$2.25Not applicable
Sausalito / $3.80None$0.45$1.10$2.30$2.90$0.65


Transferring from Ferry to Bus. Ferry customers will receive a transfer punched with the zone to which they paid. Transfer should be shown to bus driver when boarding, and customers may also add the difference in fares when boarding a bus.

Transferring between Golden Gate Transit and other agencies

Agreements with various transit agencies exist with Golden Gate Transit.

Transit Agency Name Golden Gate Transit Transfer Golden Gate Ferry Transfer Notes
To Transit Agency From Transit Agency To Transit Agency From Transit Agency
SF MUNINot allowedFree transfer coupons given: from Larkspur, get transfer at Larkspur Ferry Terminal before departure; from Sausalito, get transfer at San Francisco Ferry Building upon arrival (Ferry to SF MUNI). Surrender transfer coupon to MUNI driver to obtain valid MUNI transfer.Free transfer to Golden Gate Ferry included in transfer coupon (SF MUNI to Ferry).Transfers are not valid on cable cars.
AC TransitAccepts Routes 40/42 transfers as full payment of local fare for continuing travel on the first AC Transit bus boarded in the East Bay.Accepts AC Transit transfers for $1.75 adult fare credit ($0.85 youth/disabled/senior) on Routes 40/42.Not applicableNone
Blue and Gold Fleet (Tiburon Ferry)Customers may board Golden Gate Transit commute route 9 for free during the morning and afternoon commute periods by showing their valid Tiburon Ferry commute ticket book to the bus driver.
Marin Transit Routes 221, 233, and 259 (shuttle service) and Routes 61, 62, and 68 (West Marin Stagecoach)Accepts GGT transfers for free travel within Marin.Accepts Marin Transit transfers for a $2.00 adult local fare credit ($1.00 youth/disabled/senior) for continuing travel within Marin County.Marin Tranit transfers are not accepted for travel on GGT outside Marin County.
Petaluma TransitAccepts GGT transfers for a full local fare credit.Accepts Petaluma Transit transfers for a $1.00 fare credit for continuing travel to all points.None
Santa Rosa CityBusAccepts GGT transfers as local fares ONLY at points where Santa Rosa CityBus and GGT routes intersect (e.g. Santa Rosa Transit Mall).Accepts Santa Rosa CityBus transfers for a $0.10 fare credit on local travel within Sonoma County.
Sonoma County TransitAccepts GGT transfers for a local fare credit or first zone fare.In Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, and Cotati, GGT accepts Sonoma County Transit transfers for a $0.10 fare credit for local travel within Sonoma County. In Petaluma, GGT accepts Sonoma County Transit transfers for a $1.00 fare credit for continuing travel to all points.
Vallejo TransitAccepts GGT transfers from Routes 40/42 at the El Cerrito del Norte BART Station for a $1.00 adult/youth fare credit ($0.50 disabled/senior) for travel to Solano County.Accepts Vallejo Transit transfers at the El Cerrito del Norte BART Station for a $1.75 adult fare credit ($0.85 youth/disabled/senior) for travel on Routes 40/42.
WestCATAccepts GGT transfers from Routes 40/42 at the El Cerrito del Norte BART Station for a $0.50 adult/youth fare credit ($0.25 disabled/senior) for travel within western Contra Costa County.Accepts WestCAT transfers at the El Cerrito del Norte BART Station for a $1.75 adult fare credit ($0.85 youth/disabled/senior) for travel on Routes 40/42.

Intersystem Pass Programs

Marin Transit Youth Pass ($175 for six months, $325 for one school year) provides unlimited rides on local routes within Marin County only. The pass is not valid on GGT commute or regional basic routes, and these stickers are offered two times per year for a fixed six-month period and are distributed by participating Marin County schools.

SF MUNI Flash Pass Sticker ($40 per month) provides unlimited rides on MUNI during calendar month indicated by affixing the sticker to a GGT Ride Value ticket book cover and "flashing" it at Muni driver.

Sonoma Superpass ($126 per month for adults, $63 per month for youth/senior/disabled) provides the option of unlimited travel on GGT within Sonoma County. Additional Superpasses are available for travel from Sonoma County (on Sonoma County Transit routes 38 and 50 only) to San Francisco or Marin County.

See Also

Golden Gate Transit links with the following transit agencies in the Bay Area:

Notes

1. ^ GGBHTD. "services", Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, 2007-09-10. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
2. ^ GGBHTD. "Golden Gate Transit Schedules (updated quarterly)", Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, 2007-09-10. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
3. ^ GGBHTD. "services", Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, 2007-09-10. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
4. ^ Suzanne Bourguignon. "MCTD", Marin Transit. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
5. ^ GGBHTD. "Golden Gate Transit", Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, 2007-06-15. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
6. ^ GGBHTD. "Golden Gate Transit", Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, 2007-06-15. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
7. ^ GGBHTD. "Golden Gate Transit: Research Library", Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
8. ^ GGBHTD. "Golden Gate Ferry", Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, 2007-08-01. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
9. ^ GGBHTD. "Golden Gate Ferry", Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, 2007-08-01. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
10. ^ GGBHTD (2007-06-10). FerrySchedules070610. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District. Retrieved on 2007-09-14.
11. ^ GGBHTD. "Golden Gate Ferry", Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, 2007-06-15. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
12. ^ GGBHTD. "Golden Gate Ferry", Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, 2007-06-15. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
13. ^ GGBHTD. "demo_default_2", Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, 2007-06-15. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 

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