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SMART commuter train plan falters, complete line won’t be ready by 2014 – Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday 20 Jan 2010, 09:29
Filed under: bicycle, Marin, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, SMART, Sonoma, trails, transit

It’s unlikely the SMART rail line linking Sonoma and Marin counties will be finished by 2014 as promised to voters because the agency running the train project is wrestling with a $155 million shortfall brought on by a stumbling economy.

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District officials reported Wednesday at a meeting at San Rafael City Hall that they will likely have to build the line in two segments. The first segment, which would be finished by 2014, would extend from Larkspur north to somewhere in Sonoma County.

The precise terminus will still have to be determined, but SMART General Manager Lillian Hames said it could be anywhere from Petaluma to northern Santa Rosa.

“We will know better after we have the cost estimates come in this summer,” Hames said.

via SMART commuter train plan falters, complete line won’t be ready by 2014 – Marin Independent Journal.

Commute train service to a significant portion of Sonoma County would be delayed for at least two years under a plan approved Wednesday by transit directors.

“I am very upset that the northern portion will be delayed because without the north, there would have been no project,” said Al Boro, president of the Golden Gate Bridge District board and a director of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit board.

Instead, the first trains would roll from Marin County to Petaluma, and at best as far north as Santa Rosa, because of funding difficulties brought on by the recession.

That prospect dismayed SMART board directors. Sonoma County, which had pushed the hardest for the SMART train and had given the 2008 quarter-cent sales tax measure the strongest support, would be the county that will have to wait for the promised service.

SRPD: SMART train to arrive two years late in central Sonoma County


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Stops in Marin should be constructed last so the entire line can be completed. Less enthusiasm in Marin anyway.

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