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SMART Train is Ready to Roll with their REVISED Passenger Schedule

May 25, 2017


SMART has released an updated passenger train schedule today that takes into account public feedback, with shorter wait times during peak commute hours.

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART Train) District released its revised passenger train schedule that includes 34 trips each weekday, with more frequent service during peak commute times. The new schedule has the first southbound train pulling out at 4:19 a.m. from the Sonoma County Airport Station, and the first northbound train leaving downtown San Rafael at 5:59 a.m. The last southbound train leaves the Sonoma County Airport Station at 6:49 p.m. and the last northbound train leaves downtown San Rafael at 8:35 p.m. The full 43-mile trip —including stops at all 10 stations— takes 67 minutes. The schedule includes 10 weekend runs on Saturdays and Sundays designed to meet the Larkspur Ferry schedule. 

“Based on the feedback we received from the general public, businesses, and schools, we adjusted our schedule to shorten the wait times during the peak commuting hours,” said SMART Board Chairwoman Debora Fudge. “We also must take into account our current staffing levels, and coordinate with our transit partners so that our passengers can successfully make other public transit connections. It is difficult to find a schedule that works for everyone, but we feel this is a good start. Once we start service and learn more from our customers, and we are able to hire more engineers, we will certainly look at expanding this schedule.”

SMART Train Corridor MAPThe schedule is also timed to connect with SMART’s public transit partners, including Marin TransitSonoma County TransitGolden Gate Transit,Petaluma Transit and Santa Rosa CityBus, to ensure a smooth and seamless commute. SMART’s rail service uses Clipper® cards for fare collection. SMART CORRIDOR MAP

“Working closely with all of our public transit partners, and based on the feedback we received from the public, we added more runs to our schedule including more mid-morning and mid-day runs, and extended the last train runs to be later in the evening,” said SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian. “This schedule is the result of several years of planning, and our recent field tests show we are on the mark in terms of our timing. We are nearing the finish line now.”

SMART’s initial 43-mile passenger service includes stops at 10 stations: Sonoma County Airport; Santa Rosa North; Santa Rosa Downtown; Rohnert Park; Cotati; Petaluma Downtown; Novato San Marin; Novato Hamilton; Marin Civic Center; and San Rafael. SMART is targeting a late spring opening.

SAFETY in Quiet Zones

The district will no longer use train horns at railroad crossings in jurisdictions that have established Quiet Zones, unless there is an emergency.

Quiet Zones have been established in Novato, San Rafael and in theCounty of Marin. SMART anticipates other jurisdictions will also establish Quiet Zones throughout the 43-mile initial route.

For your safety, please:

  • Don’t be distracted: Always be alert and aware around all railroad tracks and
  • Drivers should never stop on the railroad tracks, and never cross the tracks until you are sure you have enough room to make it safely through to the other
  • Do not walk on the railroad tracks. Walking on the tracks is unsafe, and illegal
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SMART Train passenger Schedule


Jul 7, 2017
I took the third run on the first day of the Preview Rides Thursday, June 29. I must say the staff is more than accommodating and the ride was jam-packed with friendly riders. If the train system isn't simply moving people from location to location, it is certainly building community. When approaching Petaluma, take a look at a metal artist's studio to the west side of the train. There are 3 cranes on site with metal works as tall as 30 feet. Anyone know who this is? Have fun on the train and I wish you a seat with delightful, talkative people at the chairs with the tables. Therapets only, so my pug could not make friends that day.

His name is Kevin Clarke. His sculpture caught my eye when I was in Petaluma to ride SMART. The two lions facing the adjacent parking lot are amazing. Michelle, Kevin’s partner, invited me in to take a look around. They are preparing for this year's Burning Man with a tower of metal flowers that shoots flames into the towers. Here's a Facebook post of an event coming up July 15: Summer of Love Flower Tower Party - 6:30 PM - 12 AM on the property at Reared In Steel, 110 Copeland St, Petaluma. It’s a benefit to raise money to complete this sculpture in time for this year’s Burning Man. ~ Vesta
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