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They will received this amount over a "three year period" and will use it "for operating the new passenger train service."
Hopefully that means that two county sales tax income will be reapplied to extending the line.
NORTH BAY, CA – The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District was awarded $10.5 million in funding Tuesday, which will be used for operating its new passenger train service.
The funding, which will be distributed over a three-year period, is administered by the California State Transportation Agency as part of the State Rail Assistance program and is funded by Senate Bill 1. SMART was among seven recipients to receive a portion of the $51.9 million in rail assistance funding.
"This funding will allow us to continue to add more trips to our existing service schedule," said Debora Fudge, chairwoman of SMART's board of directors. "SB 1 funding will help ensure that we continue to grow so that we can meet the increasing demand for transportation alternatives in the North Bay."
SMART increased its passenger rail service to 34 trips each weekday and 10 trips on Saturdays and Sundays with the passage of the bill in April 2017.
Due to growing demand and passenger feedback, in January, SMART added a third rail car to busy morning and afternoon commuter runs. SMART had already operated three-car train service departing south from the Sonoma County airport station since early November.
"As SMART ridership continues to grow, we will always be looking for ways to better serve North Bay residents," SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian said at the time.
SMART has carried more than 300,000 passengers since launching its passenger service in August 2017.
SMART currently covers a 43-mile corridor with stations in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma, Novato and San Rafael. Construction on the Larkspur extension is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Funding is being secured to continue north to Windsor, Healdsburg and Cloverdale.
Don't know patch.com but they are a classic case of how to plagiarize. This is the same text that SMART sent to me earlier today. The only difference is the last sentence: "Funding is being secured to continue north to Windsor, Healdsburg and Cloverdale."
I can only hope that is a true addition.
You didn't specify your news source, so I went looking and found the Patch article. I see now that it came from a press release on the SMART website:
It's not plagiarism if a press-release is republished. In fact, that's the idea -- SMART wants to get the word out there, so no need to criticize Patch.com.
I assume you are on the SMART email list and that's how you were initially informed of this item.
Finally, the wording of that last sentence probably changed. "Funding is being secured ..." sounds like a sure thing, whereas the current wording "SMART is continuing to work on securing the funds ..." indicates that it's not a sure thing. I believe that the sentence was reworked after initial publication because the words "continuing" and "continue" both appear, a sign to me that someone agonized for some time over the phraseology of that sentence.
patch.com is a the local level news from larger papers in the area. It's not plagarism.
To Chad (who I highly respect) and his question about rebuilding the RoW south of the San Rafael station, I walked that area last month. That area today is a busy piece of pavement for Marin bus lines and any reconstruction work will create a major disruption for the existing bus transit system.
I think that SMART is living up to their name by not digging there until they have their funding secured for the Larkspur link.
Hope this helps.