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Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project

From Road to Roof, The RGTIP Continues to Take Shape

  • Installing fire barrier in canopy

  • Water meter installation underway

  • First layers of roofing installation: vapor barrier and insulation board

  • Ipe Wood Applied to Shelter Canopy

  • Special Inspector performing compaction testing of roadway soil

  • New electrical service pedestal getting ready for PGE

  • Pouring Curb and Gutter at Platform

  • Decorative Curb and Gutter Surrounding Platform

July 14, 2017

Latest Developments

From road to roof, the Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project (RGTIP) continues to take shape! At ground level, crews started working on the foundation and electrical connectivity to support the signalized crosswalk, which is designed to provide safe passage for pedestrians crossing Redwood Boulevard to and from the bus facility. They also initiated construction of foundations for the light poles that will help illuminate the facility.

Additional curbs and gutters were constructed, including decorative concrete around the shelter. These elements give definition to the bus lane roadways and the sleek design of the curbs echoes the modern shape of the shelter.

Safety and efficiency continue to be top priorities: as roofers added fire safety and other protective layers to the shelter, construction inspectors were onsite to test soil and concrete and a water meter that will monitor and manage water flow has been installed.

Crews put up the wood covering on the underside of the shelter. The material is Ipe, popular for its strength, durability and beauty as a Brazilian walnut wood. Its natural luster makes it a perfect choice for the Redwood and Grant shelter.

The site has never been busier. These days, the project team is paying close attention to the schedule and coordination of a logical path to delivering the skilled workers and materials needed on a daily basis. A high degree of synchronization has been evident in recent weeks among the various trades as progress unfolded.

With the underground installations nearly complete, the project team has begun reviewing plans for landscape planting. A tulip tree that arborists rated in poor condition during a June 2016 report has died and will be removed before the new trees, plants and bushes are put in.

Looking ahead over the next few weeks, once the shelter is finished, crews will pave the roadway, put up the light poles, install the signals and connect the irrigation system. The contractor is expected to put the finishing touches on the bus facility in September.

Stay tuned for more updates as we near the completion of the RGTIP and continue to improve the safety, comfort, and convenience experience of our riders.


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.