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Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project

Bus Stops Move and Median Construction Begins

  • Markings on the street of the temporary bus stops

  • The center median is closed off, while the bus stops are relocated

  • Thompson Builders at work on the temporary bus stops

  • Demolition phase officially begins in the center median

  • A Golden Gate Transit representative informs a rider of the stop relocations

  • New bus signs are installed at curbside bus stops

March 3, 2017

The Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project (RGTIP) is a six-month construction project to improve safety and operations at the Novato bus stop located on Redwood Boulevard between Grant Avenue and De Long Avenue. This downtown gateway is important for access to public transit throughout Marin County and the entire Bay Area. The planned enhancements will make the facility safer and more efficient for riders, drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and buses. Construction started the second week of February 2017 and will continue through July 2017. Please note that all construction schedules are subject to change due to weather restrictions and other unforeseen delays.

Recent Happenings


Last week, the local construction contractor Thompson Builders modified the northbound and southbound curbs on Redwood Boulevard to allow for the temporary relocation of bus stops. Additionally, temporary signs were posted to alert riders of service changes between De Long and Grant Avenues.

The mid-block crossings from the curbs to the median are closed until completion of construction. Currently, pedestrians are advised to use the crosswalks on Grant Ave and De Long Ave to cross Redwood Blvd. The median crosswalk will reopen at the close of construction in August 2017. Pedestrians are reminded to use caution while crossing the street.

On Wednesday, March 1st the transfer of bus operations from the center median to temporary curbside stops was successfully implemented. Representatives from Golden Gate Transit, MV Transportation, the City of Novato and Marin Transit were onsite to ensure a smooth transition of bus operations as well as inform bus riders.

Following the transition to curbside bus operation, contractors launched the demolition phase of the construction project. The median area was fenced off and landscaping, concrete, signage and light poles were removed.

Next week, the demolition of the center median will continue. Motorist should be aware that the lanes on Redwood Blvd have been restriped and temporary bus stops have been marked.

Although no significant travel delays are expected, the restriping of lanes on Redwood Blvd, may lead to slightly longer wait times for northbound motorist intending to make a left turn at Grant Ave. For those pressed for time, plan your trips accordingly and consider choosing an alternative route.

Please be mindful that the street parking on Redwood Blvd has been converted into a temporary bus stop for the time being. Parking in the temporary bus stops is prohibited and could result in a ticket and fine.

In particular, the parking in front of Peet’s Coffee on the north-east corner of Redwood Blvd and Grant Ave has been transitioned into a bus stop for the duration of this project phase. Motorists will be able to park on the street again, upon completion of the construction in August of this year.

Temporary Bus Stop Locations

Parking at curbside stops is prohibited

Public Safety

During this phase of construction, it is recommended that motorists:

  • • Be aware that the restriping of the lanes may lengthen the time it takes to make a left turn onto Grant Ave from
    Redwood Blvd.
  • • Drive slower through the construction zone between Grant Avenue and De Long Avenue.
  • • Be on the lookout for temporary lane closures, pedestrians and traffic redirection
  • • Avoid stopping or parking in the bus only lanes.

Pedestrians are cautioned to safely use crosswalks on Redwood Boulevard and not cross midblock.

Marin County Transit District and construction management staff are making every effort to limit any potential impact during construction and are working with the City of Novato and bus operators to notify bus riders, local businesses and residents of the planned work.

Stay Informed

Construction updates will be provided on a weekly basis. For the latest project information, please visit the project website: www.redwoodandgrant.org.

For further up-to-date information, follow Marin Transit on Twitter and Facebook.

More Info

For Board Reports, Plans, Presentations, and more RGTIP Project Documents, click here.

Do You Have Any Questions?

Please contact Marin Transit by email at rgproject@marintransit.org or by phone at (415) 226-0855.