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San Rafael transit hub work starts for SMART Larkspur extension

Author -Adrian Rodriguez

Work is underway at the San Rafael transit center to lay the foundation for the $55.4 million Larkspur extension of the SMART train. Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit trains are set to pass through downtown San Rafael, then the Bettini Transit Center and on to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal by the end of next year. Construction will include a temporary boarding platform near Platform C at Second Street. Crosswalks will be closed. Transit riders will use Second and Third streets to reach other platforms. Work is planned from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is expected to last four to five weeks, with most work occurring over the weekends.

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Newest Sonoma County regional park to welcome visitors next year

Author MARY CALLAHAN

Pieced together through $23 million in taxpayer-funded acquisitions over more than a decade, the Mark West Regional Park and Open Space Preserve will open for once-a-month “park preview days” while the county conducts a multi-year environmental review and master planning for permanent operations.

The property is now officially public parkland after its transfer from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District last month, making it the third-largest property in the regional park system next to Tolay Lake and Hood Mountain.

“This is going to be one of the jewels of the system, for sure,” said Bill Keene, general manager of the Open Space District.

Purchased in six different chunks from three families, the new park puts hundreds of acres of wilderness within minutes of urban communities while preserving critical watersheds and wildlife habitat, officials said.

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