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.