Grand Opening Celebration | Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit

Grand Opening Celebration

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:25pm
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.


Come early to get your free commemorative SMART T-shirt and a free Clipper card while supplies last! SMART and Clipper will have outreach booths at the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa Rosa CityBus and the Historic Railroad Square Association will also have booths at the event.

SMART’s Grand Opening celebration includes food, entertainment, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony with key dignitaries and a short inaugural train ride. For the grand opening ceremony program, click here. Following the ceremony, SMART will launch its full passenger service beginning with the 12:49 p.m. run originating from the Sonoma County Airport Station. Service will be free of charge on opening day.


Please arrive early, as parking is limited. Additional parking is available at the City of Santa Rosa’s 7th Street garage at regular rates. Free shuttle service will be available to and from the 7th Street garage between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Sonoma County Bike Coalition will provide free bike valet service. For more information, click here.

Following opening day, SMART staff will also be at all 10 stations on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 to provide information and distribute SMART commemorative giveaways while supplies last. SMART staff will be at stations in Sonoma County from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and at Marin County stations from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.


SMART fares after opening day will be 50 percent off the regular price for everyone through Labor Day, September 4. Regular fares will be in place on September 5, with seniors, youth and passengers with disabilities continuing to receive 50 percent discounts. 


Grand Opening Celebration Program