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General Manager's August/September 2018 Report
Read our latest General Manager's Report to learn about SMART's latest activities regarding passenger service, construction projects, and other activities.
Join SMART in Promoting Rail Safety
September is Rail Safety Month in California, and National Rail Safety Week is September 23-29, when railroads across the country reinforce the need to stay alert and encourage safe behavior near trains, tracks and at railroad crossings.
Service Advisory: Weekend/Holiday Schedule for Labor Day
In observation of Labor Day, SMART will be operating on its weekend/holiday schedule on Monday, September 3.
SMART gets ready to celebrate its first year of service with festival and free train service
After carrying nearly 700,000 passengers since opening its doors, the SMART train is celebrating its first year of service with a free festival in the North Bay and free train service on the weekend of the event.
SMART Advisory: Overnight Track Maintenance Work
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) will be conducting overnight track maintenance work during the next three weeks. SMART crews will be working in the following areas:
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Celebrate with us at SMART Fest! Train service will be FREE August 18 &19.
After carrying more than 630,000 passengers since opening its doors, the SMART train is celebrating its first year of service with a free festival in the North Bay and free train service on the weekend of the event.
July 2018 General Manager's Report
Read our latest General Manager's Report to learn about SMART's latest activities regarding passenger service, Larkspur rail extension, and multiuse pathway.
SMART Receives Transit/Rail Project of the Year Award
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District received top honors as Transit/Rail Project of the Year from the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) during an awards ceremony held May 24, 2018 in Orange County. The award recognizes excellence in California transportation projects in 2017. SMART was selected from a field of seven statewide nominees.
Construction Update: Francisco Blvd. West Road Closure
Construction Update: Beginning July 5, Francisco Boulevard West will be closed between 2nd Street and Rice Street through the end of 2018.
Road Closure Notice: Andersen Drive
Beginning on Monday, February 26, Andersen Drive in San Rafael will be closed from Du Bois St. to Francisco Blvd. to facilitate the construction of the Andersen Drive railroad crossing, as a part of SMART's construction of the Larkspur rail extension. Andersen Drive will be closed for approximately 3 months, with the road being closed 24/7. Access to local businesses will be maintained off of Du Bois St. For more information, please call SMART's Outreach Hotline at (707) 794-3077.
June 2018 General Manager's Report
Read our latest General Manager's Report to learn about SMART's latest activities regarding passenger service, Larkspur rail extension, and multiuse pathway.
Collage of pathway ribbon cutting photos
Novato Bicycle-Pedestrian Pathway Ribbon Cutting
Join us on Saturday, June 23, at 9 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of SMART’s bicycle and pedestrian pathway adjacent to the Novato San Marin Station in Novato.
Community Meeting on Larkspur Extension Work in San Rafael
Join us Tuesday, June 12 from 7-8 p.m. at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., to learn more about construction and road closures in San Rafael related to the Larkspur extension work. See you there.
SMART trains delayed
Vehicle struck by train, bus bridge is in place.
May 2018 General Manager's Report
Read our latest General Manager's Report to learn about SMART's latest activities regarding passenger service, Larkspur rail extension, and multiuse pathway.
Two bicyclist on the SMART train.
Your Bike and SMART
SMART is bike friendly, and offers several amenities for bicyclists.
SMART receives $21 million for its extension to Windsor
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District received $21 million in state transportation funds to construct the extension to Windsor. This grant, coupled with the proposed $40 million in funding from Regional Measure 3 (RM3), will allow SMART to complete the first of three northern Sonoma County extensions.
April 2018 General Manager's Report
Read our latest General Manager's Report to learn about SMART's latest activities regarding passenger service, Larkspur rail extension, and multiuse pathway.
SMART secures funding from the Federal Transit Administration for the Larkspur extension
SMART was awarded a $22.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today for the Larkspur extension. The funds will be used to complete the 2.1-mile extension connecting SMART’s San Rafael Station to Golden Gate Transit’s Larkspur Ferry terminal, an important link between San Francisco and the North Bay.
Freight Operator to conduct Positive Train Control testing in Rohnert Park
Freight operator Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company, which has been testing its Positive Train Control (PTC) system to meet Federal Railroad Administration requirements, will begin testing in the Rohnert Park area Friday, April 6, 2018.
SMART Seeks Submittals for Transit-Oriented Development at Railroad Square in Santa Rosa
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District seeking submittals for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) on its +/- 5.4 acre property at Railroad Square in Santa Rosa.
Freight Operator to Begin Positive Train Control Testing in the North Bay
Freight operator Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company will begin testing its Positive Train Control (PTC) system Thursday, March 29, 2018 to meet Federal Railroad Administration requirements.
March 2018 General Manager's Report
Read our latest General Manager's Report to learn about SMART's latest activities regarding passenger service, Larkspur rail extension, and multiuse pathway.
February 2018 General Manager's Report
Read our latest General Manager's Report to learn about SMART's latest activities regarding passenger service, Larkspur rail extension, and multiuse pathway.
Service Advisory: Weekend/Holiday Train Service Schedule for President's Day
In observation of President's Day, SMART will be operating on its weekend/holiday schedule on Monday, February 19.
Construction Notice: PG&E Work for Larkspur Extension
As part of the construction project to build the Larkspur rail extension, Pacific Gas & Electric will soon begin work to relocate electrical conduit and a transformer in the San Rafael Transit Center.
Service Update: Trains Are Back on Schedule
Trains are now back on schedule. Thank you for your patience. SMART trains had experienced delays earlier today due to an incident involving a woman struck by a train near Hearn Ave. in Santa Rosa. The Santa Rosa Police department is investigating the incident as an apparent suicide. Please know there is help available by calling the North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline at (855) 587-6373 or the Sonoma County Mental Health Crisis Line at (800) 870-8786.
SMART Awarded $10.5 Million in Senate Bill 1 Funding
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District was awarded $10.5 million in funding Tuesday, January 30, 2018 which will be used for operating its new passenger train service. The funding, which will be distributed over a three-year period, is administered by the California State Transportation Agency as part of the State Rail Assistance program and is funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1). SMART was among seven recipients to receive a portion of the $51.9 million in rail assistance funding.
On Board Concessions Provided By BI Buzz
Concessions on board the SMART Train are provided by BI Buzz, an enterprise of local nonprofit Becoming Independent. Every purchase helps local people with developmental disabilities become successful members of our workforce.
Safety Reminder: Stay Behind the Yellow Line on Platforms
Please be alert and aware while on all platforms.
SMART to add third car to popular commuter train
SMART announced that beginning Monday, January 8, it will be adding a third rail car to the popular morning and early afternoon commute runs.
Santa Rosa Launches Free ParkSMART Shuttle Service
Santa Rosa has launched its free ParkSMART shuttle service to connect riders between the Santa Rosa Downtown Station and Downtown Santa Rosa.
SMART Holiday Express Toy Drive
Join us in making the holidays special for children in need.
Safety Update: New Quiet Zones Take Effect
Rohnert Park, Cotati and Penngrove have established Quiet Zones.
SMART launches individual and business relief programs
SMART is launching two programs designed to help individuals and businesses impacted by the Sonoma County fires.
Get Your Senior Clipper Card in Rohnert Park
SMART is distributing senior Clipper cards at the Rohnert Park Senior Center, located at 6800 Hunter Drive, Suite A, on Tuesday, October 31st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SMART riders with a senior Clipper card receive a 50 percent discount on SMART fares and 31-Day Pass.
Service Update: SMART Continues Free Service Through Friday
SMART will run on a regular schedule, with 34 weekday trips, with southbound service starting at 4:19 a.m. out of the Sonoma County Airport station, and northbound service beginning at 5:59 a.m. out of San Rafael. Service will continue mid-day, through the peak commute, and into the evening with the last southbound train departing the Sonoma County Airport station at 6:49 p.m. and the last northbound train departing San Rafael at 8:35 p.m.
Service Update: Service Delayed Thursday
A bicyclist was struck by a southbound train Thursday afternoon at W. Steele Ln and Coffey Ln. in Santa Rosa.
Service Alert: Northbound Trains Delayed Monday Due to a Car on the Tracks in Petaluma
A car drove onto the railroad tracks at Washington Boulevard in Petaluma Monday night, delaying train service in the area. A tow truck was called and the car was removed. Serviced resumed as scheduled. Thank you for your patience. Your safety is our top priority. Please remember to be alert and aware at all railroad tracks and crossings.
Service Update: San Rafael Station Re-opened
The San Rafael station was re-opened Friday at 7 p.m. after being temporarily closed due to a natural gas leak. Service has resumed as scheduled.
Motorist Breaks Crossing Gate in Petaluma
At approximately 7:25 p.m. Tuesday, a vehicle went through the crossing gate at Corona Road in Petaluma and broke the gate, and left the scene. The approaching train used the emergency brake and proceeded through the intersection at slower speeds.
Service Update: SMART Continues Free Service with 28 Trips Wednesday
SMART will continue free service for passengers Wednesday, October 11, to assist those in the area who need transportation options during this period.
SMART Trains Run 28 Free Trips Tuesday
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) will operate on a limited schedule Tuesday, October 10, as a result of extreme fire conditions in Sonoma and Marin counties. SMART service will continue to be free of charge Tuesday to assist those in the area who need transportation options during this period.
Service Update: SMART resumes limited emergency service
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) will offer limited emergency service between downtown Santa Rosa and downtown San Rafael today, October 9. SMART inspected tracks and equipment and will begin limited service at 2:31 p.m. from the Santa Rosa downtown station to downtown San Rafael, serving all stations in between. Trains will run both southbound and northbound. (See schedule below).
Update: Morning Service Canceled Due to Fires
SMART has canceled morning service as a result of extreme fire conditions. SMART is monitoring conditions and working to resume service where possible as safety allows. The fires are causing poor visibility due to heavy smoke, and multiple SMART railroad crossings in north Santa Rosa have also been closed to assist in the evacuation of the area. Safety is our top priority and we will monitor fire conditions and resume service as safety allows.
Update on Train Horns in San Rafael
The Smith Ranch Road and San Rafael Airport crossings are functioning properly. SMART will not need to use the horn in that area, unless there is an emergency. SMART will temporarily continue to use safety flaggers this week as a safety precaution. Thank you for your patience.
Grand Opening Celebration
Join us Friday at 9 a.m. at the Santa Rosa Downtown SMART Station at 7 Fourth Street in Historic Railroad Square to celebrate the start of SMART’s new passenger rail service.
SMART receives final approval
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District announced today that it has received the green light from the Federal Railroad Administration to begin full passenger train service. Service will begin on August 25.
SMART Preview Ride Schedule: Welcome Aboard
SMART is conducting a soft launch with free preview rides for the public, designed to offer passengers an early look at the North Bay’s newest passenger train system. On this page, you will find the latest information and schedules for SMART Preview rides.
Try Us for Free
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District will soon announce the date for its service launch. Once service begins, SMART will open with a free introductory period for a limited time, followed by 50 percent discounted rates through the September 4 Labor Day holiday. Regular fares will go into effect on September 5.
SAFETY ADVISORY: Santa Rosa Quiet Zone in Effect
SMART received notification that Santa Rosa's Quiet Zone will take effect beginning Wednesday, June 7.
SAFETY ADVISORY: Petaluma Quiet Zone in Effect
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District received notification that Petaluma’s Quiet Zone will take effect beginning Wednesday, May 24. Once Quiet Zones are established, SMART trains will no longer use horns at railroad crossings in those areas, unless there is an emergency. Please use caution near all railroad crossings and near all tracks and trains. Petaluma joins Novato, San Rafael and the County of Marin, on the list of jurisdictions that have established Quiet Zones. SMART anticipates other jurisdictions will also establish Quiet Zones throughout the 43-mile initial route.
General Manager's Board Report
SMART Project Update: Provided by SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian
SMART to Begin Larkspur Extension Construction
One Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District’s Board of Directors approved awarding the Larkspur Extension design-build contract to Stacy and Witbeck/Herzog, a Bay Area-based joint venture.