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More candid photos of the Pilot Car Arrival Ceremony;

Stopped at the station. A scene soon to be oft-repeated

Deputy California Secretary of Transportation Chad Edison at the podium. General Manager Farhad Mansourian at rear.

A "Daruma" doll from Japan, traditionally regarded as a good luck charm and reminder of goals. When first presented, the eyes are vacant. SMART officials and community representatives jointly filled one eye with the goal of earning passenger revenue, it remains to be seen when the other eye may be filled after service opens in 2016.

Congressman Mike Thompson smashes the first of three champagne bottles on the DMU coupler. Congressman Jared Huffman and Director Debra Fudge followed up with additional servings of champagne.

FOX TV (Channel 2) television news crew

(continued in part 3)

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Comment by jbriogrande on April 7, 2015 at 11:32pm

Thankyou for the photos......much appreciated !!!

Comment by Carl O'Connor on April 7, 2015 at 8:53pm
They smashed bottles of champaign and let it leak into the ballast!!! That's ground contamination!!!

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