SMART: federal funding program for Larkspur extension

Excellent development for the Larkspur extension!

SMART, train, federal, Larkspur extension

SMART announces acceptance into the federal Small Starts funding program for the Larkspur extension

Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) September 24, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact:Farhad Mansourian,(707)794-3057
SMART San Rafael to Larkspur Segment Accepted into Federal “New Starts” Program

Petaluma,CA– Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) announced today that the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA) has accepted SMART’s San Rafael to Larkspur segment into
the Project Development phase of its “Small Starts” funding program. This designation
grants SMART funding to complete the federal environmental review process as well as final engineering and design for this critical segment.

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Sonoma-Marin SMART news updates

Sonoma-Marin SMART article updates

SMART rail work to begin in Marin over the next year
By Mark Prado ~ Marin Independent Journal June 1, 2013
http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_23357639/smart-rail-work-begin-marin-over-next-year

Transit-oriented plan for Petaluma delayed over SMART comments
By Loria Carter ~ The Press Democrat May 7, 2013
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130507/ARTICLES/130509628

SMART Novato, Board meeting Sonoma Raceway – Amtrak connection

Interesting rail line developments were revealed at the Feb 20 , 2013 SMART Staff and public board meeting. Board Member Announcement section, general managers report; video presentation (4 minutes)

http://sonomamarintrain.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=171&meta_id=2997

An unexpected proposal was introduced to connect SMART in Novato, at the Sonoma’ Infinity’ Raceway venue location. The raceway owners are promoting an event in June and will be bringing Amtrak service from downtown Sacramento to the doorstep of the raceway, leveraging existing railroad lines and infrastructure through Yolo -> Solano -> Napa -> Sonoma counties. The’ve expressed interest to connect this new rail hub into the Sonoma / Novato SMART rail service for future 2014-2015 events. This proposal has the potential of connecting Sonoma/ Marin counties to the Sacramento-SF bay area recreational and commuter Amtrak lines providing greater long term outreach and usage on public rail transit for commuters and businesses. Short term benefit, offering a much needed solution to the horrific vehicle gridlock and public safety issues on Hwy 37 during large events.

General Manager’s report from the February 2013 board meeting.
http://www2.sonomamarintrain.org/userfiles/file/2-20%20GM%20Report%20to%20Board.pdf