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Special Coverage: Smart Service
SMART train looks east toward Solano
At Suisun City, SMART would connect with the national rail system, as envisioned in the 2018 California State Rail Plan.
Commuters finding a SMARTer way to get to work
'I am beyond stoked about it,' says Leif Swensen, a Petaluma SMART commuter, echoing what many riders interviewed had to say about the month-old rail system.
How many people are riding SMART? Turns out, a lot more than expected
The first three weeks of operation for the new commuter train showed the rail line has continued to attract weekend riders in far greater numbers than initially anticipated.
Survey reveals where most SMART riders are going, other surprises
An updated ridership report showed an average of 2,651 riders on weekdays from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, close to the system’s forecast of 3,000 weekday riders.
6 homes available now within walking distance to SMART stations
Dream of a carless commute? Take a look at these homes for sale near SMART stations.
SMART's biggest test now ahead
The North Bay’s passenger rail line was forged out of a hard-won political compromise and approved by voters at the outset of a severe economic recession. Now it begins its biggest test.
LeBaron: Your ticket to North Bay rail before SMART
Well into the 20th century, everyone went everywhere in the North Bay by train. SMART’s launch provides a chance to look back at that era.
What it’s like to ride the SMART train
Have you wondered what it's like to ride a train through Sonoma County? Take a look at video of SMART's inaugural ride on the first day of full passenger service.
All aboard! SMART service kicks off in Sonoma County
Hundreds of people celebrated the official opening of SMART with a pomp-filled event at Santa Rosa’s downtown rail station full of speeches by local politicians, live music, and free rides for the public.
15 fun things to do close to SMART stations
From Santa Rosa to San Rafael, here are more than a dozen things to do near SMART stations.
PD Editorial: The train returns to the North Bay
Today, almost six decades after train service ended in the North Bay, passenger rail returns as SMART begins service between Santa Rosa and San Rafael.
SMART service officially gets rolling today. Here's what you need to know
The return of passenger rail service to the North Bay after 59 years will be marked with a ceremony expected to draw large crowds to Santa Rosa’s downtown station.
What you can and can't do on the SMART train
Bikes? Yes. Your own booze? No. With SMART finally starting service Friday, take a look at what you can and can't do on the train.
SMART train gears up for first week of service
SMART begins service Friday, nine years after North Bay voters gave it a go-ahead. Here’s the outlook on a big week ahead and what lies beyond for the rail system.
Excited about SMART's official start? Here's what you need to know
From how much a ride costs to where to buy tickets, here are some essential things to know before the start of SMART service on Aug. 25.
'New era' looms as SMART to roll out full service next week
The North Bay’s long-awaited passenger train will begin full service Aug. 25, a day when commuters, travelers and everyone else can ride the refurbished rails for free.
Downtown Santa Rosa parking rates are going up
City officials are hoping that higher rates in the heart of downtown will free up parking spaces on crowded streets.
SMART advances plans for bike, pedestrian path along tracks
SMART officials have moved forward with bike and pedestrian paths in Petaluma and Rohnert Park.
New bus routes launched to serve SMART trains
Sonoma County has debuted bus routes designed to sync up with trains, along with two 'last-mile' shuttles for employees in and near Santa Rosa.
'Concessionistas' to offer food service aboard SMART trains
Becoming Independent was selected by Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit to be its exclusive concessionaire aboard the trains.
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