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Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project

Crews Rough-In Utilities and Curbs & Gutters are Established

  • Crews Pouring Concrete

  • Crews Constructing Curbs Along Redwood Boulevard

  • Preparing for Irrigation Conduits

  • A crew member works on the bus shelter roof

  • An electrical box installed onto the shelter

  • Electrical wiring inside the shelter

June 30, 2017

Recent Happenings

The construction teams have made great strides on the RGTIP over the last few weeks. The new facility is taking shape as evidenced by the amount of activity at the site each day. Dirt has been trucked in for the roadway that is forming around the shelter. The shaping of curbs and curbside gutters was a big portion of the work performed over the last two weeks. Crews have systematically formed and poured concrete around the edges of Redwood Boulevard where the curbs will eventually connect to roadway pavement.

Curbs and gutters actually serve several important functions, including the controlling and conveying of water to targeted points of collection as a way to reduce the amount of water that seeps under the pavement. This helps to reduce water waste, flooding and infrastructure damage. Furthermore, curbs define the facility perimeter, outlining the edges of the pavement and provide easily definable borders to help channel traffic.

In preparation of the new site's landscape design, which includes the planting of 27 new trees, landscape sleeves that span all the way to street curbsides were installed under Redwood Boulevard. These sleeves serve as conduits through which sprinkler irrigation and other facility wiring can be installed. Upon completion of the new hardscaping surfaces, they will also allow crews to easily install additional irrigation pipes, control wiring, lighting wiring, and other system wiring if required.

Work on the shelters continued with a focus on putting in the electrical support. Electricians "roughed-in" wiring and boxes in the shelter and ran electrical cabling required for features including real-time signage and lighting. "Roughed-in" is a construction term that means to bring in various lines (e.g. electrical conduit, duct work, plumbing pipes) into a space but not make final connections. As such, installation of features such as real-time signage and lighting is on the horizon.

The next months will be a very exciting phase for the completion of the RGTIP as final steps are being taken to prepare the facility for use by our ridership. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.


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.