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SMART Train offers FREE Rides in July

Jun 30, 2017


The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District will provide eight free Preview Rides for the public this month, offering passengers an advance look at the North Bay’s new passenger train system. SMART will offer Preview Rides with a special schedule on:

July 8 (Saturday)

July 9 (Sunday)

July 13 (Thursday)

July 15 (Saturday)

July 16 (Sunday)

July 19 (Wednesday)

July 22 (Saturday)

July 23 (Sunday)

Preview Rides will run on a special schedule covering the full 43-mile route, from Sonoma County Airport to downtown San Rafael, and stop at all of SMART’s 10 stations. The public can get on and off at any station. Preview Service southbound begins at the Sonoma County Airport station at 8 a.m., and trains will run south every three hours at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Preview Service northbound begins at the San Rafael station at 9:30 a.m. with trains going north every three hours at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (See schedule below).

Space on all Preview Rides is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and trains will depart promptly, so please arrive at stations early.


Sonoma County Airport, 1130 Airport Boulevard, Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa North, 1500 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Downtown, 7 4th Street (Railroad Square), Santa Rosa

Rohnert Park,  900 Enterprise Drive, Rohnert Park

Cotati,  980 East Cotati Avenue, Cotati

Petaluma Downtown,  220 Lakeville Street (Depot at Petaluma Visitors Center -adjacent to Petaluma Transit Mall on Copeland Street), Petaluma

Novato San Marin,  7700 Redwood Boulevard, Novato

Novato Hamilton,  10 Main Gate Road, Novato

Marin Civic Center,  3801 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael

San Rafael -  680 3rd Street (Bettini Transit Center), San Rafael

For more information about Preview Rides, preview schedules, and stations, visit

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) free ride schedule


Jul 7, 2017
Good information and I hope to do a trial run sometime this month to see what the train is all about. How long until it makes it to Larkspur ferry?

We published an article on the contract to build it: SMART Train will build link to Larkspur Ferry which said the Larkspur Extension and is expected to be completed in early 2019. ~ Vesta
- Lydia Villescas

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