Friends of SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit)
SUPPORTING RAIL AND TRAIL IN THE NORTH BAY
JUNE 17, 2023
SONOMA COUNTY AIRPORT
9:15 AM – 5:30 PM
THE MAIN TOUR IS AS FOLLOWS (Return times are flexible):
9:31 AM SOUTH BOUND: #3 TRAIN SONOMA DEPARTS
COUNTY AIRPORT STATION
Please meet the group at the station at 9:15 am. We will be on the last
car and I will get out and wave at all stops - can’t miss my curly hair!
10:50 AM: SMART TRAIN ARRIVES AT LARKSPUR
WALK TO FERRY. 10-15 MINUTES
11:15 AM: FERRY DEPARTS LARKSPUR
12:10 PM: ARRIVE SF FERRY TERMINAL
Bag Lunch Stop
WALK TO SALESFORCE PARK AT 425 MISSION ST. (APPROX. 12 MINUTES)
• FREE LIFT TO ROOF BY GONDOLA - LOCATED AT MISSION AND FREMONT STREET
We’ll go as a group
1:45 PM: REGROUP AND WALK BACK TO SF FERRY BUILDING
2-2:30 PM: FREE TIME AT THE FERRY BUILDING
2:30 PM: REGROUP
2:40PM: FERRY LEAVES SAN FRANCISCO FERRY TERMINAL
3:40 PM: FERRY ARRIVES LARKSPUR
4:07 PM: SMART TRAIN #8 LEAVES LARKSPUR
5:24 PM: SMART TRAIN #8 ARRIVES SONOMA COUNTY AIRPORT
CALL/TEXT/EMAIL DANI SHEEHAN-MEYER
SONOMA COUNTY AIRPORT 9:31
SANTA ROSA NORTH 9:38
SANTA ROSA DOWNTOWN 9:42
ROHNERT PARK 9:50
PETALUMA DOWNTOWN 10:08
NOVATO - SAN MARIN 10:20
NOVATO - DOWNTOWN 10:23
NOVATO - HAMILTON 10:31
MARIN CIVIC CENTER 10:37
SAN RAFAEL 10:43
SAN RAFAEL 4:15
MARIN CIVIC CENTER 4:20
NOVATO - HAMILTON 4:27
NOVATO - DOWNTOWN 4:33
NOVATO - SAN MARIN 4:36
PETALUMA DOWNTOWN 4:49
ROHNERT PARK 5:06
SANTA ROSA DOWNTOWN 5:14
SANTA ROSA NORTH 5:18
SONOMA COUNTY AIRPORT 5:24
RAIL & SAIL TICKETS $12 EACH WAY WITH SMART APP. CLIPPER CARD $13.75 EACH WAY.
Pay fares with Clipper®: Adult Clipper cards and fares can be purchased at SMART stations through the fare vending machine. An instructional video on how to use the fare vending machine is available HERE.
Adult and discount Clipper cards can be obtained online at clippercard.com, SMART’s office at 5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 200, Petaluma, or at other participating transit agency ticket offices.
SMART eTickets app: The mobile ticketing app is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. See SMART’s Mobile App FAQs for additional information.
No cash payment accepted on the train.
Friends of SMART is a citizens’ advocacy group dedicated to assuring high quality public transportation in Sonoma and Marin Counties, including reliable passenger trains with an associated pathway, and compatible freight service.
We share a vision of a multi-modal transportation corridor where cities and towns along railroad right-of-ways have the benefit of high quality freight and passenger services, together with a greenway for bicycles and pedestrians. Our organization co-sponsors tours and forums, and provides informed speakers to explore modern transit services, and the compact communities that thrive within walking distance of rail stations.
Our mission is: Advocating for North Bay passenger/freight rail and completing the multi-use path.
How would rail “meet the needs”?
Provide dependable service to meet an increasing share of regional transportation needs
Offer sufficiently frequent seven-day service to provide a mobility alternative to the automobile
Maintain fares that make rail a price competitive alternative to driving and eventually the price-preferred alternative.
Pursue schedule coordination and fare integration with other transit services
Offer fare discounts for frequent, student, and low-income riders
Promote passenger safety during influenza season and pandemics
Promote double-tracking of rail segments to allow reduced headways
Eventually extend the SMART system to the initially planned length while offering interim bus service for uncompleted segments
Support first and last mile connections
Complete bicycle/ped paths to allow train riders to easily reach stations and bicycle riders to use bicycles for segments of their daily travel.
Facilitate transit-oriented development to reduce driving and to create vibrant office, shopping, and entertainment neighborhoods
Integrate passenger rail safely with freight rail
Add extensions to Suisun City and elsewhere as opportunities arise
How will Friends of SMART fulfill their mission statement?
Build cooperative relationships with the SMART Board and staff to exchange ideas about visions and paths forward.
Seek opportunities to educate the public on the role of rail in the North Bay.
Build and sustain relationships with groups that share rail goals, including:
Businesses that benefit when their employees commute on SMART
Realtors who recognize the favorable impact of SMART on property values
Environmentalists who want to reduce VMT and GHG emissions
Hotels, wineries, and other visitor-serving businesses
Train riders, cyclists, pedestrians, skate-boarders, and scooter riders
Businesses and property owners that need improved freight service
Policy makers at local, State, and national levels
Advocate for public decisions that align with the mission statement
Broaden participation in Friends of SMART
AND SMART FUNDING
Funding for the project—a 1/4-cent sales tax in Marin & Sonoma counties—was approved by the voters in the November 2008 election. The recession that set in shortly afterward significantly reduced the tax receipts that were expected to fund the full 70-mile project within the initial time frame. Nevertheless much has been accomplished—beginning with the 42-mile initial operating segment from Airport Road to San Rafael. Efforts are underway to obtain grants and other funding to complete the full route from Santa Rosa to Cloverdale (about 30 miles).
Stations will be in the cities of Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Windsor, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, and Larkspur. The train is coming to town!
Friends of SMART is working to assure that rail service is as customer-oriented and efficient as possible, by enabling citizens to stay abreast of the fiscal, structural, environmental, property and other issues that underlie the SMART rail and pathway project.
You are welcome to attend our monthly business meetings. Your time, talents, insights, and experience can help SMART succeed!
For information contact Friends of SMART: info@friendsofSMART.com
501-C3 Sonoma County Tomorrow - Friends of SMART
Tax ID: 94-3019165
7790 Welter Lane Sebastopol, CA 95472
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