Calif.’s Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) received the green light from the Federal Railroad Administration to begin full passenger train service, with the agency set to launch August 25.
SMART train service will be free of charge on opening day, with the agency holding a community grant opening event. After opening day, SMART fares for everyone will be 50% off regular price through Labor Day, with regular fares set to be in place Sept. 5.
“This is truly historic. We want to thank the public for their support and for providing the North Bay with a state-of-the-art transportation system,” said SMART board Vice Chairwoman Kathrin Sears. “This system will bring relief to commuters stuck on Highway 101 and provide a stress-free way to travel. It will also provide a major economic boost for both Marin and Sonoma counties.”
In connection with SMART’s start of service, several public transit agencies have developed new routes or adjusted existing ones to coordinate with the train’s schedule. SMART passengers receive transfer credits to make their connections when using Golden Gate Transit, Marin Transit, Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, or Sonoma County Transit.