Clean & Green

SMART: The Green Light for the North Bay

Building for a Better Environment

In the North Bay, we understand that climate change is real. We know we all have a personal responsibility to help save our planet. We try to save water, buy green energy, recycle religiously, and do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint.

Today, it is virtually impossible to get around Sonoma County and Marin County without relying heavily on our cars. That’s where SMART comes in.

SMART will offer two ways to get off Highway 101 and save on greenhouse gases. First, we have ordered 14 clean-diesel, energy-efficient trains that will run at a top speed of 79 miles per hour from Cloverdale to Larkspur, with a first phase from Santa Rosa to San Rafael. Second, SMART includes a bike and pedestrian path system that will accompany train service, allowing bicyclists to commute throughout the North Bay for the first time ever.

It won’t happen overnight, but in the midst of the worst recession in 50 years, North Bay residents and businesses are moving forward to create a cleaner, greener North Bay. In 2016, we are planning to complete Phase I between Santa Rosa and San Rafael.

In 2008, you gave the green light to SMART when you approved Measure Q with almost 70% of the vote. In 2016, SMART will bring light to the end of the tunnel with a green alternative to Highway 101. We know you can’t wait, and neither can we.