Free Compliments of our Advertisers
Sonoma County Gazette
Larkspur Landing Ferry
Larkspur Landing Ferry to San Francisco

SMART Train will build link to Larkspur Ferry

Jun 21, 2017


The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) has awarded the contract to build the Larkspur Extension and is expected to be completed in early 2019. The $36.3 million contract includes construction of the 2.2 mile extension, the center platform station, two new bridges, rebuilding a trestle, and interim improvements to the Bettini Transit Center in downtown San Rafael. Construction on the extension will begin later this summer and is expected to be completed in early 2019.

“This is an important milestone for us,” said SMART Board Chairwoman Debora Fudge. “This extension provides a link to the Larkspur Ferry and will connect SMART passengers with employment centers, entertainment, recreation and all of the benefits San Francisco has to offer. It will also connect visitors and others coming from San Francisco with the North Bay, showcasing our local shops, employers, wineries, restaurants and more.” 

While work on the Larkspur Extension is underway, SMART and Golden Gate Transit have partnered to offer SMART passengers FREE bus service from its San Rafael station to the Larkspur Ferry terminal.

SMART’s initial passenger train service covers 43 miles, from northern Santa Rosa near the Sonoma County Airport to downtown San Rafael, with 10 stations in key locations including Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma, Novato and the Marin Civic Center. SMART is offering FREE introductory Preview Rides, while waiting for final approval from the Federal Railroad Administration to begin full passenger service shortly.

For more information about SMART, visit


Jun 24, 2017
Can't wait to ride!
- Deborah Waller
Jul 8, 2017
I've been waiting so long for this wonderful train. Let's hope it helps alleviate the traffic!
- Leigh McCutcheon
Jul 9, 2017
Personally, I believe it WILL alleviate at least SOME of the traffic. When I was riding this week - one of the FREE Rides - we passed people stopped in the Novato Narrows as we sailed past. That has to have some appeal! if you haven't taken the free ride yet - do it soon: SMART Train offers FREE Rides in July:
- Vesta Copestakes
Jul 27, 2017
I look forward to taking the train and if it goes to the ferry, that would be really useful.
- Janet Jenkins

Login to Make a Comment

Please support our sponsors:

Please use the Gazette's Guide to find LOCALLY-OWNED Garden Businesses to support Sonoma County's environmental and economic health and vitality.

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center - The Time of your Life

Apr 6, 13, & 14 @ 7:30pm
Apr 8 & 15 @ 2pm
Cloverdale Performing
Arts Center

209 N. Cloverdale Blvd.
Call for Tickets 707-894-3222

Bike Logo

Call 855-483-3732 to find out about Folding, Cargo & BionX Bikes. Perfect for a SMART Train Ride!

Fine Tree Care - Sonoma County Tree Services
Flower Shops and Florists of Sonoma County

Please support locally-owned businesses and tell them the Gazette sent you - THANK YOU!

Locally-Owned Jewelry Businesses in Sonoma County

Find Goldsmiths and Jewelers who create custom designs, offer jewelry repair, estate appraisals, and gems.