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SMART – Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit

SMART is the Bay Area’s newest transit agency, having launched passenger service between Santa Rosa and San Rafael in August 2017.

SMART Rail Construction near Hamilton Station in Novato
Noah Berger
SMART Rail Construction near Hamilton Station in Novato.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SMART Extensions

Following the opening of the 43-mile first segment in August 2017, SMART is working to extend service south to Larkspur. Service to Larkspur is expected to begin in 2019. The city of Novato will also see service to a downtown station in 2019. There are also plans to extend service north from the Sonoma County Airport station to Windsor, Healdsburg and Cloverdale.

SMART  features two- and three-car trains powered by clean diesel engines reaching a top speed of 79 mph.

Fasters Trains, Quicker Commute

Including stops, SMART's travel speed averages about 40 mph, covering the Santa Rosa-San Rafael corridor in about one hour.

SMART’s start marks the return of passenger rail service to Sonoma and Marin counties for the first time since the 1950s.

The SMART corridor also will feature a bicycle/pedestrian path running alongside the rail tracks. This pathway will be developed in phases.

SMART construction is funded mainly through the Measure Q transportation sales tax approved by Marin County and Sonoma County voters in 2008. 

Other funding partners include:

  • MTC / BATA
  • Sonoma County Transportation Authority
  • Transportation Authority of Marin
  • Federal Transit Administration
  • California Department of Transportation

From north to south, stations opening as part of SMART’s first phase include:

  • Sonoma County Airport
  • Santa Rosa – Guerneville Road
  • Santa Rosa – Railroad Square
  • Rohnert Park
  • Cotati
  • Petaluma
  • Novato – San Marin/Atherton
  • Novato – Hamilton
  • San Rafael – Marin Civic Center
  • San Rafael – Downtown

The only way to pay fares on SMART will be with the MTC-managed Clipper® card.

Travelers can use Clipper vending machines at SMART stations to:

  • Buy a Clipper card
  • Check  the balance on a card
  • Add value to a card
  • Load passes or other fare products on a card.