In response to community concerns about noise the San Rafael and Novato City Councils have established a Quiet Zone effective immediately.


Sonoma-Marin train announces start date for commuters

Posted on August 23, 2017

From Commuter rail service connecting Marin and Sonoma counties and bypassing busy Highway 101 will start Aug. 25, SMART officials announced Thursday. After several delays, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit officials received approval from the Federal Railroad Administration on Wednesday night to start service on the 43-mile rail line from downtown San Rafael to the...

SMART ‘soft launch’ service begins Thursday with free rides

Posted on June 26, 2017

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit trains will begin carrying passengers Thursday as part of a soft launch of service that will be free. Based on more than 1,000 responses from the public in recent weeks, SMART developed a schedule of public preview rides. SMART will kick off the preview rides with three runs this week, including...

SMART announces ‘preview’ rides for the public

Posted on June 26, 2017

SMART will begin its soft launch this week with free preview rides for the public, designed to offer passengers an early look at the North Bay’s newest transportation system. Based on more than a thousand responses from the public identifying what stations they will use and what days they would like to ride, SMART has...

San Rafael PD to Step-up Enforcement at Railroad Crossings

Posted on May 31, 2017

The San Rafael Police Department will be stepping up traffic enforcement at railroad crossings beginning the week of May 29th, 2017 in an effort to increase safety awareness. The traffic enforcement efforts are being made after SMART employees and members of the San Rafael Police Department noticed numerous motorists disobeying the posted regulatory signs and...

San Rafael warnings to youth: ‘trains are going, horns are not’

Posted on May 17, 2017

A mini “flash mob” of San Rafael and Novato parents, and school board and city council members took to the streets Friday to warn students to be alert on the first day of the new quiet zone for SMART trains. “The trains are going, the horns are not,” said San Rafael Councilwoman Kate Colin, who...

VIDEO: Police Advise Caution At Crossings During New SMART Train Testing

Posted on May 15, 2017

SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — San Rafael police are advising motorists to use caution at railroad crossings now that the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District begins testing its passenger service schedule Friday between Santa Rosa and San Rafael. The tests mean the train’s horn will not sound at crossings in Marin County unless there is...

Train horn will not blow

Posted on May 12, 2017

Starting Friday, May 12, please be aware that the train horn will not sound at railroad crossings in San Rafael and Novato, unless there is an emergency or when leaving a station. We urge you to be alert and aware at all crossings. Drivers should never stop on the tracks. Never walk on the tracks,...

San Rafael and Novato City Councils to Hold Special Joint Study Session on SMART Quiet Zone

Posted on May 6, 2017

On May 10 at 7 p.m., the San Rafael and the Novato City Councils will hold a joint study session to discuss SMART Quiet Zones, including community outreach and the timing of the Quiet Zone establishment. This joint session follows the City of San Rafael’s filing of a Notice of Establishment on April 20. The...
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