The San Rafael Transit Center, also known as the C. Paul Bettini Transportation Center, is located at the corner of 3rd Street and Hetherton Street and is served by multiple local, regional and paratransit bus options including: Golden Gate Transit (serving Marin, Contra Costa, Sonoma, and San Francisco Counties); Marin Transit (provides local bus services throughout all of Marin and San Rafael, including Marin Transit Shuttle Route 233 and West Marin Stagecoach Route 68), Marin Access (provides a variety of transit services and programs for Marin’s older adults, persons with disabilities and low-income residents, including Paratransit services); Sonoma County Transit ( serving the Sonoma Valley–Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Agua Caliente, Sonoma, and Schellville–from San Rafael); Greyhound (serving areas in Northern California); Marin Airporter (providing service at the San Francisco International Airport from Marin County), and Airport Express (serving the Oakland International Airport, as stopover for Marin County, traveling to Sonoma County).
The San Rafael Transit Center provides a convenient transfer point for passengers traveling from San Rafael to the rest of Marin County and throughout the Bay Area, and that’s because most of the Marin and Golden Gate Transit’s routes meet at this location.
By the end of 2016, brand new, clean diesel SMART trains will run from Santa Rosa to San Rafael at a speed of 70 miles per hour. The service will allow passengers to get out of the car on Highway 101 and still get where they need to go.
The commuter train service to the Santa Rosa Airport begun operations this year, and the extension to the south to Larkspur is expected to be completed by 2018.
The major north-south freeway through San Rafael is U.S. Route 101, connecting the North Coast and the Redwood Empire to the North, and San Francisco to the South. Interstate 580 heads across the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge to the East Bay. Local bus service is provided mainly, by Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit.
San Rafael has miles of beautiful streets and trails, such as the Marin Open Space, which is a great place to explore on foot or on wheels. China Camp State Park offers multiple trails for biking and hiking.
The Golden Gate Ferries provide ferry service between Larkspur, Sausalito and San Francisco. San Rafael Safe Routes to Schools programs (SRTS) are designed to increase the health of children and the community in general, by decreasing traffic and pollution. The goal of the program is promoting walking and biking to school through education and multiple incentives.
The county is the pioneer of the national Safe Routes to Schools program that has spread across the United States.
Marin Transit provides local bus routes and supplemental transit services to various schools within the Marin County.
Every week, Marin Sanitary Service (MSS) provides residential and commercial waste collection, street sweeping, and recyclables pick-up services.
The Marin Recycling Center (MRC) accepts and processes collected recyclables such as glass bottles and jars, aluminum and tin cans, plastic containers #1-7, waste papers, and cardboard. The center also offers community education through its Environmental Classroom.
The Marin Resource Recovery Center (MRRC) accepts and processes non-hazardous materials and offers debris box rental.
The Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility (MHHWF) accepts hazardous materials from residents and businesses in Marin County.
Zero Waste Marin reduces and recycles residents and businesses solid waste, and safely disposes hazardous materials. The company provides information on household hazardous waste collection, recycling, composting and waste disposal, while educating the citizens and businesses of the county. Residents are allowed to take unwanted junk, furniture, mattresses, or any garbage to one of the following places (there are fees for dropping off materials):
MARIN RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTER
565 Jacoby Street, San Rafael
Off Anderson and Bellam
Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 9am-4pm
8950 Redwood Hwy, Novato
Just off 101 north of Novato
Monday-Friday 7am-3pm, Saturday 8am-3:30pm
Marin Clean Energy offers services to residents and businesses in the Counties of Marin and Napa, and the Cities of Richmond, Benicia, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, and Lafayette; and they can now choose how much renewable energy is in their electric service.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), incorporated in California in 1905, provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 16 million people in northern and central California. Telephone and Internet providers in San Rafael include: Sonic, AT&T and Comcast.