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Calif.'s SMART commuter rail gets Federal green light to launch

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.

Testing may delay SMART rail launch until 2017

The rail agency announced Sept. 26 that it was only then beginning to ramp up speeds on the railcars during safety testing. But with 11 weeks left before the new year, officials have not pegged when the cars will be tested at their fullest capabilities.