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Sonoma-Marin rail agency re-elects chairwoman and vice-chairwoman

Board members of the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit authority on Wednesday re-elected their chairwoman and vice chairwoman to new two-year terms, an indication that the 12-member board is confident in the leadership of the agency tasked with building the North Bay’s commuter line.

Marin County Supervisor Judy Arnold will remain SMART’s chairwoman, a position she has held since January 2013, when she took over from retiring Sonoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown. Barbara Pahre, who represents Napa County on the Golden Gate Bridge District, was re-elected as vice chairwoman.

“I really feel like SMART just began two years ago,” Arnold said. “Everyone on this board has something unique to offer. The next two years are going to be difficult, but very rewarding.”

SMART officials say commuter rail service between Santa Rosa and San Rafael will start by the end of 2016. Crews are currently working on tracks in Marin County. Extensions of the line south to Larkspur and north to Cloverdale remain unfunded.

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