SMART train and Sonoma employers look for partnership possibilities

The Press Democrat
By Robert Digitale
July 17, 2016, 12:11am

“With the pending arrival of the SMART regional rail system, some of the North Bay’s largest employers are struggling to master a key transit concept: “first mile/last mile,” or how to get workers to and from the train station…”

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SMART unveils ticket machines

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Friends of SMART tours Operations and Maintenance Facility and rides the train!

See photos of our tour in the Gallery here.

Petaluma’s Butter and Eggs Day Parade showcases SMART

April 23, 2016

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While Petaluma’s Butter and Eggs Day Parade honors the town’s history of dairy and poultry production, the coming Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) train was showcased as this year’s theme in many of the floats and costumes.

Located on the edge of downtown, Petaluma’s train station will become a new transit hub for the growing city of approximately 60,000 residents. The train, which is scheduled to begin service at the end of the year, highlights Petaluma’s transition from a farming community known as “The Egg Basket of the World”, to a part of the Bay Area.

Many families set up folding chairs and laid out blankets along the parade route downtown the night before to reserve the best spots. During the parade, spectators shouted at friends and family in the parade who were riding in vintage cars, themed floats or walking in costume.

This year’s train theme added a new element from previous years — wagons dressed to look like the SMART train cars.

Happy Earth Day!

SMART Facebook Post
April 22, 2016, 1:22pm

“SMART celebrated Earth Day with Congressman Jared Huffman and 80 North Bay environmental leaders by hosting Congressman Huffman’s Annual Environmental Breakfast on the SMART Train. To celebrate Earth Day, Congressman Huffman, North Bay environmentalists, SMART Board Directors and staff rode the train to the Mira Monte Marsh Restoration Project and were given presentations on how the project was implemented.”

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SMART begins talking rail schedule as service set to begin later this year

Marin Independent Journal
By Mark Prado
April 14, 2016, 6:19pm

“When Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system trains begin rolling later this year it will take 67 minutes to go from the Sonoma County Airport to downtown San Rafael during weekdays, according to estimates by the agency, which is starting to develop a schedule.

Peak service has been sketched at between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to as late as 9 p.m. for the last trains pulling into Santa Rosa, according to SMART. There will also be one midday train for people going to work late or who have to leave early, rail officials said last week as they looked over a draft schedule. There would be a train every 30 minutes during commute times.”

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SMART receives key environmental approval for bicycle and pedestrian pathway

SMART Press Release
By Jeanne Mariani-Belding
April 6, 2016

SMART announced today that federal environmental clearance for a 36-mile portion of the bicycle and pedestrian pathway between the San Rafael Civic Center Station and the Santa Rosa North Station had been received as part of a Federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. Follow the link below to read the press release:

Press Release

Reimagining Santa Rosa CityBus

April 4, 2016

Dear CityBus Riders and Friends of CityBus,

We have been hard at work putting together the Draft Plan for Reimagining CityBus, and it is now ready! Please visit to view or download the plan. It is very lengthy (over 100 pages), so we have also created a brochure with an annotated map that provides the information that riders care most about–including route alignments and route frequencies–for the short-term service plan to be implemented later this year. You can find the brochure on the Reimagining CityBus website (in English and Spanish), and hard copies are available on all of our buses and at the CityBus customer service counter. We will also be distributing them at several outreach events during the month of April. (See the website for more information on our events.)
As always, we value your feedback! We were not able to include all the changes or improvements that our riders requested due to budget constraints (and had to make some very hard choices in some cases), but we believe this plan represents a significant improvement in the quality of our bus service for most of our riders. Please forward any comments to Rachel Ede at, or drop them off/mail them to CityBus at Santa Rosa City Hall, Room 6, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa 95404. We are interested in hearing both what you like and don’t like about these proposed changes. We will be compiling your feedback to include in our presentation to the Santa Rosa City Council at a public hearing on May 3rd.
Thanks for your participation!

Santa Rosa CityBus

Santa Rosa to San Rafael in half-time on SMART

North Bay Business Journal
By Jeff Quackenbush
March 25, 2016, 7:01pm

“Work on stations is expected to wrap in the next three months, and testing of operations will be ongoing through fall. Part of that testing includes draft schedules between stops along the 43-mile initial service length from the downtown San Rafael transit center to a station at the SMART operations center near Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport north of Santa Rosa, said Farhad Mansourian, general manager of SMART, to about 170 attending the Business Journal’s Impact Marin conference at Embassy Suites San Rafael.”

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