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Fairfax-San Rafael Transit Corridor Feasibility Study

The purpose of the feasibility study was to identify a range of potential additional transit services in one of the most heavily traversed transportation corridors in Marin County. This feasibility study identified opportunities to improve or expand existing service, along the Fairfax – San Anselmo – San Rafael corridor to meet both existing demand and anticipated future demand at the start of SMART commuter rail service in downtown San Rafael. With new rail service starting in Marin in 2016, there will be increased demand and opportunity for transit in the corridor.

The specific goals of the transit corridor feasibility study were to:

·         Maximize transit ridership

·         Connect the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) station and San Rafael (Bettini) Transit Center with residential and employment opportunities throughout the corridor

·         Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

·         Reduce transit travel times in the corridor

·         Enhance transit reliability in the corridor

·         Maintain or improve conditions for all other modes


The study analysis was of a more preliminary nature than would be required for federal transit funding. However the Study outputs provide relevant technical information that may be used to inform and support more detailed alternatives analysis in the future, should that be required.

Study Corridor

The extent of the study limits was from Manor (the current Golden Gate Transit service turnaround) to Downtown San Rafael at Hetherton, with and associated corridor segment extending east to the Canal Neighborhood.

Study Management

TAM served as the project manager for the Transit Corridor Feasibility Study, in partnership with local jurisdictions and agencies. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) made up of representatives met regularly to review progress. In addition, TAC members reviewed draft memorandums and the final report, and informed their stakeholders as appropriate.

In partnership with the County of Marin, Towns of Fairfax, San Anselmo, the City of San Rafael and with three transit operators – Marin Transit, Golden Gate Transit, and SMART – TAM in November 2014 contracted with a consultant team to prepare the feasibility study. TAC representatives reported on progress to their respective councils/boards.

Read the full Fairfax-San Rafael Transit Corridor Feasibility Study and Executive Summary

TAM Staff Contact:

Scott McDonald
Transportation Authority of Marin 
900 Fifth Avenue, Suite 100
San Rafael, CA 94901

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Last updated: 1/6/2016 4:57:48 PM