The 101 Bus Pocket Guide

Get around the GGT system like you own the place with a printable version of the Highway 101 Bus Map, because transit service shouldn't be hidden away in a black box.

By popular demand, I’ve reworked the Highway 101 Strip Map into a printable version and added a timetable. Print this out (pdf) and stick in on your wall, shove it in your (man) purse, or gloat to friends that you actually know where you’re going. Because you deserve it. If you’re a bus driver, defy your superiors and put this on display where passengers can see it when doing a 101 run. Seriously, they’ll thank you.

The timetable, also available in Excel here so you can rejigger/resize it as you please, gives how to get from A to B along the 101 corridor. Choose your start on the left and look over until you hit the proper destination. It shows which routes take you there and how often to expect a bus. Not only is it useful for travelling the system, it lays bare the overlapping frequencies. You don't need to know that the next Route 70 bus leaves; you need to know when the next bus for Marin City leaves, and that could be one of a half-dozen routes.

Guides like this one are extremely useful for complicated, but important, pieces of transit infrastructure. Combining all the routes together to form a single bus system from top to bottom is what makes 101 the trunk line that it is. Leaving it unmapped, as GGT and Marin Transit have done, simply hides from the public how much transit is actually available to use. Transit doesn't do anyone any good when hidden in a box.

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Nicole Ely November 14, 2012 at 06:31 PM
This is really cool an useful. Thanks for this.
John Ferguson November 14, 2012 at 06:57 PM
If you have a smart phone, you could just get the 511 transit application and tell it where you want to go: http://511.org/apps-transit.asp
David Edmondson November 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Google Maps works, too, but I wanted to design a diagram specifically because sometimes we need a broader picture. It's the difference between having a GPS unit and having a street map. The first will probably get you where you're going, but the second gives you redundancy. Especially on a bus system without real-time arrival information, it's good to know alternatives in case the bus you're supposed to take doesn't show up.
Tina McMillan November 15, 2012 at 08:40 AM
Thank you!


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