The SMART Train is expected to begin revenue service between San Rafael and Santa Rosa in 2016 and the adjoining pathway is opening in stages as segments are completed.
The SMART Board has purchased railcars and construction of the initial operating segment is well along. Railcars are being assembled at a plant in Illinois, and the first train-set is expected to arrive for testing by the summer of 2014. An operating agreement is in effect with the North Coast Railroad Authority governing compatibility of freight and passenger services, and providing for freight operations during track reconstruction. Land has been acquired for an operations and maintenance facility near Airport Road in Sonoma County, and planning has begun to assure seamless connections between bus, train, & ferry services.
The rail right-of-way and highway grade crossings between Santa Rosa and Petaluma have been largely rebuilt to permit passenger trains to operate at speeds up to 79 MPH. During 2014 SMART plans to replace the Haystack Landing Bridge over the Petaluma River and to complete track reconstruction south of Petaluma. The first train-set is expected to arrive and begin test operations in mid-2014.
Measure Q and SMART Funding:
Funding for the project—a 1/4-cent sales tax in Marin & Sonoma counties—was approved by the voters in the November 2008 election. The recession that set in shortly afterward significantly reduced the tax receipts that were expected to fund the full 70-mile project within the initial time frame. Nevertheless much has been accomplished—beginning with the 35-mile initial operating segment from Windsor to San Rafael. Efforts are underway to obtain grants and other funding to complete the full route from Santa Rosa to Cloverdale (about 30 miles) and from San Rafael to Larkspur.
Preliminary schedules call for weekday south-bound service at half-hour intervals. Seven trains will operate southbound each day, and four northbound. Stations will be in the cities of Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Windsor, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, and Larkspur. The train is coming to town!
Friends of SMART is working to assure that rail service is as customer-oriented and efficient as possible, by enabling citizens to stay abreast of the fiscal, structural, environmental, property and other issues that underlie the SMART rail and pathway project.
You are welcome to attend our monthly business meetings. Your time, talents, insights, and experience can help SMART succeed!
For information call Friends of SMART at:
- (707) 527-5633 or
- (707) 527-5633 or
- (707) 576-6632 or
- (707) 576-6632