In 2008, voters Marin and Sonoma counties had the foresight to create SMART. You voted to build a modern train system to bridge county lines and connect to the ferry in Larkspur.
You wanted a green transportation system, a way to travel without sitting in traffic and fewer cars on Highway 101.
SMART has delivered on that promise – despite serious obstacles.
When the recession hit in 2009, the floor dropped out of the bond market, slashing the projected $455 million in revenue to $298 million over the last 10 years.
Despite this setback, SMART still got a world class transportation system up and running by leveraging $328 million in regional, state and federal matching funds.
So far, SMART has carried over 1.5 million passengers, including over 5,700 passengers who require wheelchair access and 150,000 bicyclists.
In December, SMART opened the Larkspur station to connect to the ferry. In January, SMART revamped the commuter schedule to run trains every half hour. Now, SMART is at a crossroads. Measure I is critical to SMART’s future.
Measure I would extend SMART’s ¼ of one cent sales tax with NO TAX INCREASE.
Measure I would ensure SMART’s financial survival and allow restructuring of construction debt. This would save $12.2 million annually, fully funding operations from Larkspur to Windsor for the next 30 years.
Vote YES on Measure I to:
- Take hundreds of thousands of car trips off Highway 101 every year
- Support SMART service to additional cities
- Increase the frequency of SMART trains
- Fund safety enhancements along the rail line
- Add additional parking to SMART stations
- Build more bicycle and walking paths connecting SMART stations
We finally have a modern train system for Marin and Sonoma counties. Let’s keep it rolling.
Join seniors, environmentalists and business and community leaders – vote YES on Measure I.