EDITOR: It was with great disappointment that I read on the front page of Monday's paper ("Chugging along," Monday) that SMART's launch will be further delayed until late 2016. That's three years away.

The SMART right-of-way has long been in place and utilized for train traffic. There are no major engineering or construction challenges. The trains themselves are now being put together and will be delivered in late 2014. So, why the three-year delay? We are told it's "a complicated regulatory process, including obtaining permits to work on track in the wetlands."

This is another example of the dysfunction of our government on all levels. The article cited 15 state, regional and federal agencies that are part of the "regulatory process."

Is there no way to expedite this process? Each delay greatly increases project costs. What is the cost/benefit ratio of this regulatory process on an already existing right-of-way and voter approved rail line?

The regulatory process for SMART seems downright dumb — and costly.

VIC SUARD

Santa Rosa

Comparison of daily consumption per capita in gallons for Sept. 2013 and Sept. 2014

Sweetwater Springs Water District

2013: 92

2014: 71

Change: -22.8

Rohnert Park

2013: 91

2014: 84

Change: -7.7

Santa Rosa

2013: 94

2014: 86

Change: -8.5

Windsor

2013: 109

2014: 87

Change: -20.2

Healdsburg

2013: 158

2014: 118

Change: -25.3

Petaluma

2013: 149

2014: 125

Change: -16.1

Valley of the Moon Water District

2013: 140

2014: 132

Change: -5.7

Sonoma

2013: 144

2014: 148

Change: +2.8

Main Municipal Water District

2013: 119

2014: 100

Change: -16

Ukiah

2013: 134

2014: 101

Change: -24.6

Napa

2013: 121

2014: 108

Change: -10.7

North Marin Water District

2013: 148

2014: 123

Change: -16.9

SOURCE: State Water Resources Control Board