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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Safety Reminder: Stay Behind the Yellow Line on Platforms
Please be alert and aware while on all platforms.
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.
Using SMART WiFi
SMART offers free Wi-Fi on board the train. Based on rider feedback, we compiled the most frequently asked questions about SMART Wi-Fi and their answers.
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.
Service Alert Update: Train Service Experiencing Delays
Trains are running from the Sonoma County Airport Station to the Santa Rosa Downtown Station, and from the Cotati Station to the San Rafael Station. A bus bridge is in place to take passengers to and from the Santa Rosa Downtown, Cotati and Rohnert Park stations. Delays are due to an incident earlier this morning involving a pedestrian struck by a train near Hearn Ave. in Santa Rosa. SMART is working to get back on schedule as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Trains Delayed Friday Night Due to Cars On Tracks
Two motorists driving onto the railroad tracks delayed train service Friday night.
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.
Regarding Amtrak Train 501
SMART is deeply saddened to learn of the Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle in DuPont, Washington this morning. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy. Amtrak asks individuals with questions about their friends and family on Amtrak Cascades Train 501 to call (800) 523-9101.
Make Your Connection with Sonoma County Transit
Sonoma County Transit has SMART connectors and shuttle routes.
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.
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.
Two bicyclist on the SMART train.
Using Bikes on SMART
Bikes are welcome on board SMART trains. Each two-car SMART train has spaces for up to 24 bikes. SMART stations will have bike parking and secured bike lockers. SMART is also exploring partnerships to provide bike sharing near some of its stations.
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 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.
VIDEO: Using The Fare Vending Machine
Adult Clipper cards are available through fare machines at SMART stations. Fare machines can also be used to load cash value or pass onto any type of Clipper card. Check our walk-through video on how to use SMART's fare machine to buy cards, load cash value, or load a SMART 31-Day Pass to a Clipper card:
General Manager's Board Report
SMART Project Update: Provided by SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian
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.
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.
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.
Free Connection to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal Coming September 2
Beginning September 2, SMART riders looking to connect to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal can use Golden Gate Route 31, the Wave Ferry Shuttle.
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 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.