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Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project

Crews Begin to Raise Steel Structures

  • Crews Erecting Steel Frames

  • Digging the Bioretention Trench

  • Crews Erecting Steel Structures

  • The First Vertical Structures of the New Bus Facility

  • Crew Member Inserting Irrigation Sleeves

June 02, 2017

Recent Happenings

We are pleased to share that construction work has steadily progressed in the last few weeks. The electrical and underground work continued and the crews were able to start digging for bioretention installation.

For those unfamiliar with the term, bioretention is a Best Management Practice used in construction projects to handle water runoff. As part of the drainage system, underground bioretention basins collect the runoff water where it is treated by a series of sustainable processes to remove contaminants and pollutants, before being allowed to infiltrate soil and flow to storm water drains. The bioretention system will serve as an essential conservation tool on the project, especially for the facility as a whole, by limiting water waste as well as ensuring native plant and wildlife will not be exposed to pollutants. Furthermore, the project's bioretention installation was designed to accommodate future regional recycled water irrigation systems.

Earlier in May, the foundation and pier caps that will serve as the base of the facility's vertical structures were completed, enabling the crews to begin erecting the steel frames that serve as the bus shelter's structure this week. This particular phase of the construction will be taking place over the next several weeks. During this period the bus facility will take shape and viewers will find it easier to imagine the final stage.

In addition to the above ground work, crews started installing sleeves for the new irrigation system that will support the landscaping design. The new Redwood and Grant Bus Facility will feature native shrubs as well as 27 newly planted trees, including iconic coast redwoods, London planetrees, eastern redbuds, and red maples. For more information visit our trees page on the RGTIP website.

As above ground work proceeds, the project is scheduled for completion in August. Thanks to the diligent work of our construction and support teams, the new and vibrant Redwood and Grant Bus Facility will be operating before you know it.


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.