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Golden Gate Transit Gillig LF 40' Unit 1904

Golden Gate Transit operates a regional network of bus services linking the North Bay, San Francisco, and Contra Costa County. It operates four Basic bus routes and twenty-one Commuter bus routes. It also operates eight Local bus lines on behalf of Marin Transit. All routes, with the exception of Route 40 and local Marin Transit routes, serve Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza.

Note: Information listed below are current as of 3 August 2020

Basic Bus Routes

These services operate daily between the North Bay and San Francisco, and between San Rafael and El Cerrito Del Norte BART station.

Routes 30 and 70 serve all bus pads along US-101, alongside Marin City. Route 30 also serves Sausalito via Bridgeway, while Route 70 serves bus pads at Spencer Avenue/Monte Mar Avenue in Sausalito, and north of San Rafael Transit Center until Novato. Route 101 operates as the express variant of Routes 30 and 70, stopping only at San Rafael Transit Center and ten stops in Novato (five northbound, five southbound).

Routes 30 and 70 provide a combined frequency of approximately every 30 minutes between San Rafael Transit Center and Marin City, while Routes 70 and 101 leapfrog at Downtown Novato to allow easy transfers between local and regional service, especially for travelers wanting local service south of Novato.

Route 40, on the other hand, operates via the Richmond Bridge

Route Description Weekdays Weekends  
Service Span Frequency Service Span Frequency
30 San Francisco - San Rafael GGT via Sausalito, US-101 bus pads 5:48am-2:06am Every 30 to 60 minutes 5:48am-2:06am Every 30 to 60 minutes
40 San Rafael - Del Norte BART via Point Richmond 5:49am-10:03pm Every 30 to 60 minutes 5:49am-10:03pm Every 30 to 60 minutes
70 San Francisco - Novato via US-101 bus pads 4:49am-1:22am Every 30 to 60 minutes 5:00am-1:22am Every 30 to 60 minutes
101 San Francisco - Santa Rosa GGT via San Rafael, Novato, West Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park 3:49am-2:14am  Every 30 to 60 minutes 3:49am-2:14am  Every 30 to 60 minutes

Commute Bus Routes via the Financial District

These services operate weekdays only, with two routes, Routes 4 and 27, offering reverse commute and midday services between San Francisco and Marin County. All routes operate via Battery, First Street, Howard, Fourth Street, and Perry southbound; Perry, Third Street, Folsom, Fremont, Front, (Pine or California), and Sansome northbound.

The typical routing for these buses is via Fisherman's Wharf:

Three routes, Routes 24X, 56X, and 72X, operate via the Broadway Tunnel, stopping only at Van Ness & Union en route.

Not all Route 4 trips terminate at Strawberry (reverse commute and midday trips only); peak period trips terminate instead at E Blithedale & Tower/Kipling for easy access to and from US-101.

Route 24X mirrors Route 24, but in central Marin, the nonstop portion is longer, between Sir Francis Drake Blvd & College Avenue in Kentfield and Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza in San Francisco. Route 24 picks up and drops off additional riders in Kentfield, Greenbrae, and Larkspur.

Routes 38 and 38A are essentially the same route, but with a few, important differences:

Route 72, in normal circumstances, operates one trip each southbound in the morning and northbound in the evening; Route 74 provides similar service, and Route 72X provides a super express service to Routes 72, 74, 101, and 101X between San Francisco, Rohnert Park, and Santa Rosa (with an additional stop at Sonoma County Fairgrounds Park-and-Ride at Maple & Brookwood). However, due to the suspension of Routes 72X and 74, Route 72 is temporarily providing commute service.

Currently, only Routes 4, 18, 24, 27, 38, 54, 56X, and 72 are operating; the other lines are suspended. Also, no midday and reverse commute services available on Route 27 until further notice.

Information for the suspended routes are based on Spring 2020 schedule, published in March.

Route North Bay Destination  Service Span Frequency
2 Marin Headlands via Sausalito

5:58am-10:05am

4:26pm-7:18pm

Every 30 to 60 minutes
4 Strawberry via Mill Valley 5:31am-7:37pm Every 30 to 60 minutes
8 Tiburon via Strawberry, Belvedere

6:28am-8:36am

4:58pm-6:13pm

AM Peak: two trips

PM Peak: one trip

18 College of Marin via Corte Madera, Larkspur

6:24am-8:28am

4:02pm-6:21pm

AM Peak: two trips

PM Peak: two trips

24 Fairfax Manor via Sir Francis Drake, San Anselmo

5:24am-9:29am

3:27pm-7:24pm

AM Peak: every 60 minutes

PM Peak: every 30 to 60 minutes

24X Fairfax Manor Express via Broadway Tunnel

6:29am-8:41am

4:19pm-6:15pm

AM Peak: two trips

PM Peak: two trips

27 San Anselmo via San Rafael (select trips via US-101 bus pads)

4:30am-9:29am

3:40pm-7:09pm

AM Peak: every 30 to 90 minutes

PM Peak: every 60 minutes

38 Marinwood via Terra Linda (Del Ganado & De La Guerra)

6:33am-8:55am

4:00pm-6:35pm

AM Peak: two trips

PM Peak: two trips

38A Marinwood via Lucas Valley

6:26am-8:57am

4:00pm-6:39pm

AM Peak: two trips

PM Peak: two trips

54 Novato via South Novato Blvd (select trips via US-101 bus pads)

5:46am-9:59am

2:32pm-8:01pm

AM Peak: every 45 to 60 minutes

PM Peak: every 60 minutes

56X Novato via San Marin, Rowland Blvd Park-and-Ride, Broadway Tunnel

5:00am-9:29am

3:00pm-7:38pm

AM Peak: every 60 minutes

PM Peak: every 60 minutes

72 Santa Rosa GGT via Rohnert Park, Cotati, West Petaluma

3:50am-9:32am

2:06pm-8:16pm

AM Peak: every 25 to 60 minutes

PM Peak: every 30 to 60 minutes

72X Santa Rosa GGT Express via Rohnert Park Expressway Park-and-Ride, Broadway Tunnel

3:56am-8:50am

2:06pm-7:34pm

AM Peak: every 15 to 30 minutes

PM Peak: every 20 to 30 minutes

74 Santa Rosa GGT via Cotati, West Petaluma

4:34am-9:02am

3:02pm-7:41pm

AM Peak: every 15 to 35 minutes

PM Peak: every 30 to 60 minutes

76 East Petaluma

5:05am-8:36am

3:00pm-7:19pm

AM Peak: every 30 to 40 minutes

PM Peak: every 30 to 60 minutes

Commute Bus Routes via San Francisco Civic Center

These routes operate similarly to Basic Routes 30, 70, and 101 (above); however, these provide direct services to North Bay communities rather than just serving bus pads along US-101.

Three routes are offshoots of their original commuter routes, denoted with a "C" suffix. Routes 4C, 24C, and 54C were created as a replacement to the weekday, peak-period only "shuttle" service, Route 93, between Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza and San Francisco Civic Center, supplementing services already provided by Routes 30, 70, and 101.

Another route, Route 101X, operates nearly identical to the all-day, every day Route 101; however, it skips all Marin County stops in Novato and San Rafael.

One route, Route 92, operates via Park Presidio Blvd, Geary Blvd, Webster St, and McAllister St in San Francisco as a legacy of two discontinued routes, Route 50 (before 2003) and Route 10. This route provides both peak commute and reverse commute services between Marin City, Sausalito, the Richmond District, Japantown, and Fillmore District.

As of time of writing, these routes are currently suspended until further notice; alternate service available on Routes 30, 70, and 101. Transferring between Financial District and Civic Center routes can be done at either Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza or Richardson & Lyon/Francisco.

Route North Bay Destination Service Span Frequency
4C Mill Valley

6:53am-8:57am

4:01pm-6:01pm

AM Peak: two trips

PM Peak: two trips

24C Fairfax Manor via Sir Francis Drake

7:13am-8:33am

5:21pm-6:55pm

AM Peak: one trip

PM Peak: one trip

54C Novato via South Novato Blvd., US-101 bus pads

6:33am-7:58am

5:00pm-6:32pm

AM Peak: one trip

PM Peak: one trip

92 Manzanita Park-and-Ride via Sausalito, Marin City, Geary Blvd

6:34am-11:32am

1:52pm-6:52pm

AM Peak: every 30 to 60 minutes

PM Peak: every 60 minutes

101X Santa Rosa via Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park

5:59am-9:53am

3:09pm-7:24pm

AM Peak: two trips

PM Peak: two trips

Local Routes Operated on Behalf of Marin Transit

Golden Gate Transit currently operates eight local routes on behalf of Marin Transit. These use buses purchased by Marin Transit, but are managed and operated by Golden Gate Transit workers.

See the full list over at the Marin Transit page.