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Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project

The Bus Facility Starts to Take Shape

  • Cranes Lifting Steel Beams for Bus Shelter Roof

  • Welding Structure Seams

  • Installing Corrugated Panels

  • Trenching for Underground Electrical

  • Recycled Water Pipes

  • Joshua Williamson, Construction Manager and Peggy Flynn, The City of Novato

June 16, 2017

Recent Happenings

Over the last few weeks the RGTIP construction site is starting to resemble the beautiful structure that will serve as the new facility as the above ground structure is put in place. The erection of steel framing and beams for the bus shelter is nearly finished and crews are completing the bioretention installation.

As part of constructing the bus shelter, precise welding was performed, followed by individual weld inspections to ensure the quality of the work rendered. Upon completion of the steel rafters, the first corrugated panels were affixed to prepare for roofing.

In tandem with the shelter being erected, the crews made significant progress on completing the underground electrical work. In close collaboration with PG&E, the electrical system is being brought to the surface to support real time signage, lighting, signals and other systems.

As mentioned in our previous update, bioretention is a best management practice used in construction projects to handle water runoff. An important part of the drainage system, the 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 on the RGTIP is of particular interest as the North Marin Water District (NMWD) is pursuing improvements to the water supply reliability in Novato. Along with an aggressive and successful water conservation program, for the last several years, NMWD has been developing another new source of supply—recycled water.

The RGTIP site is one of various properties with large landscape areas that NMWD identified as a location to use recycled water for irrigation. NMWD is in the process of installing a new recycled water pipeline that will reach the RGTIP site in the near future. As represented by the purple pipe in the above photo, the underground irrigation system has already been put in place and is ready to tie into the NMWD recycled water system. The program brings many benefits to Marin, including high quality water, drought proof reliability and a lower carbon footprint.

For more information on Novato Recycled Water Program, visit their website:

With all the recent construction activity, this week, the RGTIP construction site got a special visit from Peggy Flynn, Assistant City Manager, The City of Novato. She was given the grand tour by our construction crew on-site construction manager, Joshua Williamson.

In the coming weeks, the bus facility will start to incorporate eye-catching aesthetics, with roadways and landscaping soon to follow. Please stay tuned for more information in the coming week.


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.