Letters

SMART train tax: Vote no on Measure I

While the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Trainsit agency has increased its commute period ridership, it is negligible. The increase is hardly noticeable when you look at the car count on Highway 101. The thought that SMART can make commute-hour traffic better is pure folly. To date, less than 3 % of the county’s residents have ever been…

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SMART train tax: Vote no on Measure I

I commend recent letter-writer Mike Arnold for his objective narrative on how inefficient the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train is and how the train is negatively impacting traffic around the Downtown San Rafael station to serve just a few riders if any. The $50 fair subsidy for the average rider is ridiculous and makes no…

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SMART tickets are too expensive

Regarding recent articles in the IJ on SMART ridership, the agency should consider lowering its fares and eliminating zones in order to boost ridership and overall revenues. Read More

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SMART train is empty 50% of the time

In Thursday’s article about date for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, Marin Supervisor Damon Connelly posed a question regarding ridership. Let me answer this question very simply, without even having to use numbers. The train is 30 yards from my recliner in my living room. I sit and look right at it, so I can…

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Tax alternatives

EDITOR: I’ve ridden the SMART train. It’s very nice. I voted for the SMART train and the bullet train to Los Angeles. I didn’t vote for poor planning, poor management and absolute fiscal irresponsibility. SMART’s directors think the solution for their problems is more taxes. There are alternatives: If the train is hemorrhaging money, SMART…

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SMART train tax: Vote no on Measure I

In his Jan. 4 column appearing in the IJ, Dick Spotwood wrote, “the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District, has now released its ridership statistics pursuant to my California Public Document Act request.” It’s no secret that Spotswood is a fan of the SMART train, its governing board and, in particular, its general manager. Read More

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SMART train afternoon schedule not convenient

I was completely unsurprised by a recent article describing the drop in SMART train weekend numbers. Last week, I wanted to have lunch and an afternoon visit with my niece in Santa Rosa. Northbound trains leave San Rafael at 9:42 a.m. and 11:32, getting to Santa Rosa an hour later, either before restaurants open, or…

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SMART train complicated for occasional riders

Maybe there are some practical reasons for fewer riders on the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train. Last week we tried to entertain an out-of-town group with a train ride from San Rafael to Santa Rosa to see the beauty of our countryside. Read More

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Voting against SMART

EDITOR: Surprise, surprise! SMART ridership is flat or slightly down since it started service. Thanks to The Press Democrat, we finally have some ridership statistics (“Few ride on weekend as weekday service grows,” Friday). Read More

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Investigate SMART

EDITOR: It is time for the Sonoma County grand jury to investigate SMART, a publicly funded fiasco. Take your pick, massive cost overruns, lack of transparency, a board that seems afraid to confront the general manager, offering free rides, a bloated payroll, no response as to when service will extend to Healdsburg and Cloverdale, and…

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