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Poll Shows Little Support for RepealSMART Effort

North Bay Leadership Council funds poll that shows strong support for SMART to move forward with commuter train plans in Marin and Sonoma counties.

If a new public poll is an accurate indication, the RepealSMART effort to stop funding for a 37-mile passenger train for Marin and Sonoma counties would fail if presented to voters next year.

The Petaluma-based North Bay Leadership Council said residents want the project to succeed and want hundreds of workers to start construction on the line between Santa Rosa and San Rafael.

In 2008, more than two-thirds of voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase in the two counties over 20 years to fund the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit line.

Have a look at the attached release and add a comment below to share how you feel about this.

janna nikkola November 26, 2011 at 01:55 AM
I have to wonder why politicians are so much in favor of SMART while their constituents are so opposed. What incentive is there for them? It doesn't pass the smell test. As far as the argument about all the jobs to be created, these are primarily the very short-term construction jobs, whereas the huge debt to pay for SMART will be very long term for our grandchildren and great grandchildren to pay for. Like others in this forum have stated, a rail line and commuter train sounds good in theory until you take the time to really look into it and see all it will not offer to Marin County commuters. On close inspection, there's no valid reason for Marin County taxpayers to go forward with SMART.
Ron November 26, 2011 at 08:08 AM
It will be government run and operated it can't possibly work, government never operates anything with a surplus. I doubt if any public transit system is supporting itself and this one can't and won't. Marins' pipe dream twisted down Sonomas' throat.
Scott November 26, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Not that the poll should be considered valid without subjecting their methodology to scrutiny, but the error rate and sample size is related to the population size. In national polls, 1,000 randomly selected participants are considered statistically significant enough to represent the views of the whole population (300mm) or, more often, the population of registered voters. Marin obviously has a much smaller population than the nation and a smaller sample size is necessary to achieve statistically significant results. Though, in this case the results are likely statistically significant responses to skewed questions. The Marin IJ's poll is not a statistically significant representation of the population as it is not random sampling of the population. It is only a statistically significant representation of people inclined to respond to online polls published by the Marin IJ regarding the SMART project.
Rick Fraites November 26, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Just keep collecting those signatures. The 'poll' is a minor distraction.
Kevin Moore November 27, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Janna o Most people haven't looked at the numbers, so SMART is still seen as a "Field of Dreams" in Sonoma. "Build it and they (jobs) will come." Jobs go were resources exist; material resources, cost effective/trained labor, and water. Would expanding the existing rail system in Las Vegas fix their problems? No. o There are about 245,000 jobs in Marin and Sonoma. Down almost 10% in the last 10 years. (US census) SMART's FAQ "The Metropolitan Transportation Commission projects 130,000 new jobs along the Highway 101 corridor in Marin and Sonoma between 2000 and 2025 – ." In 15 years, the jobs in the two counties will increase by over 50% after declining by 10% in the last 10 years? BS! The population has only gone up by 5% in 10 years. o Most politicians know one model; expansion. More people, more building, more tax payers. It allows them to over spend with the idea that more tax income is coming in the future. Google "Sonoma water restriction". o More building = more short term jobs = union labor support = more votes. o ABAG wants to build more housing units in Marin and Sonoma. Building them around the SMART stations is an easier sell. More housing units, no doubt all will have mandated off-street parking. o Spending too much money is never a problem for the last 50 years. The Feds blew trillions in the last decade, our state is over budget, Marin county owe hundreds of millions to the pension fund... whats a few more hundred million in debt.

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