Letters

Vote no on Measure I

In Dick Spotswood’s column appearing in the Marin IJ on Jan. 22, he objects to the source of funding for opposition to Measure I, as if that somehow reflects on the merits of the measure, but he fails to address the problems with Measure I itself. Read More

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Why people leave

In writing about reasons residents are leaving Sonoma County, Staff Writer Martin Espinoza cited the high cost of housing, fires and PG&E power outages (“More residents leaving county than arriving,” Jan. 19). Read More

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SMART train tax: Vote no on Measure I

The board and management for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit expect the public to back the proposed 39 year sales tax renewal based on slick brochures and reassurances that the agency will someday deliver on unrealistic promises. They slap a “naysayer” label on anyone who looks too closely. [Read More]

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SMART administration let bicycle community down

Very soon after Farhad Mansourian took over the reins as general manager of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency, he opined that bicycles adjacent to railroad tracks did not sound like a wise idea. Nonetheless, it became policy and there has been negligible SMART-funded work on the bicycle pathway promised to the Marin County Bicycle…

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SMART needs to address concerns

When the tax measure to fund SMART first appeared on the ballot years ago, I voted against it. I favored additional commuter bus lines as a more economical solution to congestion. But after the train started running, I was impressed by its smooth, comfortable service. I now use it regularly. I don’t believe it’s in…

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SMART train tax: Vote no on Measure I

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit officials are dreaming if they think extending the train to Windsor and/or Cloverdale will make it more financially viable; especially if they think voting to extend the sales tax another 39 years will make it so. Read More

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Two views of SMART

EDITOR: There appears to be two ways of thinking about the SMART train. First, there is the idea of the SMART train, which is a fast, comfortable, convenient and affordable transportation that reduces carbon dioxide production. Read More

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SMART Green Commute Fact Sheet is fiction

The recently released Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train’s Green Commute Fact Sheet attempts to substantiate claims made to voters that it fights climate change. It is remarkable in its absence of facts and invalid citations, unremarkable in following the same pattern of misleading voters. Read More

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Show me SMART is good, then ask for new tax

If the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency wants our money, then it needs to be from Missouri, the show me state. Take the current tax off the ballot, because it has until 2029 before it expires. Show us that it can operate the railroad in a manner that deserves our money. Read More

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SMART’s rider data

EDITOR: SMART not only withheld ridership numbers until it was forced to produce them, it provided only total rider numbers, not paid-rider numbers. Let’s remember the free rides that were offered during the holidays to boost ridership. There is also a fact that was blaringly left out of the article that readers need to understand:…

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