Letters

A gift of public funds

EDITOR: I read Staff Writer Kevin Fixler’s article about SMART giving free rides from Thanksgiving Day through Dec. 1 (“SMART makes tax pitch with free rides,” Dec. 1). The apparent reason was to get people acquainted with the train so that they would vote for the sales tax, 10 years early. Read More

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Traffic may have caught San Rafael by surprise

In a recent article about the increased “’mind-numbing” crawl of traffic thorough downtown San Rafael, because of the arrival of the SMART train’s extension to Larkspur, I read a quote from the city’s public works director, Bill Guerin: “This is what San Rafael is going to be experiencing in the months and years to come.” Read More

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Too early to endorse SMART train tax proposal

It’s still three plus months until the March 3 election, but I think I just read the first (soft) endorsement in last week’s Marin Independent Journal: A very approving nod by the paper’s editorial staff for renewal of the quarter cent sales tax for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train. The citizens and voters of…

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Paying SMART fares

EDITOR: I read the article about free SMART rides with some amusement (“SMART makes tax pitch with free rides,” Dec. 1). It is my understanding that the taxpayers subsidize approximately $27 per trip for every SMART passenger. The actual traveler pays a small fraction of this amount. Read More

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Fire tax over SMART

EDITOR: I will not vote for the 30-year sales tax extension for the SMART train on the March ballot. I live in Sonoma, and it is difficult getting to the train without triggering additional problems, i.e., no parking, several transportation system transfers and time schedule constraints. For me, it would be cheaper and involve less…

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SMART and disabilities

EDITOR: The article about the SMART extension into Larkspur said the drop-off point will be a half-mile from the ferry terminal and, in the words of a Golden Gate ferry spokeswoman, about a 10-minute walk (“SMART to launch Larkspur service,” Nov. 21). Well, for those of us who are elderly or disabled, it might as…

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