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Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project

Underground Electrical and Foundation Work Continues

  • Onsite crews inspect pier caps

  • The box, pile caps, and anchor bolts are visible next to the crew member in action.

  • Rendering of the finished Redwood and Grant bus facility-note the central supports of the structure.

  • Underground electrical piping

  • Crews installing underground electrical

May 19, 2017

Recent Happenings

With the exception of one misty day earlier this week, we've had good weather. And our construction crews have been making great strides on the RGTIP.

Early last week, a peek inside the fencing revealed a row of wooden boxes. The boxes housed piers caps sitting atop the cylindrical piles constructed these past weeks. The vertical structures will serve as the main supports for the new facility.

During this stage of construction, the crews added anchor bolts, poured concrete, and rough graded the tops of the pier caps. Once the concrete set, the wood was removed and the pier caps were covered over with dirt.

This week underground electrical installations continued. Electric lines housed in protective piping were laid in trenches, and in some areas, crews are starting to pour concrete over electrical piping for added protection.

In the face of delays that mostly are attributable to wet weather and soil conditions, the schedule for construction completion has been extended from July to August. Ahead in the coming weeks, we will be entering the later phases of construction. Expect more excitement as the above ground structures of the facility start to come together.


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:

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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.