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SMART train tries to get it right

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Authority is tying some larger loose ends as it approaches its March vote, asking Marin and Sonoma county taxpayers to renew the sales tax that launched the service and is needed to keep it running. Voters gave a green light to SMART in 2008 when a super-majority of voters from…

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Council to decide fate of Petaluma SMART station development

The Petaluma City Council will soon have an opportunity to weigh in on the Corona Road development linked to the future east Petaluma SMART station, following a resounding rejection from Planning Commissioners. The project will return to city council chambers for the third time in four weeks at the Dec.16 council meeting. Council members will…

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SMART’s cost to reach Windsor rises to at least $65 million

SMART’s cost to reach Windsor has risen by $10 million to at least $65 million under a newly approved contract that will extend the line by 3 miles to a new station platform and add to the parallel pedestrian and bike path. Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit officials said the increase was driven by “the cost…

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Close to Home: SMART still falling short of its promises

Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane, a member of the SMART board, recently said she was “happy to see the ridership is high.” Zane’s statement should be called what it is: an alternative fact. Read More

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Dick Spotswood: SMART chief’s eye-popping pay package

MARIN COUNTY Public Works Director Farhad Mansourian is the new general manager of the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District. Whether picking an executive with zero rail experience will work out for the beleaguered commuter railroad is an open question. What’s not in doubt is that the appointment is terrific for Mansourian. Combining pay and…

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