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Chariot Arrives in Marin County

The growing crowdfunded shuttle service, Chariot, has launched a route operating between San Francisco and Marin County, in particular to Glassdoor, a popular company that rates employers and professions based on multiple facets. Glassdoor, located in Mill Valley next to the Manzanita Park-and-Ride, is also served directly by Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit every day, in which the entrance of Chariot means competition between bus and shuttle van service.
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A map of this service is shown below, designed by yours truly, copied from the Chariot website:
Comparing this service with comparable Golden Gate Transit service, I can note a few differences right away:

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Golden Gate Transit
Chariot
Emulated routes include Routes 4, 10*, 70, 92, and 101

  • Buses have WiFi on board, as well as overhead baggage racks, reading lights, and front-mounted or lower level bike racks
  • Multiple departures throughout the day on Routes 4, 10, 70, and 101, with supplemental service on Route 92
  • Local service through Marin City and Sausalito on Routes 10 and 92
  • Most Route 4, 70, and 101 trips stop at Spencer Avenue and Monte Mar Road bus pads
  • Stop spacing is as follows in San Francisco: 
    • Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza (for Muni 28)
    • Richardson & Lyon/Francisco (for Muni 28, 28R, and 45)
    • Lombard & Fillmore (for Muni 22, 28, 28R, 30, and 43)
    • Van Ness & Union (for Muni 45, 47, and 49)
    • Van Ness & Broadway/Pacific (for Muni 10, 12, 27, 47, and 49) 
    • Van Ness & Clay/Sacramento (for Muni 1, 47, and 49) 
    • Van Ness & Sutter (for Muni 2, 3, 47, and 49) 
    • Van Ness & Geary/O’Farrell (for Muni 38, 38R, 47, and 49)
    • Van Ness & Turk (northbound only, for Muni 31, 47, and 49)
  • Route 4 ends in the Financial District, while the Route 92 ends at 8th & Folsom, and Routes 10, 70, and 101 end at Transbay Terminal
  • No direct service to Mission Street south of 7th Street (alternate service available with BART and Muni) 
Routing is Glassdoor – Mission & 16th (BART station)

  • One departure each way, with a van carrying up to 14 passengers per direction
  • No WiFi on board or bike racks; limited baggage space available
  • Direct service to/from 16th Street/Mission BART
  • Operates express between Glassdoor and Lombard & Divisadero, bypassing Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, Sausalito, Spencer Avenue bus pads, and Marin City
  • Designed for commuters needing direct service to Glassdoor, not for onward travel beyond Mill Valley
  • Stop spacing is slightly different than Golden Gate, making the following stops:
    • Lombard & Divisadero
    • Van Ness & Lombard, Jackson, Geary, and Hayes
Adult fares:

  • Cash fare: $5.25
  • Clipper fare: $4.20 (20% off)
Fare payable by mobile app only ($3 per way), which can be cheaper than Golden Gate Transit
Average times:

  • Manzanita P&R – Lombard & Fillmore:
    • Route 4: 20 to 30 minutes
    • Route 10: 35 minutes
  • Manzanita P&R – Van Ness & Geary:
    • Route 10: 45 minutes
Average times (with congestion in parenthesis):

  • Glassdoor – Lombard & Fillmore: 15 minutes (30 minutes)
  • Glassdoor – Van Ness & Geary: 30 minutes (40 minutes)

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I have yet to try Chariot, even for a short run between the Financial District and the Marina District, in particular the portion between Sansome & Sacramento (or Fremont & Mission) and Chestnut & Fillmore (one block north of Lombard Street for Golden Gate Transit buses). However, on one of my posts, I will describe my experience riding one of Muni’s most overcrowded commuter services, the 30X-Marina Express going outbound from the Financial District to the Marina via Broadway and Van Ness Avenue.

I also recall a petition on Chariot of a commuter van service between Peacock Gap in San Rafael and San Francisco’s Financial District, which will be a revival of the Golden Gate Transit commute Route 32 (discontinued several years ago). However, the plan has not yet received enough riders (through crowdsourcing) to gain regular service.

To make your route proposal a reality, join the discussion by Solving Your Commute here.

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