Joyous Crowd Celebrates SMART Launch
Federal, state, regional and local dignitaries gathered in Santa Rosa on August 25, 2017, for the Grand Opening celebration for SMART — Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit. The highlight was a Daruma ceremony — in which officials filled in the second eye of an oversized Japanese wish doll to signify the realization of the SMART dream — after which there was a ribbon-cutting and an inaugural train ride. The roster of speakers included MTC Chair Jake Mackenzie and MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger. Running from the Sonoma County Airport to downtown San Rafael, the 43-mile transit line is designed to ease traffic on US 101.