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Free Shuttle Will Take Ross Valley Ferry Riders to Larkspur Terminal

Golden Gate Transit officials hope the nine-month trial project, set to start on Tuesday, Sept. 3, will alleviate parking issues at the Larkspur ferry terminal parking lot, which reaches capacity by 8:30 a.m. on weekdays.

A rendering of what the free shuttle from Ross Valley to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal will look like. The shuttle, called "The Wave," begins on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
A rendering of what the free shuttle from Ross Valley to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal will look like. The shuttle, called "The Wave," begins on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

 

 

Ross Valley commuters who take the ferry to San Francisco will soon have a free way to get to the boat.

A Larkspur ferry shuttle, running from Fairfax along Sir Francis Drake Blvd. to the Larkspur ferry terminal, is set to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 3

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.

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 will serve 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 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.

 

 

Would you ride the free shuttle to the ferry? Tell us in the Comments!

John Ferguson August 19, 2013 at 06:49 PM
How will they determine if riders are using the ferry after departing the shuttle and charge them, or is it on the honor system?
David Edmondson August 19, 2013 at 07:18 PM
@John - Probably the bus fare will be deducted in its entirety from the ferry fare.
Pim Brouwer August 20, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Love to take it!
Elvis August 20, 2013 at 04:11 PM
it is amazing that there are no buses from san rafael to the ferry terminal that are aligned with the ferry schedules. (the 29 which travels through the canal neighborhood and takes over 30 mins. to get near the ferry terminal and is not in synch with the boat schedule) at least this new route is a good step in that direction. basically once the parking lot fills up it makes it really hard to ride the ferry unless you get a ride from somebody.
A August 20, 2013 at 09:04 PM
John, it will probably differ based on if the person is paying cash or Clipper card. Either way, I wouldn't worry about it as they always work these things out. The main thing is that we have a free shuttle back. I haven't seen a free ferry shuttle since the 5 route from Mill Valley to the Sausalito Ferry in like 1999. Also, finally, it sounds like these will be matched up with Ferry arrival times so people aren't all standing out there in the freezing rain in the winter for an hour waiting for a "connecting" bus. *Applause*. And they wonder why the parking has been so crowded? Because no one wants to walk all the way over to the Marin Mart Mall and wait for an hour by the Sir Francis Drake stop just to get to San Anselmo or Fairfax. Just make the bus and ferry synch up again like they used to for years, please. That will solve a lot of the parking issues.
Julie Beach August 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM
as usual, the GGT leadership is whacky. It's not rocket science to figure out a schedule. On the return shuttles will come back to Larkspur for the 4:05pm and the 6:55pm? who ends work as early as 4 and only the people who are working late take the 7pm. The majority are stranded-those who leave between about 5pm and 6pm. So, all of those can't even take the shuttle in the Ross Valley. I predict they will discontinue this "service" right away for low ridership like they did the original ferry shuttles in the 90's
A August 21, 2013 at 01:07 AM
I think the 4pm is geared towards the financial district crowd - I think some of them do get off work around 4pm.
Elvis August 21, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Julie, it says the "ferries that arrive between 4:05p and 6:55p" meaning all the boats in between those times. Also the stock exchange closes at 4p EASTERN and many others in the financial district do get off work before 4p.
Ed Cass September 24, 2013 at 09:44 AM
Great, yet another way to get to SF if you can leave between 6 and 7am. That's just wonderful for everyone that doesn't have to drop their kids off at school between 8 and 9am. Thanks GGT for yet another option for me not to avail myself of. Wait, didn't you have a free shuttle to the ferry back in 2001? What happened to that? Oh yes. No one rode it because it wasn't flexible enough for anything but the most regimented person's schedule. Great, now you're going to waste money on shuttle that gets people to the ferry building while there is still parking... a shuttle that goes past bus stations where there is no parking. So this is perfect for people that have no kids, never have to work late, and live within walking distance of Sir Francis Drake. Way to serve commuters GGT. (facepalm)

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