To streamline the construction of a new commuter train system, SMART has been given the freedom to design its stations in Marin and Sonoma counties without going through the design review process in each municipality along the route, according to a report in the .
With a bill signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown, the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit authority can call the shots, likely resulting in speeding up the construction process by months, the IJ reported.
Were you itching to participate in the discussion? You still can at upcoming SMART meetings. There will also be a meeting Monday, July 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the community room in the Drakes Landing Office Park (next to Jason's Restaurant).
The Station Area Plan/General Plan Update Citizen Advisory Committee will host the workshop, which will feature a presentation by consultant team BMS Design Group and interactive discussion and brainstorming activities.
Do you like this new bill signed by the governor? Do you trust SMART to make sure the station, or stations, look good and fit in well with the rest of the community? Share a comment below.