Construction Updates

This page will be updated periodically with information about elements of SMART construction activities that may affect local roadways or neighborhoods. Items are added as they are scheduled by SMART’s contractors and are subject to change. Please visit this page frequently.

To report a construction related problem or to ask a question,
please call our Project Hotline: 855-312-7444

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TRAIN TESTING HAS BEGUN Visit the Testing Overview webpage to learn more.

Please note: this is an active railroad. Freight operates from near Hwy 37 in Novato and northward as far as Windsor. Additionally, SMART trains or maintenance equipment may run from Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa to Downtown San Rafael at any time.
Always Expect a Train.

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Safety is SMART’s highest priority and we are working hard to maximize safety during our construction phase. Please do your part by following detour instructions and staying clear of all construction equipment and activities.

The only safe and legal place to cross the tracks is at designated railroad crossings.  Visit www.BeTrackSMART.org to connect to SMART’s rail safety resources, schedule a FREE rail safety presentation and take the rail safety quiz.

SMART construction is funded by Measure Q, passed by SMART District voters in 2008, as well as grants from these funding partners:

CURRENTLY SCHEDULED CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES:
Note:  Dates and times are current estimates and are subject to change as schedules are subject to weather and permitting conditions.  In general, work will occur in specific sections for a few days at a time, with more extended work periods at bridges.  General construction hours are between 7am and 7pm.  This page is updated weekly.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS
As part of the ongoing construction project to improve the tracks in preparation for passenger rail service, pre-construction information meetings have been held in a variety of locations along the project corridor in advance of construction
.  Currently, there are no meetings scheduled. Please stay tuned for future meeting announcements.

RIGHT-OF-WAY PREPARATION/MAINTENANCE
Clearing of brush, trees and vegetation to comply with federally-required safety clearances for train operations.

  • ONGOING: Rail Scrubbing – As a part of routine track maintenance rust must be kept off of the steel rail to ensure optimal connection between the train car and the railroad crossing signal system. This maintenance work is performed by a Rail Scrubber. Scrubbing of the rail will periodically be performed throughout the course of a night from the Airport Blvd to Downtown San Rafael Phase-1 section of railroad, between the hours of 7:00 PM – 6:00 AM.

TRACK RECONSTRUCTION
Removal of old track, ties and ballast; installation of new steel rail, concrete ties, ballast and track switches, rebuilding from the sub-grade up.

GRADE CROSSING UPGRADES
Replacement of local road crossings at the track with concrete panels for improved passage by the walking, driving and biking public. 

  • Roadway medians will be installed/repaired to make railroad crossings “quiet zone ready” at the following locations:
      • Penngrove | Main Street/Woodward Ave

STATION CONSTRUCTION
Station construction is underway. Crews will start in Downtown San Rafael and work their way northward. The various phases of station construction will be ongoing at each station site from Dec 2015 – Sept 2016.

PATHWAY
Bicycle/pedestrian Pathway construction, which links segments constructed by SMART with existing segments and other partner projects to create the SMART Pathway System.

TUNNELS
Improvement of existing railroad tunnel structures.

BRIDGES
Improvement or replacement of existing railroad bridge structures.

  • Dec 29, 2014  - Jan, 2016 | Haystack Bridge, Petaluma: Grading around piers and abutments, concrete work and foundations, erect bridge, test bridge systems, cut-over to new bridge, removal of old bridge, and track construction.

SYSTEMS INFRASTRUCTURE
Installation of ductbank, conduit, fiber optic and other in-ground elements related to the communications and train control systems, within the SMART right-of-way. In addition, this includes the Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF).