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SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit)

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is coming to Novato in 2016 with two stations--one at San Marin/Atherton and the other at Hamilton. More info on SMART. The City of Novato is coordinating efforts with SMART as they make improvements to their facilities to allow for passenger trains. Please click here for construction updates.

Quiet Zone information: Staff presentation to City Council on Sep. 25, 2012 and the related Powerpoint presentation; SMART info on Quiet Zones; City FAQ on Quiet Zones for Novato

UPDATE: On Sept. 23, 2014, the City Council discussed Quiet Zones (video of meeting and associated staff report). The City supports the establishment of Quiet Zones, and is currently researching the extent of the City's liability if the zones were to be established. Staff plans to come back with more information by or before the end of March 2015.

SMART Station/platform design: On Sept 9, 2014, the City Council discussed the design for the two proposed SMART stations, and compiled the collective feedback from the public and Council and sent a response to SMART on Sep. 15, 2014.

On March 10, 2015, the City Council discussed two station design options and names for the two Novato stations. See staff report.

Redwood & Grant Transit Improvement Project

Proposed reconstruction of the bus facility on Redwood Blvd.

The Redwood and Grant Transit Improvement Project is a proposed redesign and reconstruction of the bus facility that lies within the median on Redwood Boulevard between Grant and De Long Avenues. The facility serves as a critical bus transfer facility in Marin County as well as the gateway to Downtown Novato. The purpose of the proposed renovation to this facility is to create better operational improvements for the transit service providers--Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit, enhance passenger safety and security, and improve the surrounding area for pedestrian and bicycle access to this facility. Marin Transit is the project lead and is working with Golden Gate Transit and the City of Novato on this project in Downtown Novato.

For additional information on this project, please see the factsheet. You can also visit the website that Marin Transit has prepared for this project:

A joint letter from Marin Transit and Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District with a summary of the project development is available here.

Hamilton Fields Sports Complex

Hamilton Air Force Base was decommissioned in 1974 and made available for redevelopment. The Hamilton Master Plan adopted by the City for a 414-acre planned mixed-use community included the Hamilton Community Park designated for the former base landfill (Landfill 26) and adjacent former ammunition bunker area, comprising about 81 acres. The former landfill and buffer area was retained by the Army (48 acres), and adjacent property was deeded to the City of Novato by the federal government for recreational use.

The Hamilton Fields proposal entails only development of the Army property (former landfill).  There is no proposal for development of the City property, other than creation of an access road to the Hamilton Fields project and maintenance levee to allow abandonment of the current Todd’s Road, a portion of the Community Park and a Baylands interpretive center. Read more

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