Sonoma County Transit recently introduced its “50-Series” routes that provide for coordinated transfer trips from various parts of the County to SMART stations located at Airport Blvd, Rohnert Park, Cotati and Petaluma.
Route 52 is designed to receive transfers in downtown Sebastopol from the eastbound Route 20 that serves passengers with trip origins in Monte Rio, Guerneville, Rio Nido, Forestville and Graton. Route 52 operates along the Highway 116 corridor between downtown Sebastopol and the Cotati Hub (downtown Cotati), serving East Cotati Avenue, the Cotati Depot (SMART station), Sonoma Mountain Village and Sonoma State University – the route’s eastern terminus. Bi-directional service to connect commuters from the Sebastopol end or the SSU/Rohnert Park end of the route are provided during morning and afternoon commute periods with connections to both northbound and southbound SMART trains at the Cotati Depot.
Route 53 provides a morning commute trip that departs the Sonoma Plaza, then serves Temelec before travelling west to Petaluma via Adobe, Frates and Lakeville Roads to the Petaluma SMART depot at Washington and Lakeville Streets. The depot is adjacent to the Petaluma Transit Mall located on Copeland Street between “D” Street and Washington. The morning westbound trip meets the southbound SMART train departing at 7:55am.
During the afternoon commute period, two eastbound Route 53 trips will meet northbound SMART trains arriving at 4:30 and 6:00pm for a return trip to Sonoma. Passengers traveling beyond the Sonoma Plaza can transfer to the westbound Route 38 departing the Plaza at 7:05pm.
Route 54 follows the Route 44/48 alignment as it begins its southbound trip at Coddingtown, serving Range Avenue, the County Center, Mendocino Avenue and Santa Rosa Avenue to Robert’s Lake Road in Rohnert Park. At Robert’s Lake and Golf Course Drive, the route proceeds east on Golf Course to Country Club Drive to Rohnert Park Expressway. From the Expressway, the route proceeds west to the SMART track crossing, the location of the Rohnert Park SMART station. The first segment of the route is designed to provide riders boarding south along Santa Rosa Avenue and the Golf Course/County Club Drive areas access to their nearest SMART station – Rohnert Park.
After the Rohnert Park station, Route 54 continues south to serve the Cotati Hub, Old Redwood Highway, Petaluma Hill Road, North Petaluma Blvd., East Washington Street and finally the Petaluma SMART station/Transit Mall. This, second segment of Route 54, is designed to provide a connection to SMART for passengers boarding south of Cotati.
Route 54 will make two trips during the morning commute period to connect with southbound SMART trains in Rohnert Park and in Petaluma. Two northbound trips will operate during the afternoon commute period receiving passengers from northbound trains at the Petaluma Station and at the Rohnert Park Station.
Route 55 is designed to provide passengers arriving at the Airport Blvd. SMART Station quick and efficient “last-mile” service between SMART and most work locations within the Airport Business Park, as well as, the Sonoma County Airport terminal.
Three trips will be provided during the morning commute period that meet three northbound trains arriving at 7:06, 7:36 and 8:06am. In the afternoon, two trips will coordinate with two southbound trains departing at 5:19 and 5:49pm.
Route 56 serves Depots and Park & Ride lots in Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Windsor and provides express bus service between these facilities and the nearest SMART Station – Airport Blvd.
During the morning commute period, two southbound trips will be provided with arrivals at the Airport Blvd. SMART Station prior to 6:19 and 7:19am train departures. During the afternoon commute period, two trips will be provided that depart following northbound train arrivals at 5:36 and 6:36pm.
On weekends, Route 56 will provide two southbound trips arriving prior to SMART’s 10:13am and 12:13pm southbound departure times and two northbound trips following SMART’s northbound arrivals at 4:02 and 6:02pm.
Unlike the other 50 series routes, the Route 56 is subsidized by SMART and is provided in lieu of rail service until SMART service extends north. In addition to its subsidy, SMART will cover the fares for Route 56 passengers who use the regional Clipper Card and continue to/from Route 56 and SMART. Passengers using Route 56, but not transferring to/from SMART, can either use their Sonoma County Transit pass or pay the appropriate cash fare.
Route 57 provides “last-mile” connections from north Santa Rosa’s Guerneville Road SMART Station for commuters traveling to Kaiser Hospital (Bicentennial Way bus stop) or the County Center. During the morning commute period, two trips will be provided to meet northbound trains arriving at 7:29 and 7:59am. The second trip, meeting the 7:59am train arrival, will also serve the Santa Rosa Junior College.
In the afternoon, two trips will meet southbound train departures at 5:26 and 5:56pm. The trip that meets the 5:26pm train will serve the SRJC, in addition to, the County Center and Kaiser.