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Mon Jul 9, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hey Kurt!

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Mon May 21, 2012
Carol Munson answered:
You would have to take Golden Gate transit routes 40/42 which runs through Richmond to the San Rafel transit center and transfer buses . Route 40 is an express version of route 42 and operates peak weekday periods only. Then you would have to transfer to a Marin Transit Bus #22 to Corte Madera.

Copy and paste this link below:

Scroll down the page to where it says Serving the East Bay. Click on that to get the schedule.

After viewing, hit the back button to get back to the opening page and scroll down to the section that says See Also. Click on Marin Transit and then click on Route #22 to see the schedule.

Good luck!
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Mon Jan 16, 2012
Amy E Glaser answered:
Hi Sue,
I also live along Hwy 1 in Tam Valley and those of us who live here have ways of getting around without competing with Stinson, Muir Woods/Beach, Mt. Tam traffic. But, I hesitate going public with our tricks ... this is the Internet after all. Please feel free to contact me privately, ... more
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Tue Sep 13, 2011
Sunnyview answered:
I would suggest asking this question on the Marin City-Data forum and seeing if you can look up the point to point commute information on a site like Walk Score

I have had really good luck on the city data forum for street level commute information in getting replies from people who have experience driving from different a communities at different times. Hope it helps.
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Mon Jun 23, 2014
Barbara Major answered:
They are all pretty good, but at this point in time, definitely all full for next year. However, Marin Day, in my opinion, the campus on Lomita, is by far and away the best. I know them all, having referrred several of my home buying clients to this school, as well as both of my grandchildren each havinng gone there 3 years. If you live in Mill Valley already, go visit the campous, see Nancy the director, she is great, and see if you can register for next year. Sometimes, they will have afternoon slots available and from there you can slip into the morning slots.Just email me back with questions,I know all about the preschools. ... more
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Thu Aug 4, 2011
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:

Takes a little to get familiar with the area and get established, but work hard and work smart as always, you will make a great living.

Good Luck!
Sylvia Barry
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Wed Jul 21, 2010
Liz Williamson Williamson answered:
Yes, if you exit the hotel, go left and head underneath the freeway, you will see a bus stop. The Manzanita Bust Stop, is also for The Airporter. You will also see a parking lot, this is a major stop for commuters working in The City. The front desk too can give you maps and directions. Also if you google Golden Gate Transit, you can plug in where you want to go in The City and it will give you the bus numbers and stops you need to take to get to your distination.
Good Luck
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Tue Mar 26, 2013
Liz McCarthy answered:
You can get to SF from Sausailto in 5 minutes.

Basically you won't have any traffic into the city and over the bridge off commute hours and you may have a bit of bridge back-up during commute times, but minimal. (although because of Doyle drive construction it is worse now than it's been in the past).

Your main commute time will be once you are in SF, but Union Square is "easy" as compared to other places in SF that are across the city.

I would estimate at the shortest (no traffic 15 minutes), at the longest , worse case scenerio 45 minutes (which would have to be really bad). I'd say your average time would be about 20-25.

Hope that helps!

Liz McCarthy, Marin Real Estate Broker
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Sat Mar 6, 2010
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
I have to be the first one to admit that Novato does not have a stella reputation public transport wise.

However, on the bright side, we do have Golden Gate Transit

that runs through Novato and brings Novatans to the city (San Francisco), Sonoma and other counties - routes 51, 52, 54, 56, 58, 70, 71, etc. all runs through Novato

You really have to keep an eye out for the schedule though.

My husband likes to take the bus to Larkspur Ferry to the city.

There are airporters that bring commuters to San Francisco airports.

Sylvia Barry MAS, ePRO
Frank Howard Allen Realtors
(#1 Market Share in Novato and Marin)
(415) 717-0293
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Tue Jun 21, 2011
Tristan Celayeta answered:
Hey Dryfly,

Years ago I was a tenant in Laguna Beach. My landlord commuted to Santa Monica. Personally I thought he was mad but...

I live in Mill Valley and my wife commutes to the financial district daily. She takes a commuter bus and it's about 3/4 hour travel time on each leg. Add that together with your experience.

There are many definitions of crazy. You're not crazy for appreciating the attractions of Marin - I do too.
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Fri Sep 25, 2009
Tristan Celayeta answered:

Use your favorite search engine using the phrase "Sausalito: Doyle Drive construction project" and you'll get a passle of informative links. Go beyond the first page of returns, note that even your query is included. ... more
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Fri Jan 31, 2014
Tristan Celayeta answered:
Hey nowheels,

You've my heartfelt sympathy.

The link below will take you to Marin Transit. Go to the contact page, call the information number, (415) 226-0855. and request guidance from address #1 to #2.

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Thu Apr 30, 2009
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Nickdan4th:

You can check the Golden Gate Transit site

There are a few routes between San Rafael and Novato - to San Marin/Novato, Hamilton/Ignacio or the ones past Novato, such as to Santa Rosa which has stops in Novato.

I believe if you call the Golden Gate Transit, they will send you a schedule which you can carry in case you need to take bus to different places.

Hope this helps some.

Sylvia Barry
Marin Realtor
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Fri Aug 1, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Kevin:

Depending on when you go, of course.

However, assuming you are going at the normal work hour (Is there any more Normal work hour in this Internet age?), you will be looking at not much traffic from Mill Valley down to the Golden Gate Bridge. You will, of course, get a fast track pass for the Golden Gate Bridge so you can get a $1.00 discount from the toll and then use the fast track lanes.

You will then hit traffic on 19th street, but most of the lights are timed and there is no left turns there, so the traffic will be slow but steady.

After you pass 19th, the route to South S.F., whether by highway 1 or 280 are both clear.

So, I'd count 30 to 45 minutes to South S.F. during work hour.

But E. Blithedale and Sir Francis Drake can be tough also.

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Mon Nov 5, 2007
Carol Andres Baer, Realtor® answered:
Yes. You can take Golden Gate Transit route 17 to San Rafael and then take route 49 to the Civic Center.
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Fri Nov 9, 2007
Dave Rivera & Sheila Small answered:
Hi Susan,
If you live in Marin, you would cross the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge to I80, then I would take 80 east to Hwy 4, then 680 to Pleasant Hill. I'm guessing it would take about an hour, depending on where in Marin you live and where in PH he works. That doesn't include commute traffic, if you travel at peak times. So, basically only you and your husband can answer this; what is your tolerance for commuting? Also, what about Marin do you like, and is it possible to find those qualities in another, more convenient area such as
Lamorinda (Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda). There are areas in Orinda that remind my clients of Marin, and it is
a quick 15 minutes to Pleasant Hill driving, or just 3 stops on BART.
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Sun Jul 15, 2007
Artur Urbanski answered:
Lucey, you would need to go by your own car, share a ride or take a bus. Regarding the Golden Gate bridge, you can bypass it by taking a ferry from Tiburon or Sausalito. 101 between Marin and Novato is quite congested during peak hours and on selected hours on weekends. ... more
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Thu Jan 24, 2013
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
With Tiburon Blvd. being the main way into and out of the city and to highway 101, it can get pretty slow, especially on weekends. Traffic has gotten worse over the years, but if you ask any resident, it's more than worth the it for the benefits of living there. ... more
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Fri Jul 17, 2009
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
Golden Gate Transit is the only real public transportation, with regular service out to the highway and on into San Francisco. As for a car, with so many homes on the hills, it would be difficult to live without a car. ... more
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Thu Aug 9, 2012
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
Yes, there are some hot spots. Downtown San Rafael has been getting more crowded lately, with the two principal one-way roads (commuting paths from West Marin, 2nd and 3rd St) often getting congested, especially as they near the highway, forcing people to take side roads, further complicating things. We are also in the midst of a highways expansion right where one gets on the highway from the center of town. Outside the center there is very little impact from traffic. The only other area is the commuting choke point near the County Civic Center just north of downtown. When the highway upgrade is completed there is hope this will be solved. ... more
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