Letters

Pedestrian guardrail needed at Third Street

The other day I was riding the Sonoma-Marin Area Rait Transit train going south and got off at Central San Rafael. After crossing Third Street at the crosswalk to the south side, I headed on my way going east. At that moment the train blew its whistle as it started on its way going south…

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Where is all this tax money really going?

In a recent IJ editorial (“Are voters finally weary of taxes, tolls?” Dec. 15), you didn’t come down hard enough on the agencies that spend our tax dollars on transportation. The editorial stated that, over the last two years, there’s been an increase in the gas tax, voter approval of bridge toll increases, and an…

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Eliminate SMART

EDITOR: SMART was a good experiment, and I’m glad we tried, but we should rescind Measure Q, not extend the tax. It is clear from the 2018 financial report that the tax and ticket revenue don’t even cover current operations, much less expansion. Read More

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SMART’s nondisclosure

EDITOR: The Press Democrat exposed a character flaw in SMART management. Denial of available information to the public must have a powerful rationale (“SMART not disclosing weekly, daily rider data,” Dec. 12). Instead I see what appears to be denial for self-serving reasons: “(SMART) remains in the process of establishing which data points are important…

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SMART and traffic

EDITOR: When the idea of SMART was first proposed, more than 10 years ago, the major selling point was to relieve morning and evening traffic congestion on Highway 101. At the same time, a survey of local citizens showed that about 80% used Highway 101 for short trips (such as on at Airport Boulevard and…

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Traffic at rail crossing is a transfer of power

General Manager Farhad Mansourian, who makes $323,000 per year, is quoted in the Independent Journal that, “the notion that we are affecting congestion in downtown San Rafael is false.” He needs to clarify. The train extension is a massive traffic nightmare for anyone west or east of downtown San Rafael. This will damage all businesses…

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Why can’t train drop us at ferry terminal?

I attended the grand opening of the 2.1-mile extension of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit line from San Rafael to Larkspur on Dec. 13. It was a nice ceremony and a major achievement, but it is just so unfortunate that we could not go that last third of a mile to the ferry terminal itself….

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SMART’s good and bad

EDITOR: As I have said before, rail transit is the way of the future if anything like our way of life is going to have a future. Approving the SMART tax extension is a good idea. I will vote for it. But I share the concerns about the lack of transparency by SMART management. I…

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SMART train should be elevated downtown

I am writing in regard to issues surrounding the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit trains. Considering big traffic delays with a train crossing all those downtown San Rafael streets every 15 minutes during the commute hours, a different design idea should have been considered. Not until it is studied can all advantages and disadvantages can be…

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Disputing SMART’s math on tax to save money

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rait Transit management sent an idiotic mailer telling voters that the proposed tax that is suppose to go away is not a tax increase. Yes, that is exactly what that is since our taxes will increase based lies about ending the taxes. It also claims that 700,000 people are taken off the road who…

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