Tuesday marked the first day commuters could take a free shuttle between Ross Valley and the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.
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The shuttle, called "The Wave," will have a nine-month trial period through June 2014. It will be free for ferry customers, but other passengers will be subject to fares.
It runs from Fairfax and along Sir Francis Drake Blvd. to the Larkspur ferry terminal.
It serves commuters riding the ferries that depart from Larkspur between 6:35 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. and commuters who take the afternoon ferries that arrive at Larkspur between 4:05 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.
The shuttle is designated as Route 25 in the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District’s Transit Guide and will make all the regular Golden Gate Transit stops between Fairfax and the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. Click here to see the schedule.
District officials said 51 percent of commuters who took a recent survey said they would consider riding a free shuttle to the ferry terminal. The majority of positive responses came from passengers living in Ross Valley in Fairfax, San Anselmo, Ross, Kentfield, and Greenbrae.
District officials said the schedule will be closely monitored and may be adjusted to ensure shuttles meet ferry departures on time.
This bus is part of the district’s ferry vision plan the district board adopted in May 2013. Officials recently added an additional 7:30 a.m. ferry departure from Larkspur and have started doing public outreach regarding charging for parking (anywhere from $2 to $5) at the Larkspur Terminal as early as January 2014.