Construction Updates

SMART Larkspur Extension Project

SMART has secured funding for construction of a rail extension from Downtown San Rafael to Larkspur.  Funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Capital Investment Grant Program, The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), and Regional Measure 2 Bridge Toll funds.  This 2.2 mile extension will provide a regional connection with the Golden Gate Ferry to access San Francisco.  The project includes a terminal station in Larkspur, three bridges and utilizes the recently (2010) rehabilitated Cal Park Tunnel that connects San Rafael and Larkspur. For more information about the Larkspur Extension Project - call the Larkspur Extension Project Hotline: 800-959-8660.

Construction update as of October 17, 2017:

  • Vegetation and track removal will be ongoing through the end of September.

  • Installation of sheet pile, concrete bridge pile, and block wall between 2nd Street and 800 feet north of Rice Drive will begin on September 18 and will continue through October 15. There may be noticeable noise as sheet pile is installed with a pile driver.

  • Francisco Blvd. West will be closed October 17 - 24, begining at 7:00 a.m. during the installation of sheet pile along San Rafael Creek. The full closure is needed to allow crane set-up to install sheet pile and avoid existing overhead power lines. Access to parking lots along Francisco Blvd. will be kept open. These dates and times are subject  to change.

  • A southbound lane along 2nd Street will be closed October 24 - 27 and October 30 - November 3 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The purpose of this lane closure is to allow crane set-up on the north side of San Rafael Creek. The lane will be close while the crane is being set-up and taken down.


SMART Pathway Construction

SMART continues to advance the north-south pathway network that was conceived early in the SMART Project that consists of pathway in the SMART right-of-way, existing pathways, on-street bikeways and paths that were built, or planned to be built by others.  This is documented in the 2006 SMART Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR). 

In 2017, SMART plans to construct segments of paths in San Rafael, connecting the Civic Center station, Novato to provide connection to the North Novato and Downtown Stations and Cotati linking the station to areas to the south.  Design will begin on other segments of pathway, such as the segment from Payran Street to South Point Boulevard in Petaluma.

Construction update as of September 15, 2017:

  • On Wednesday, September 20, SMART contractor Shimmick Construction will begin work clearing vegetation and performing drainage work within the SMART right-of-way between the Civic Center Station and North San Pedro Road in San Rafael.