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Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project

The Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project is Now in its Final Days

  • Installation of etched glass windscreens

  • Welding for column steel cladding

  • Installation of Ipe soffit

  • Looking down-platform at the support columns and Ipe soffit

August 25, 2017

Latest Developments

The Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project is now in its final days, and finishing touches are being applied to the site. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 6th to commemorate the opening of the new transit facility as well as honor the many parties that have contributed to the project's success. The Novato community will soon be able to enjoy a fully functional, safe and beautiful facility that will serve riders, pedestrians and bicyclists alike for many years to come.

Signal light installation is nearly complete and the last of the concrete will soon be poured. Safety is of paramount importance to Marin Transit staff and bus operator and as a result, every detail of the signaling system is being tested and optimized. This week, an on-site meeting was held to review how the new signal system synchronizes with buses merging from the platform into traffic on Redwood Boulevard as well as for pedestrians crossing Redwood Boulevard into the median.

Steel cladding has been welded onto the columns of the shelter, providing a durable covering for the supports. Nearly all of the Ipe wood has been attached to the underside of the shelter roof revealing the stunning final design.

The installation of the etched glass windscreens has just begun, which will serve to shield transit riders from the elements. Balancing form and function, the etched art work represents the waving grasslands of the Novato hills and adds an appealing motif to the overall appearance of the structure.

The next few weeks will be extremely busy as the landscaping is completed, guard rails are installed, signage is put up and a myriad of other finishing tasks are attended to by multiple trades. Both bus riders and motorists should watch for signs, alerts and other communications that will convey important information about maneuvering around the construction site and any potential service changes.


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.