SMART trains to test new route to Larkspur starting Friday

By Mark Prado
SMART train
Work on the Larkspur SMART station last winter.
Mark Prado

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency will begin overnight testing of its railroad crossing warning equipment and train control systems on its new line to Larkspur starting Friday.

Testing will occur for  two to three weeks between Downtown San Rafael and Larkspur. Testing will occur between 9:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Railroad crossings will be tested multiple times using trains. Train horns will be used at the crossings as required by federal regulations. For updates on the SMART’s testing program and the extension to Larkspur, visit SMART’s website at, or call 707-794-3077.

SMART plans to officially start service to Larkspur later this year. MTC has supported the SMART rail line, which opened on 43 miles of track between Santa Rosa and San Rafael two years ago. Larkspur will be the first extension to open on the rail line.