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Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on SMART Station Area Plan

The meeting will begin at 7p.m. in the council chambers.

The San Rafael Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the plans for a Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit station in downtown San Rafael on Tuesday evening.

The station area plan, presented by San Rafael's SMART Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC), hopes to integrate the rail and bus lines near the station, ensure pedestrian and bicyclist safety, supply parking while still encouraging transit use and support development around the station, according to the staff report.

Short term recommendations include installing new signal traffic controllers and coordinating the bus and rail schedules, while long term solutions include incorporating the Transit Center into the SMART station.

The plan is a multi‐agency collaborative effort between the city of San Rafael, SMART, Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD), Marin Transit, the San Rafael Redevelopment Agency and the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM).

The CAC is made up of local residents, businesspersons and property owners. The city received grant funding from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to prepare the station area plan, which focuses on a half mile radius around the planned downtown San Rafael SMART station, from Mission Avenue to Irwin Street to the San Rafael Canal to Lincoln Avenue.

The current SMART station's design, which will include a two-platform design with the southbound platform about eight feet from Tamalpais Avenue, limits the amount of parking space near the senior center . , and the plan aims at assisting in the move.

According to the staff report:

"The plan recommends preserving and enhancing this iconic building to establish sense of place and provide character for the area. The plan recommends reusing the building in a manner that integrates well with the station design and related activities, has an active ground floor use and creates a gathering place for the area."

Monday morning, for the construction of the rail project between Santa Rosa and the Marin Civic Center.

A contract for the second phase of the project between the Marin Civic Center and downtown San Rafael is expected to be awarded in the spring. That phase will cost between $17 million and $19 million, SMART's general manager Farhad Mansourian said.

Read the plan's executive summary on the right. The meeting will begin at 7p.m. in the council chambers at 1400 Fifth Avenue.

diane January 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Yes....don't build one! It's going to cause more traffic delays than it is worth it. I hope the Repeal Smart Petition goes through. If you haven't signed it and you want to, go to repealsmart.com and find out where you can.
James Bikes Green January 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM
The SMART train is a wise and healthy investment, much like California high-speed rail. These are investments with long term gains in transportation efficiency and public health. Repealing SMART at this point would be a huge waste in money. Much like the CA HSR project, it doesn't make sense to pull the plug mid-way in a project. Then we will have nothing to show for the years of spending to get these great projects approved. Last century invested in highways, this century must invest in rail transit. SMART!

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