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SMART Train Celebrates Opening Day in Railroad Square - SANTA ROSA

Aug 22, 2017


Join SMART Fans and Staff on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Santa Rosa Downtown SMART Station at 7 Fourth Street in Historic Railroad Square to celebrate the start of SMART’s new passenger rail service.

FREE Commemorative SMART T-shirt and a FREE Clipper card while supplies last!

SMART and Clipper will have outreach booths at the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa Rosa CityBus and the Historic Railroad Square Association will also have booths at the event.
SMART’s Grand Opening celebration includes food, entertainment, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony with key dignitaries and a short inaugural train ride. Following the ceremony, SMART will launch its full passenger service beginning with the 12:49 p.m. run originating from the Sonoma County Airport Station.

Service will be free of charge on opening day.

Please arrive early, as parking is limited. Additional parking is available at the City of Santa Rosa’s 7th Street garage at regular rates. Free shuttle service will be available to and from the 7th Street garage between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Sonoma County Bike Coalition will provide free bike valet service. For more information on bike valet service, click here. And learn how to BRING YOUR BIKE on SMART by SCBC staffers Alisha O’Loughlin and Eris Weaver rode the train last week to scope out accessibility for bicycles. 

Celebrate  with SMART all weekend

Following opening day, SMART staff will also be at all 10 stations on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 to provide information and distribute SMART commemorative giveaways while supplies last. SMART staff will be at stations in Sonoma County from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and at Marin County stations from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
SMART fares after opening day will be 50 percent off the regular price for everyone through Labor Day, September 4. Regular fares will be in place on September 5, with seniors, youth and passengers with disabilities continuing to receive 50 percent discounts.

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is the San Francisco Bay Area’s newest transportation option for travel, offering passenger rail service in Sonoma and Marin counties. SMART’s initial 43 miles of rail corridor includes 10 stations, from the Sonoma County Airport to Downtown San Rafael, and connects SMART passengers with jobs, education centers, retail hubs, and housing. 

CLICK HERE for a wealth of information how to ride our trains, where to park and more'

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Aug 23, 2017
I'm so excited to go on the train! I do hope they extend to Larkspur Landing so we can continue on the ferry to San Francisco!
- Janet Jenkins

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