Sonoma County Transportation & Land Use Coalition



The New SMART Commission

The original Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit Commission was formed in 1998 by a joint powers agreement between the two counties. Its primary function was to plan and operate a railroad on the right-of-way that was owned by several railroads, most recently, Southern Pacific. It consisted of five elected officials from each county.

The Commission agreed that the initial runs of the train will be between Cloverdale and San Rafael. It obtained funding for the planning and initial activities from the Congestion Relief funds controlled by the California Transportation Commission. These funds are primarily for planning, purchase of capital equipment ("rolling stock"), track upgrading, and maintenance of grade crossings.

The Commission has focused on providing passenger services. Estimates indicate that approximately 5000 passengers per day could use the system initially. Cost estimates indicate that approximately $5 million per year will be needed sustain the operating costs of the railroad. This is
expected to be paid from local funds, such as a sales tax. It is expected that about 30% of the operating costs will be provided by the users of the train.

Questions about the Commission or its functions should be directed to the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (707-565-5373) or the Marin County CMA (415-499-6570).

SMART Commissioners - 2003

Marin County

  • Steve Kinsey - Marin County Supervisor
  • Al Boro – Mayor of San Rafael
  • Peter Breen – San Anselmo City Council
  • Michael DiGiorgio – Novato City Council
  • Annette Rose – Marin County Supervisor

Sonoma County

  • Tim Smith, Co-Chair – Sonoma Supervisor
  • Robert Jehn – Mayor of Cloverdale
  • Mike Kerns – Sonoma County Supervisor
  • Jake Mackenzie – Rohnert Park City Council
  • Mike Martini – Santa Rosa City Council

Golden Gate Bridge and Highway Transportation District

  • Barbara Pahre - GGBHTD Board
  • Jim Eddie - GGBHTD Board

Project Director -- Lillian Hames

Download full text of final version of AB 2224. 106Kb PDF file.

The basis for the new SMART Commission that took over in 2003 is AB 2224, authored by Assemblyman Joe Nation.


SMART Project Chronology


Public Acquisition of NWP Begins

Late 1980s

101 Corridor Study Recommendation


$28 Million in Rail Bond Funding


Final Acquisition of Rail Right-of-Way


Formation of NWPRA


Sonoma Marin Land Use & Transportation Study


Formation of the SMART Commission


Commuter Rail Implementation Plan


$37 Million Transportation Congestion Relief Program Funds


Full Time Project Director


AB2224 Signing