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MTC: TRANSIT AGENCIES CELEBRATE KICK-OFF OF MARIN/EAST BAY BUS SERVICE

 OAKLAND, Calif., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) issued the following today:
 What happens when East meets West? It's time to celebrate the inauguration of Marin/East Bay bus service -- Golden Gate Transit Route 40 -- across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, which begins regular service on March 7. Operated by Golden Gate Transit, the service will connect Marin County riders with BART, AC Transit and the Amtrak Capitols train service in the East Bay.
 On March 5, Golden Gate Transit officials, led by Board President James Harberson and Boardmember Al Boro, and guests from Marin County will kick off the long-awaited service by boarding the inaugural bus at 8:30 a.m. at the Golden Gate Bus Transit Division, 1011 Andersen Dr., in San Rafael. In the East Bay, they will be welcomed by a delegation of BART, AC Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Caltrans officials and guests at 9 a.m. at BART's El Cerrito Del Norte Station. MTC Commissioner and Larkspur City Councilmember Karen Kunze will emcee the event, assisted by MTC Commissioner Tom Powers, a Contra Costa County supervisor and MTC Commissioner Sharon Brown, a San Pablo city councilmember. AC Transit Boardmember Ruth Ganong and BART Board President Nello Bianco also will take part in the ceremony.
 In late January, MTC approved funding for the service, until now a missing link in the region's public transit system. Buses will operate between the El Cerrito Del Norte BART Station in the East Bay and the San Rafael Transportation Center at Heatherton Street in downtown San Rafael seven days a week. During weekday commuter hours, the route will extend north to the park-and-ride lot at Smith Ranch Road and Highway 101. In the East Bay, selected runs will stop at the Richmond BART Station, where passengers can transfer to Amtrak's Capitols train service to Sacramento or to San Joaquin service to the Central Valley. Buses will operate between 5:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, with approximately 30-minute headways during morning and evening commute periods and approximately 90-minute headways midday. Weekend and holiday service will run every 90 minutes from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The one-way cash fare between the East Bay and Central Marin is $2 for adults, $1.50 for youths and $1 for senior citizens and disabled riders.
 The service is intended to continue for three years as a demonstration project operated by Golden Gate Transit, in cooperation with BART, AC Transit, Caltrans and MTC. It is one of 20 projects included in the Bay Area's Joint Urban Mobility Program, or JUMP Start, a series of relatively low-cost, operations-oriented projects designed to ease congestion and improve air quality.
 MTC is the transportation planning and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Reporters are invited to ride the inaugural bus at 8:30 a.m. and/or attend the El Cerrito Del Norte BART Station event at 9 a.m. Contact Golden Gate Transit Public Information Officer Mary Currie at 415-257-4548, for details about the bus trip./
 /CONTACT: Susan Terry of MTC, 510-464-7785; or Mary C. Currie, public information officer of Golden Gate Transit, 415-257-4548/


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