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SMART Service Begins on August 25
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District announced today that it has received the green light from the Federal Railroad Administration to begin full passenger train service. SMART train service will begin on August 25, and will be free of charge on opening day. In celebration of the start of service, SMART will host a community grand opening event at 9am at its Santa Rosa Downtown Station, 7 Fourth Street at Historic Railroad Square, and will begin running the full service schedule at 12:49pm.
After opening day, SMART fares will be 50 percent off the regular price through Labor Day, September 4 with regular fares in place on September 5. Under SMART’s fare structure, commuters can purchase 31-day passes at significant discounts, and seniors, youth and passengers with disabilities receive 50 percent off fares. SMART uses Clipper® cards, the same payment system used by other Bay Area transit providers, for a seamless trip. SMART will run 34 trips each weekday, and 10 trips on weekends.
In connection with SMART’s start of service, several public transit agencies have developed new routes or adjusted existing ones to coordinate with the train’s schedule. SMART passengers receive transfer credits to make their connections when using Golden Gate Transit, Marin Transit, Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, or Sonoma County Transit.
For more information about SMART, please visit sonomamarintrain.org.