SMART: Revving Up Our Economic Engine
Creating 1,200 jobs in 2012
SMART means more than just train engines. We are creating an economic engine for the North Bay. We’re working hard to put SMART on the tracks, build a parallel SMART bike and pedestrian path, and along the way, prime the pump of our economy by bringing jobs to the North Bay.
To date, the SMART Board of Directors has awarded construction contracts totaling more than $300 million, creating local jobs to build Phase I between North Santa Rosa and San Rafael.
With bids coming in lower than expected – and some tough negotiating in this economic climate – we have added 3 more stations to Phase I than originally anticipated, also extending Phase 1 north to Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa.
SMART is also attracting tens of millions of dollars in regional, state and federal funds that will augment both rail service and the pathway and will flow to local contractors.
Our job is to get SMART done and get it done right, amidst the worst recession since the 1930s. Pardon our dust as we deliver your train and pathway project.