SMART Larkspur Extension Project
SMART has secured funding for construction of a rail extension Downtown San Rafael to Larkspur. Funding will come 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.
SMART began design work for the Larkspur Extension Project, which included field survey and geotechnical work, as well as developing the track alignment, bridges and stations details. SMART has spent the year working closely with its local partners: Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD), Marin Transit, the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM), the Town of Larkspur and the City of San Rafael on the various details of planning the rail extension. This group has developed short-term solutions to reconfigure the Bettini Transit Center in order to prepare for the train. SMART has worked closely with the City of San Rafael on design options to close two at-grade crossings along Francisco Boulevard West and to support the City with their at-grade crossing application to the California Public Utilities Commission to preserve Anderson Drive’s ability to cross the railroad track.
In 2016 SMART initiated a design-build procurement to hire a contractor and designer to complete the design and construction of the project. SMART plans to award a contract in the 2017.
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.