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Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project

Crews Prepare Underground Drainage and Utilities

  • Concrete Formwork for Column Foundations

  • Drilling in Preparation for Piles

  • Rebar Formwork

  • Crews Placing Rebar

  • New Solar Bus Shelter Light

May 5, 2017

Recent Happenings

Last week, after the heavy rains of April subsided and the lingering moisture finally dissipated, onsite construction efforts resumed.

The crews diligently restarted crucial foundation work. Trenches were cut for underground utility installation and auger drilling machines bored holes into the ground for concrete piles, a key structural element of the new facility. A row of rectangular wooden boxes houses pier caps designed to support columns for the structure.

With concrete scheduled to be poured next week, crews have been busy forming rebar. This mesh of rods form cages that act as tension devices to strengthen and reinforce the concrete.

With the help of Golden Gate Transit staff, new solar powered lights were also installed at the existing southbound bus shelter.

Offsite, the steel for the new facility is currently being fabricated and inspected. Expect to see previews of the new bus shelters very soon, which feature sleek designs as well as digital displays.

Construction is expected to continue the next few months, barring unforeseen rainy weather. Marin Transit and the construction crews agree that the project is progressing nicely. It won't be long before the new and improved Redwood and Grant bus facility is open.


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.

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 to cross midblock.

Once again, please be mindful that much of the street parking on Redwood Blvd has been converted into temporary bus lanes for the time being. Stopping or parking in the temporary bus stops is prohibited and could result in a ticket and fine.

Temporary Bus Stop Locations

Parking at curbside stops is prohibited

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

During this phase of the RGTIP, weekly updates will shift to bi-weekly updates (once every two weeks). Once construction is nearing completion, project updates will resume the weekly schedule.

For the latest project information, please visit the project website:

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 or by phone at (415) 226-0855.