Testing and Construction Updates

This page will be updated periodically with information about SMART system wide testing or 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 train and systems related problem or to ask a question,
please call our Project Hotline: 707-794-3077

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TRAIN TAND SYSTEM WIDE TESTING HAS BEGUN 

Visit the Testing Overview webpage to learn more.

Please note: this is an active railroad. SMART trains and maintenance equipment run from Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa to Downtown San Rafael at any time. Additionally, freight trains operates from near Hwy 37 in Novato northward as far as Windsor. Please remember – 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 THERE ARE NO SCHEDULED CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS
Currently, there are no meetings scheduled. Please stay tuned for future meeting announcements.

RIGHT-OF-WAY PREPARATION/MAINTENANCE
ONGOING: Rail Scrubbing – As a part of routine track maintenance rust must be kept off of the steel rail to ensure optimal connection between railcars 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., north of Santa Rosa to Downtown San Rafael between the hours of 7:00 PM – 6:00 AM.

TRACK RECONSTRUCTION
43 miles of track reconstruction has been completed.

GRADE CROSSING UPGRADES
63 railroad crossings have been upgraded.  

STATION CONSTRUCTION
Station construction is nearly complete. All platforms have been constructed and SMART is currently installing Clipper Card Machines.

PATHWAY
Bicycle/pedestrian Pathway is currently under construction. Pathway segments constructed by SMART focuses on connecting with existing segments and connecting with stations.

TUNNELS
The 135-year old Puerto Suello train tunnel has been restored and upgraded.

BRIDGES

49 bridges have been repaired or rebuilt.

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).