MTC approves $3 million for two segments of North Bay rail's bicycle and pedestrian path

SMART train
Mark Prado

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has approved $3 million in funding for the construction of two segments of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District bicycle and pedestrian pathway.

The two segments of SMART's bicycle and pedestrian pathway funded by the MTC One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) late last month are:

  • Hanna Ranch Road to South Rowland Avenue in Novato, and
  • San Miguel Avenue to Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa

The SMART pathway currently consists of 25 miles of Class 1 pathway and is considered part of the Great Redwood Trail system. Class I paths provide a separate right-of-way designated for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians.

The SMART Pathway provides first and last-mile connections to train stations and offers a safe way to travel along the rail corridor, particularly in areas where the SMART pathway is the shortest path of travel between communities. The SMART train and pathway system enable cyclists to make longer journeys by extending their ability to use a bicycle as a preferred mode of travel.

MTC and SMART are transportation partners.

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