PROGRESS CONTINUES ON THE SMART RAIL & PATHWAY PROJECT!
Five major construction contracts are injecting more than $250 million into the economy, to deliver the most significant infrastructure improvement project in the North Bay in generations.
PHASE 1 EXPANDS
- Successful pursuit of over $71 million in regional, state and federal grants for both rail and pathway segments means that Phase 1 will now serve 10 stations along 43 miles.
- Phase 1 passenger service from Airport Blvd. in Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael begins in late 2016 – with active pursuit of funding for the Larkspur Extension in the works now, and numerous opportunities for additional rail and pathway segments being explored.
- Sales tax revenue is up as the economy has steadily recovered – and thanks to all of the above, the $438 million project budget remains balanced even with the dramatically expanded scope.
- 41.5 miles of new track, crossings, bridges and signal improvements are complete. In partnership with the City of Santa Rosa, a new Pathway segment is open between 8th St. and College Ave.
- The 2015 construction season is underway, with a focus on completing the construction work from 2014 – track reconstruction, the Puerto Suello Tunnel in San Rafael, the Haystack Bridge over the Petaluma River, and the Operations and Maintenance Facility.
- Key construction milestones over the next year include completing the remaining track, bridge and tunnel construction, seven segments of Pathway for station access, completion of systems & signal work, and station platforms & finishes.
THERE’S A TRAIN COMING TO TOWN
- SMART’s first two two-car train sets have arrived and are currently undergoing rigorous testing at the SMART Operations and Maintenance Facility and on the SMART corridor. Testing will include full implementation of the new state-of-the-art in train safety system – Positive Train Control.
- All seven of the two-car train set SMART Train vehicles will be delivered later in the fall of 2015. Additionally, SMART recently received a grant from the State of California to purchase three middle (C-cars), enabling SMART to operate three-car train sets during peak commute hours.
- Looking ahead, 2016 will bring final operating and service plans and schedules, completion of regulatory testing requirements and the ramp-up to the start of service.
For questions about construction, call our toll-free project information line at: (855) 312-7444.
The SMART train and pathway will provide a new backbone for regional transportation with improved options for all North Bay residents.
SMART construction is funded by Measure Q, passed by voters in 2008, along with grants from these funding partners:
AT SMART, SAFETY IS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY
Now is the time to remember the most important train safety rule:
ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN!
For some of us, rail activity on the tracks is a brand new experience. Remember, this is an active rail line!
- Work trains and construction equipment are actively operating at all times of the day.
- Freight operations began in 2011 after a 10 year hiatus.
- Testing of SMART’s new railcars will begin in 2014.
CROSS ONLY AT DESIGNATED PUBLIC CROSSINGS
- The only safe place to cross railroad tracks is at a public crossing, designated by the “crossbuck” sign.
- Never walk or drive around lowered gates at a crossing. Wait to cross until the gate is raised and the lights have stopped flashing.
TRACKS ARE FOR TRAINS – NOT FOR GAMES
- Tracks, trestles, rail yards and equipment are off limits. It is illegal to walk, jog, bike or enter the track right of way anywhere except at a public crossing.
- Besides being subject to fines, trespassers endanger their lives, and the lives of others.
- If you are near tracks and crossings, put your electronics – cell phone calls, texting and headphones – away.