SMART launches microtransit shuttle to Sonoma County Airport

Charles M. Schulz Airport
Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. County of Sonoma photo.

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) this week launched a microtransit shuttle providing a first and last-mile connection between the SMART Airport Station and the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport and the surrounding business corridor.

The SMART Connect shuttle makes it easy to combine the train with air travel at the Sonoma County Airport while also creating opportunities for commuters to ride the train to work and other destinations in the surrounding area.

Passengers can book a trip on the SMART Connect on demand shuttle with the tap of a button using a mobile app. This on demand model ensures minimal wait times and maximizes convenience for travelers. The shuttle will operate on a flexible route, adapting to the needs of passengers and dynamically adjusting to optimize efficiency by allowing for personalized transportation options. The SMART Connect shuttle is an all-electric, wheelchair-accessible vehicle, equipped with luggage space.

SMART Connect will operates seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The one-way fare is $1.50 for adults, $0.75 for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities (youth K-12 ride free on the train and shuttle from June 1 through Aug. 31, 2023). Passengers will be able to book a trip both in advance and on demand using the Ride Pingo™ app. The shuttle will pick up passengers at the SMART Airport Station, or any address within the approximately 1.5-mile service zone. Airport passengers can catch the shuttle at the bus stop just south of the terminal.

The shuttle’s service zone centers around the Sonoma County Airport (STS) area and includes destinations such as American Ag Credit, Sonoma County Office of Education, Medtronic, Redwood Empire Food Bank, and the Sonoma County Water Agency.

Passengers without a smartphone will be able to book a trip on SMART Connect by calling 800-727-0279, 24 hours, 7 days per week. A customer service agent will provide the estimated shuttle arrival time, along with confirming your pick-up and drop-off locations.

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