Op-eds

North Bay Voice: Disastrous SMART deserves a no vote on Measure I

As a fourth generation Sonoma County resident and family business owner, I have deep roots in the North Bay community. What happens here and the direction it takes is of intense concern to me. With the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit tax measure coming up on the March ballot, I set out to investigate the facts….

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Marin Voice: Put SMART on a positive track, vote no on Measure I

SMART wants voter approval to extend its quarter-cent sales tax to 2059. This would let them spend another $2.8 billion of our sales tax dollars before it again faces the only effective oversight: voters. If the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system is to survive and deliver on its broken promises to reduce traffic and greenhouse…

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No on Measure I: SMART too expensive to operate

Now that SMART’s tax extension measure (Measure I) is on the March ballot, the hype from rail proponents, SMART board members and SMART’s general manager is in full gear. SMART was an uneconomic dream in 2008 when voters approved a quarter cent sales tax to fund the agency through March 2029. Nothing has changed in…

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Close to Home: What SMART’s data does and doesn’t say

By Mike Arnold After more than two years of operating trains and rejecting requests for ridership data, SMART has finally released daily ridership data from June 29, 2017 through Nov. 30, 2019. The data reveals much about SMART’s ridership and why it withheld this information from the public. Ridership is tiny. On the average weekday,…

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Marin Voice: Only way to hold SMART accountable is to vote against tax in March

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…

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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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