About the District

In 2002, a new regional transportation district was established to oversee the development and implementation of passenger rail service in Sonoma and Marin Counties. The new rail district, created with the passage of California State Assembly Bill 2224 (Nation, District 6), holds in public ownership, over seventy miles of railroad right-of-way.

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District is governed by a 12-member Board consisting of elected officials appointed as specified by AB 2224: two county supervisors each from Marin and Sonoma counties, three appointed City Council members from each county and two representatives from the Golden Gate Bridge District.

The SMART District is charged with planning, engineering, evaluating and implementing passenger train service and corridor maintenance from Cloverdale to Larkspur.

The SMART rail corridor parallels Highway 101. Traffic congestion along this corridor has increased dramatically in the last decade and it is now ranked by Caltrans as one of the most congested freeways in the Bay Area. More than 80% of all North Bay commercial, residential and educational facilities are located along the SMART corridor. SMART trains provide a safe, reliable and efficient transportation alternative to  traffic and congestion on Highway 101. In addition, SMART enhances and improves the region’s land use policies and preservation of agricultural lands by restricting stations to incorporated areas.

The stations along the corridor are designed to accommodate available feeder bus services, shuttle services and, in selected suburban locations, park and ride facilities. Stations in the three largest cities in the North Bay – Santa Rosa, Petaluma and San Rafael – help create more walkable downtowns and allow bus and feeder services to provide a seamless commute.

 

SMART Senior Management

Farhad Mansourian, General Manager
Address: 5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 200, Petaluma CA, 94954
Email: FMansourian@SonomaMarinTrain.org
Phone: (707) 794-3330

 

Erin McGrath, Chief Financial Officer
Address: 5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 200, Petaluma CA, 94954
Email: EMcgrath@SonomaMarinTrain.org
Phone: (707) 794-3330

 

Tom Lyons, General Counsel
Address: 5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 200, Petaluma CA, 94954
Email: TLyons@SonomaMarinTrain.org
Phone: (707) 794-3330

 

Jennifer Welch, Chief of Police
Address: 5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 200, Petaluma CA, 94954
Email: JWelch@SonomaMarinTrain.org
Phone: (707) 794-3330

 

Duane Sayers, Operations Manager
Address: 5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 200, Petaluma CA, 94954
Email: DSayers@SonomaMarinTrain.org
Phone: (707) 794-3330

 

Bill Gamlen, Chief Engineer
Address: 5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 200, Petaluma CA, 94954
Email: BGamlen@SonomaMarinTrain.org
Phone: (707) 794-3330

 

Jeanne Mariani-Belding, Communications and Marketing Manager
Media Spokeswoman

Address: 5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 200, Petaluma CA, 94954
Email: JBelding@SonomaMarinTrain.org
Phone: (707) 794-3063

 

Citizens Oversight Committee

Russ Colombo, Chair
Steve Birdlebough
Peter Breen
Dennis Harter
Patricia Kendall
David Oster
Steve Rabinowitsh
Tanya Narath, alternate
Julia Violich, alternate