California’s SMART operator receives federal grant for rail extension

The U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the award of a USD 22.5 million grant to California’s Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) for the San Rafael to Larkspur commuter rail extension.
The funds will be used to complete the 3.4-km extension connecting SMART’s San Rafael Station to Golden Gate Transit’s Larkspur Ferry terminal, an important link between San Francisco and the North Bay.
“This grant will improve transportation links for the hundreds of thousands of commuters traveling in the Bay Area every day,” U.S. Transport Secretary Elaine Chao said.
SMART began passenger service in August of 2017, covering 69 km from Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael. SMART’s Larkspur extension is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. SMART also plans to extend further north into Windsor, Healdsburg, and Cloverdale.
“Our Larkspur connection is an important link to San Francisco and will connect residents, employers and visitors to Sonoma and Marin counties. It will provide an economic boost for the North Bay and create new opportunities for businesses, tourism and our local communities,” Judy Arnold, vice chairwoman of the SMART Board of Directors said.

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