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SMART #101 led a 3-car train set into the Petaluma station during the free round-trip preview rides on Thursday, June 29, 2017. This particular train, which arrived here at 2:19pm, was full, and only a handful of people waiting on the platform were allowed to board after a few riders disembarked. Yours truly managed to squeeze in to standing room conditions for the ride south to the Civic Center station in San Rafael.

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Comment by Ron Close on July 1, 2017 at 9:07pm

Don:  I parked in the new fenced, unpaved lot accessible from E. Washington St., adjacent to the Visitors Center.

Scott:  Sorry I missed you - we'll connect next time!

Dave S.:  Actually, I didn't have to move an inch, as the middle car stopped directly in front of me.  Naturally, I allowed women, children, and anyone less physically able than me first crack at it...before I elbowed my way in!  ;-)) 

Comment by Don Underwood on July 1, 2017 at 12:58am

Curious to know how you got to Petaluma station.  If by car, where did you park?  Thanks.

Comment by Jennifer on June 30, 2017 at 5:20pm

I'm delighted.  The day finally came!  Bravo!

Comment by Scott Kremer on June 30, 2017 at 5:15pm

I was on that train as well.... It was stupid full, but a very nice ride. I think I saw you on the platform at the Civic Center... Would have introduced my self but I wasn't sure. Great picture. 

Comment by Dave S. on June 30, 2017 at 12:04pm

So you took this picture, then ran in front of all those people as the train arrived and elbowed you way in, leaving them behind?  :)

Hard to believe this is finally happening:  The long wait for SMART is nearly over.  I hope to ride it in the next month or so -- the entire length and back.  Afterwards, maybe I will have a few pictures that are worth posting here.

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