Now that SMART’s tax extension measure is on the March ballot, the hype from rail proponents and General Manager Farhad Mansourian is in full gear.
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit project was an uneconomic dream in 2008 and still is.
Long before 2008, SMART staff had been told by its own consultants that a quarter-cent sales tax was insufficient to fund both construction and rail operations over a 70-mile line. In 2008 the board and many local supporters perpetuated the myth and conned unsuspecting voters. Taxpayers are now paying for these lies.