Commuting from East Bay -
Richmond bus and Driving Incentives:
For affordable housing
we need to subsidize monthly rental from around $1,500 to around $700
per month. For 1000 homes that's $800 x 12 x 1000 =
$9.6 million PER YEAR!!!
How do we get 1000 to commute from East Bay instead?
Well first WE HAVE TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
1. All jobs at the medium and lower level could be advertised in North
East-Bay papers, paid for by Marin Governments and businesses. In
addition Bus schedule and Free Travel offers would be advertised.
2 . The bus route extended to continue to other parts of Marin beyond San
3 . To accomodate 1000 commuters during 1 1/2 hour peak period; a
bus leaves every 5 minutes
4 . Every other bus does an
express route stopping only at the
most used stops
5. To offer an easier commute for those employed further from the bus
stop and also encourage biking:- all buses could have
around 1/3 of their seating removed to make room for bikes.
6. For East Bay, Marin-working drivers, of lower income, commuting over
the bridge:- Not only a Free bridge pass but gas mileage rebates.
And the cost of all this?
Still MILLIONS of $s LESS THAN SUBSIDIZING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Only 4 buses at commute times and from BART
Parking Lots (that are already fully occupied) !
Why are we not catering to residents of Richmond ? -- with a COMMUTE
TIME Bus Service of every 5 minutes !
Eliminate the 19 bus routes outside of Peak and employ bus drivers that
have 2 jobs. Give them a job between driving from El Cerrito to SR and
driving back from SR to El Cerrito ! (This will not be a problem with Autonomous Buses)
Yes ! THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX ! GET THOSE jobs
advertised in Richmond!
||Jun 6 2016:
Golden Gate Bridge District officials are moving to end efforts
to expand transit service from Marin County to three East Bay cities
after too few passengers took part in a pilot bus project over the
Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
The district’s board of directors plans to vote Friday to
eliminate its new Route 580 line
after spending more than a half-million dollars to link commuters
between San Rafael and
and Albany. The district’s Transportation
Committee voted Thursday to
kill the project because the line averaged
only two people per trip.
To make the bus line permanent, the district
needed 20 passengers per trip.
The agency launched the pilot bus project in December
because many customers said they wanted more service between the two
To get people to ride the new service, which linked
bus routes 40 and 42, the district
spent $100,000 on a
marketing campaign involving posters at BART stations and a
billboard on Interstate 580. Despite initial customer interest and the
agency’s attempts to get people to take the bus line, Route 580 never
caught on. “The stops don’t work for many customers,” Clemens said. “The
bus at this point doesn’t represent any time savings for most drivers.”
Traffic on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge gets jammed
up during commute hours and the bus offered little help, she said.
Riders also complained that Route 580 did not connect with any BART
The pilot project, five westbound morning trips and
five eastbound afternoon commute trips, was set for nine months and will
most likely end on Sept. 12.
Much of the $550,000 used to operate the service and
the money to market the project were
Regional Measure 2 funds administered by the Metropolitan
“We do need to experiment sometimes,” MTC spokesman
John Goodwin said in an interview. “It was a short-lived pilot program
and now it’s back to the drawing board.”
To that end, Golden Gate Transit officials are
considering whether to add service along its Route
40 line between San Rafael and BART’s El Cerrito Del Norte
station, Clemens said.
Construction is set to begin later this year to add a
third eastbound lane on I-580 on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge,
according to Goodwin. MTC and Caltrans planners are also considering
making the bridge’s toll system all-electronic, like the Golden Gate
“The transit puzzle between the East Bay and Marin is
a little bit tricky,” Goodwin said. “Over time we’ll look at various
combinations and see if we can find something in conjunction with Golden
Gate that will serve a greater number of passengers more conveniently.”