Bus Routes 40 and 42 to merge and create a new
Route 580 as a nine-month demonstration project. Route
580 will provide service from Emeryville,
Berkeley and Albany
to San Rafael during commute hours and start
Serving some big employment centers in Marin County
including the expanding BioMarin facility at the San Rafael Corporate
Will operate during weekday commute periods
only, every 30 minutes, with service on five westbound
trips in the morning and five eastbound trips in the afternoon.
Route 580 is estimated to carry 220 passengers
per day, or an average of 22 passengers per
trip. The route will operate along Hollis Street, Ashby Avenue, San Pablo
Avenue and Buchanan Street through Emeryville, Berkeley and Albany.
Route 580 will be similar to Route 40 in Marin County,
but it will also serve the portion of Andersen Drive
previously served by Route 42.
Routes 40 & 42 operate between San
Rafael Transit Center and El Cerrito del
Norte BART Station as a single
combined service. Route 40 provides faster service with direct regional
connections, while Route 42 provides slower service with additional local
Service on Route 40 began in March 1993, with service
significantly expanded within Richmond in September 2001. The expanded
service was later designated as Route 42 in June 2002. But the larger
coverage area within Richmond never
developed strong ridership.
Routes 40 and 42 combined currently provide 53 trips per
weekday and 32 trips on weekend days. The new Route 40 schedule will
provide 55 trips per weekday and 32 trips per weekend day.