SMART Rail & Pathway
SMART Train & Pathway Update
February 28, 2013

As Spring approaches, progress on the SMART train & pathway continues!
This newsletter includes links to more details on our progress to date.  We hope you enjoy these updates -- and remember to Like Us on Facebook for ongoing updates and construction photos. 
 Progress Update on SMART Pathway
Walk Bike Ride Logo The SMART Pathway system will link new segments to be built by SMART with existing and already planned segments to create one of the longest continuous bicycle-pedestrian pathways in the United States.


SMART staff presented a Pathway Progress Report to the SMART Board and the public at the February SMART board meeting (you can also view video of the presentation here).
The report includes an overview of project milestones and their status, the process leading from design to construction, and next steps as we continue to work on this vital element of the integrated train and pathway project. 
Recent Project News
Recent construction milestones include 14 miles of new track and 22 upgraded crossings completed, and repair or replacement of 5 bridges. SMART's contractor Stacy Witbeck/ Herzog reports that approximately 57% of work hours on the project are local labor -- and in addition, more than $5.8 million has been spent with local businesses to date.
The contract for communications systems and Positive Train Control has been awarded, and the next major design-build contract is expected to be awarded this Spring. This contract includes 7 Pathway segments, track and tunnel improvements from Marin Civic Center to Downtown San Rafael, replacement of the Haystack Bridge, SMART's Operations & Maintenance Facility and station finishes.
We continue to leverage your local Measure Q dollars to attract more state and federal funding to the train and pathway, with dozens of grant applications in the works.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) recently programmed $19 million in  federal funds for an additional two-car trainset and track improvements to extend Phase 1 north to Airport Blvd. in Santa Rosa.  At its March 4 meeting, Sonoma County Transportation Authority will consider a recommendation to MTC to program an additional $1.33 million in federal funds to the SMART Pathway.
For more, see the General Manager's report from the February board meeting.
Rail Safety Tips
Crossbuck lightsDid you know? Flashing lights at a railroad crossing are the same as a red light at a traffic signal.  Whether driving, walking or biking, always come to a complete stop when the lights start to flash and the warning device sounds.
Remember that you should never enter an intersection, including the railroad right of way, at a crossing if there is stopped traffic ahead.  Never stop on right of way or try to 'beat the train' by going under or around crossing gates.
SMART is working in partnership with Operation LIfesaver, a national non-profit dedicated to rail safety education. The national Operation LIfesaver website contains a wealth of resources and information on rail safety for a variety of ages and audiences.
You can also request a safety presentation for your group or organization through the California Operation Lifesaver website.
In This Issue
Quick Links
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Event Calendar
You may have seen us recently at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair!  Look for SMART at these upcoming community events:
Sonoma Safety Pals School presentations - Windsor, March 7 & 8
Impact Marin Conference, San Rafael, April 3
Earth Day Marin Festival, Marin Civic Center, April 21
Petaluma Butter & Eggs Day, April 27
Recent Press Releases
SMART Board of Directors Elects New Chair & Vice Chair
Press Release
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