Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A trip from Berkeley to San Rafael, via a new Golden Gate Transit bus route: 15 December 2015

I read an interesting news article recently. 
A summary: Starting immediately, Golden Gate Transit the Marin County Public Transit entity, is inaugurating Bus Route 580, a new nine-month commuter bus service between Berkeley and San Rafael. 
This past Tuesday I took the 8:13 am bus to San Rafael from Berkeley. Bus Route 580 is only active during commuter hours, and I decided that I would find a different way to get back to Berkeley. 
Here was my plan: I would return to Berkeley by walking from San Rafael to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and then take a ferry from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. After which, there is a very short walk to the Embarcadero BART station. I will then disembark at the North Berkeley BART Station, and walk home.
Here are some downsides to this fabulous bus route: 1. Bus Route 580 has been funded for only nine months after which there will be an evaluation to determine if it is feasible to continue the service. 2. Bus Route 580 is only active on weekdays during commute hours. 3. There is no weekend service.

UPDATE: The bus route has been canceled due to a lack of a sufficient number of riders to make the route financially viable. Too bad.

The approximate distance traveled was 6.5 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 629 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered in this ramble. Click on the image to see the full-size graph.

The photos shown below are in the sequential order in which they were taken.
San Pablo Avenue in Berkekey. There is a new small sign to the left of the larger Alameda County Transit sign. The small sign signifies that this location is also a bus stop for Golden Gate Transit Bus Route 580. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
On a Golden Gate Transit Bus traveling to San Rafael in Marin County. Mount Tamalpais is visible in the background. The current location is on Interstate Route 580, moving through Richmond. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
4th Avenue in downtown San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
On 4th Avenue, San Rafael. Arizmendi Bakery is located in this residential building. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Church of Saint Rafael. This beautiful church is located at 1104 Fifth Avenue, in downtown San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
On 4th Avenue, San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Youth in Arts is located at 917 "C" Street, San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The Panama Hotel and Restaurant is located at 4 Bayview Street, San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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This is the start of a climb up to Brett Harte Road. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of central San Rafael. San Rafael Hill is in the background. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Beautiful Mount Tamalpais. A segment of Corte Madera Creek is visible. The view is looking southwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
San Pedro Mountain is visible in this photo. A view of US 101 can be seen as it passes through San Rafael. The view is looking northeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This view is looking southwest. Some notable sights are visible: San Quentin Prison, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. The Larkspur Ferry Terminal is my destination on this ramble. The Ferry Terminal can be seen in the bottom right of this photo with its parking lot full of cars. The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is visible at the far left. San Quentin State Prison is visible at sea level adjacent to San Francisco Bay, just up from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. The view is looking southeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
US 101 is visible in the lower portion of this photograph. A portion of San Pedro Mountain is on the upper left, with China Camp State Park jutting out into San Francisco Bay. The view is looking northeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Mount Tamalpais. This is a view of the mountain as seen from Greenbrae. The view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This is a view of the US Route101 interchange above Corte Madera Creek. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
I reached the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, my destination for the day. The ferry "San Francisco" is receiving maintenance work. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The MV Napa, a catamaran ferry operated by Golden Gate Ferry is now arriving at the ferry terminal, from San Francisco. Shorty after it discharges passengers, it will turn around and go back to the San Francisco Ferry Building. San Quentin State Prison is visible in the background. The view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The MV Napa slowly moves to the loading/discharging platform. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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