SMART Larkspur Extension Project Overview
SMART began construction of its rail extension to Larkspur in July 2017. The extension to Larkspur includes 2.2 miles of track connecting San Rafael and Larkspur, a terminal station in Larkspur Landing, three bridges, and utilizes the recently rehabilitated Cal Park Tunnel that currently provides a bicycle/pedestrian connection to Larkspur from San Rafael.
SMART has completed 100% of all the required testing for the Larkspur extension, and the next step in preparing to open the Larkspur station for service is to demonstrate the operational functioning of the full system from Sonoma County Airport Station to the Larkspur Station, including confirming the timetable and completing the training of all of SMART’s crew members on the expanded territory. SMART train service to Larkspur is projected to begin in mid-December of 2019.
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Downtown Novato Station
SMART’s contractor will be doing some overnight work at the Novato Downtown Station, begining 9:00 p.m. this Friday night, November 22, to 10:00 a.m., Saturday November 23, to make some final track adjustments before opening the new Novato Downtown station. We will be utlizing a vacuum truck and a track tamper to adjust the ballast under the rail. Nearby residents can expect some dust and noise.
Town of Windsor Extension Project
The SMART Board of Directors recently launched the next phase of construction work to extend commuter service to the Town of Windsor, by authorizing the expenditiure of $24 million to begin rail safety upgrades and design work needed to expand the rail line north by 3 miles from the current northbound terminal near the Sonoma County Airport. Construction work is estimated to begin in 2020 and systems testing is expected to begin in 2021.
SMART Receives Four New Rail Cars
SMART's new rail cars are currently undergoing safety testing. SMART’s vehicle testing is part of the safety requirements needed before placing the new cars into service.
SMART Pathway Construction Project
SMART was selected to receive a $12.6 million grant to fund its bicycle and pedestrian pathway project in Petaluma, Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa. SMART is currently gearing up to begin construction of the bicycle-pedestrian pathway between Payran Street to Southpoint Boulevard in Petaluma. To view a progress map of the pathway, please click here.
SMART has completed the following segments:
- Healdsburg: Front Street to Grant Street,
- Santa Rosa: Sixth Street to Guerneville Road,
- Rohnert Park/Cotati: East Avenue to Golf Course Drive.
- Rohnert Park: Sonoma Mountain Village to the Cotati SMART Train Station,
- Southwest Santa Rosa: Hearn Avenue to Bellevue Avenue, with pathway connections to Downtown Santa Rosa SMART Station.
- Novato/Petaluma: SMART Novato San Marin Station to County Line,
- Novato: Rush Creek Place to SMART Novato San Marin Station,
- Novato: SMART Novato Hamilton Station to Hamilton Parkway,
- Novato: Franklin pedestrian crossing (near Sutter Health) to Grant Street in downtown Novato (future Novato Downtown Station),
- San Rafael: North San Pedro Road to SMART Marin Civic Center Station,
- San Rafael: Merrydale Road to Mission Avenue.
At the request of the California State Transportation Agency, SMART has reviewed the technical feasibility of implementing passenger rail service between Novato and Suisun City to a connection to the Capitol Corridor passenger rail system. The Feasibility Study inventories the facilities and natural environment, develops conceptual options for rail service, provides high-level cost estimates and approximates travel times. This exciting prospect could provide a transportation alternative to those that travel the Highway 37 corridor and build upon transit connections that exist today.
The full report can be accessed here.