- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Transportation officials are testing a new bus service that will give San Francisco Bay Area commuters an alternative to crossing the congested Richmond-San Rafael Bridge by car.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://sfg.ly/1IPQhps ) that the new bus route operated by Golden Gate Transit begins serving commuters traveling between East Bay and Marin on Monday.

Officials will be testing what they call Route 580 for the next nine months. The bus is intended to supplement a rail line between Bay Area Rapid Transit’s El Cerrito del Norte station and San Rafael.

Golden Gate Transit spokeswoman Priya Clemens says the bus ride might not be much faster than commuting by car, but will be less expensive. She says commuters can also use the free Wi-Fi or nap during the drive.

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