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.
Ensure that the SMART project is a social as well as an engineering success.
Be the voice of the community and the passenger.
Serve as a forum and information clearinghouse.
Counter opposition and misinformation.
Encourage the SMART Board and Staff.
Contributions are used to offset costs of our activities, including this website and the newsletter; make checks payable to “SCT” and mail to Willard Richards, Treasurer, 1009 Hyland Dr., Santa Rosa, 95409. Friends of SMART is an unincorporated association operating under the fiscal auspices of Sonoma County Tomorrow, a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations made to Friends of SMART are tax deductible.
We also welcome new members and volunteers to the organization.
If you’d like to help out with event planning, tabling, general office support, fundraising or letter writing, please call Dani Sheehan-Meyer 707.486.3387 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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!