Can you believe it’s been a year-and-a-half since SMART made its maiden voyage in the summer of 2017, July 4th weekend when the train offered free rides to a swath of enthusiastic passengers?
Many folks have ventured out to take the train as commuters or easily jaunt down to Petaluma. Recently, I met a couple riding up from Petaluma to one of their favorite restaurants in Santa Rosa’s quaint Railroad Square, simply because they didn’t want to drink and drive.
As SMART anchors itself within the fabric of our community, citizens are beginning to take notice. Change is good, yet for some, the unknown harbors a bit of anxious anticipation.
In this news brief video, Good to Know highlights the progress and answers many questions most locals have asked about SMART’s ease of accessibility for years.
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit began official service along the initial 43-mile corridor from the Sonoma County Airport station to San Rafael in August of 2017.
Fares include a $9.50 one-way, or $19 round-trip ticket from downtown Santa Rosa to San Rafael with incrementally adjusted fees for shorter routes.
When inside the train, it feels like stepping into a brand-new Cadillac. Even as it barrels along the track at a top speed of 79 mph, SMART moves gracefully for machinery weighing 160 tons.
Wondering how to scoot around town once you disembark at your desired station?
The Santa Rosa Transit Mall is located less than a ¼-mile east of the station in Downtown Santa Rosa and is served by Santa Rosa City Bus, Golden Gate Transit, Sonoma County Transit and Mendocino Transit.
On Saturday, September 2, 2017, Golden Gate Transit (GGT) began operating Route 31, the Wave shuttle, between the San Rafael Transit Center and Larkspur Ferry Terminal – connecting Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) trains with Golden Gate Ferries (GGF).
The free shuttle service runs daily, connecting seven trips in each direction on weekdays and three trips in each direction on weekends.
Route 31 trips are timed to SMART and Golden Gate Ferry schedules, not to bus schedules at the San Rafael Transit Center.
Traffic around the San Rafael Transit Center and the SMART station can be very busy. Riders are reminded to always use the designated crosswalks when walking between the two locations.
Connections between SMART, GGT & GGF
Shuttle Fares & Transfers
The Wave shuttle service is FREE for Larkspur Ferry riders when customers tag their Clipper card as they board and exit the shuttle. Fares for passengers who do not ride the Ferry is $1.80 (adult Clipper), $2.00 (adult cash), and $1.00 (youth, senior, disabled).
GGT accepts SMART transfers for a $1.50 fare credit for adults ($0.75 for youth/senior/disabled). SMART accepts GGT transfers for a $1.50 fare credit for adults ($1.25 for youths, $0.75 for senior/disabled). Fare credits are only issued when using a Clipper card – NO fare credits are issued when using SMART eTickets.
SMART officials say construction completion is progressing according to plan, and the connection to Larkspur Ferry should be complete by Christmas of 2019.
-by Courtney Paige