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Public Hearing on New San Rafael Transit Center Tuesday

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District on Tuesday is holding its first public hearing on a proposed new transit center in San Rafael.

The present center, the San Rafael Transit Center, is a hub for Marin County and connects bus, airporter, taxi, and rail services with transfer points to San Francisco, Contra Costa and Sonoma counties.

It currently provides a 17-bay bus center and a connection point with over 500 buses for people to step on or off 9,000 times daily.

The transit center needs to be relocated to another area of downtown San Rafael because the tracks of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system to Larkspur bisect the site.

The bridge district, which owns the transit center, along with the city of San Rafael, Marin Transit, SMART and the Transportation Authority of Marin County recently finished a relocation study that includes the addition of the SMART train from Sonoma County to Larkspur.

The study proposed and analyzed near and long-term solutions for the location and operation of the center.

The completion of the final environmental impact report and preliminary design are expected in the Spring of 2020.

The public hearing is 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Whistlestop at 930 Tamalpais Ave. in San Rafael.

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