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Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Board of Directors OK $103.3 million construction contract

Work on a commuter rail system through Sonoma and Marin counties will begin Tuesday, nearly four years after voters approved a ballot measure to help fund the project and despite current efforts to derail it.

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Board of Directors Monday voted unanimously to approve a $103.3 million contract with Alameda-based Stacy and Witbeck Inc. and Herzog Contracting Corp. to build the first phase of the rail project.

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George Furnanz, chief operating officer of Stacy and Witbeck, said the project initially will create 1,000 jobs. Furnanz said he could not say how many of those hires will be from the North Bay, despite assurances from SMART officials at a press conference last Thursday that project managers would have that information.

"It's tough to do," Furnanz said of such estimates.

He said project managers will track those numbers "as we go."

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