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Weigh In: Is SMART Good for Sonoma and Marin Counties?

Tell us by taking our poll below.

Now that SMART's shovel-ready — with the of a $103 million contract to design and build the first phase of the commuter rail between downtown Santa Rosa and Marin Civic Center — do you think the transit line will attract economic development to the cities served by rail stations?

SMART officals and cities have champoined the train as a vechicle to bring in much-needed businesses and development near station hubs. You tell us — do you think SMART will spur growth? Bring in jobs? Aid in the development of transit-oriented neighborhoods? 

Tell us what you think — vote in our poll or voice your opinion in the comments section below. 

Edwin Drake February 01, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Rachael: "Yes" to your comment, but do know why you can't take the Wine Train to Larkspur? Must I label everything "sarcasm based on the history of a project that, if people knew more about, would have them screaming bloody murder?"
Edwin Drake February 01, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Rachael: "Yes" to your comment, but do know why you can't take the Wine Train to Larkspur? Must I label everything "sarcasm based on the history of a project that, if people knew more about, would have them screaming bloody murder?" Do you have any notion of how RR track are regulated in the US? And what happens when they are abandoned? And why SMART is so very useful to the NCRA?
Edwin Drake February 01, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Rachael: "Yes" to your comment, but do know why you can't take the Wine Train to Larkspur? Must I label everything "sarcasm based on the history of a project that, if people knew more about, would have them screaming bloody murder?" Do you have any notion of how RR track are regulated in the US? And what happens when they are abandoned? And why SMART is so very useful to the NCRA? I don't believe in conspiracy theories, but I do believe that voters and commentators should be informed and ready and willing to "connect the dots," and I don't mean the delicious chewy jelly candies.
Rachael Clark February 01, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Yes the wine train only goes from Soscol Ave to St Helena.
Kevin Moore February 01, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Jerry - I can't find the link for the City of San Rafael response to the SMART EIR reports, but the wait time will go from 40 seconds to 110 seconds. It was enough for the City of San Rafael to submit an official letter. Traffic exiting 101 south into San Rafael in the morning commute is already backing up.

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