PETALUMA, Calif. — The Sonoma State Star reports that Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) officials predict that its commuter train system will be fully operational and open to the public by the end of spring.
While the board originally planned to have the train completed by late 2016, they delayed the project due to engine problems and the testing of Positive Train Control.
In addition to technical problems, the SMART board is also dealing with some policy-related controversies, with many citizens complaining about loudness and frequency of the train horn. To alleviate those concerns, various counties have proposed creating quiet zones, which would restrict the regular sounding of the horn barring emergency situations. For the full story, click here.