The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit board has approved a $21.4 million list of rail and pathway projects connecting SMART stations. The North Bay rail agency plans to leverage these funds for up to $80 million million in construction grants.
Recommendations in the Capital Improvement Plan include two rail projects, advancing all remaining pathway projects to shovel-ready status, and making crossing safety enhancements to several existing pathway projects as part of the Sonoma County Gap Closure Project. This project includes Santa Rosa to Rohnert Park and Penngrove to Petaluma, a $13.5 million investment, scheduled to be constructed in 2022/23.
"In this economic environment, we should celebrate the allocation of $21.4 million to capital improvement projects," said David Rabbitt, chairman of the SMART Board of Directors, "but it should be noted that this is a result of tightening our belts and running a lean organization."
MTC has provided financial support for SMART, which most recently added a Larkspur extension and downtown Novato station in late 2019.