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Marin Transit Starts a “Pulse” Transfer Point in Olema

Marin Transit started a new pulse transfer point in Olema, in western Marin County, on August 20, 2012 that allows riders for both West Marin Stagecoach Routes 61 and 68 to transfer between services during peak periods, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Initially envisioned for students going to schools in Fairfax, San Anselmo, and San Rafael, hopefully, this service can be extended to workers residing and working in west Marin to travel by transit to and from eastern Marin County.
Click here for the West Marin Stagecoach schedule effective August 20, 2012

The timed transfer service between Routes 61 and 68 is operated as follows:

Morning Commute:

Route 61 (South Route) westbound:
Departs Bolinas (Wharf & Brighton) at 6:10am
Arrives Olema (Shoreline at Post Office) at 6:30am — 15-minute wait time for Route 68 from Inverness
(afterwards, Route 61 turns eastbound in Olema and leaves at 6:33am)

Route 68 (North Route) eastbound:
Departs Inverness (at Inverness Store) at 6:30am
Departs Olema (Shoreline at Post Office) at 6:45am — leaves as soon as boarding and unloading is finished
Arrives Sir Francis Drake High School at 7:35am
Arrives San Anselmo Hub at 7:39am — transfers available to Routes 22 and 29 to College of Marin
Arrives San Rafael Transit Center at 7:52am — transfers available to multiple Golden Gate and Marin Transit routes


Afternoon Commute:

Route 61 (South Route) westbound:
Departs Marin City at 3:35pm
Departs Tamalpais High School at 3:50pm
Departs Downtown Stinson Beach at 4:34pm
Departs Bolinas (Wharf & Brighton) at 5:00pm
Arrives Olema (Shoreline at Post Office) at 5:20pm — 7-minute wait time for Route 68 from San Rafael 

Route 68 (North Route) westbound:
Departs San Rafael Transit Center at 4:30pm — transfers available from multiple Golden Gate and Marin Transit routes
Departs San Anselmo Hub at 4:43pm — transfers available from Routes 22 and 29 from College of Marin
Departs Sir Francis Drake High School at 4:47pm
Arrives Olema (Shoreline at Post Office) at 5:27pm — timed connection for eastbound Route 61
Arrives Inverness (at Inverness Store) at 5:42pm

Route 61 (South Route) eastbound:
Departs Olema (Shoreline at Post Office) at 5:27pm — waits for connections from westbound Route 68
Arrives Bolinas (Wharf & Brighton) at 5:57pm
Arrives Downtown Stinson Beach at 6:13pm
Arrives Marin City at 7:07pm

With this system, I have noticed a flaw in the scheduling: while it is possible to connect between Routes 61 and 68 in the afternoon commute, it seems like the morning commute connection is not possible if one begins from Inverness or Point Reyes Station to connect in Olema and continue east towards Bolinas, Stinson Beach, Mill Valley, and Marin City, making the transfer useless if one travels to and from job centers in Mill Valley, Marin City, and San Francisco by bypassing Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and instead using Highway 1 as an alternate route. While it encourages students from Bolinas to travel to Olema and transfer there to head to schools such as Sir Francis Drake High School, College of Marin, White Hill Middle School, and other institutions in central Marin, it discourages students from Inverness and Point Reyes Station to travel south towards Tamalpais High School and other schools in southern Marin. 

Marin Transit has already deployed a version of the NextBus system to its fleet of West Marin Stagecoach vans and Marin Transit shuttles. However, it is yet to be determined when the system will be integrated with Golden Gate Transit’s GPS and enhanced radio network, which is still being developed and constructed… and hopefully to be deployed by as early as next year. Another question would be when the Clipper commuter card be available to Marin Transit shuttles and vans to make it an alternative choice for riders to pay on Marin County routes. Understanding that each system isn’t perfect, it will still take time for Marin Transit to track its way to becoming a fully-integrated transit system with Golden Gate Transit in terms of NextBus, Clipper, and other remarkable transportation technologies.

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  1. Reservations for weekday service are allowed up to seven days in advance, with same day service available as space permits. Only same day reservations are permitted for weekend service. No service is provided on holidays. Thanks for sharing.

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