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Bay Bridge to test 24-hour bike and pedestrian path B

Author: Michael Cabanatuan

For 10 days in May, bicyclists will be able to take a midnight ride across the east span of the Bay Bridge. Pedestrians will get to take moonlight walks, too, weather cooperating.

The span’s 2.2-mile bike and pedestrian path, which travels from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island and is now closed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., will open for 24 hours on May 10 and stay that way until May 19 at 9 p.m.

The all-night hours are intended as a test to see what will be needed to make 24-hour operation permanent, which has been the plan since transportation officials agreed to include a bike path on the bridge’s replacement span in the late 1990’s.

“We’ve been discussing it for a long time and this will give us an idea what we need as far as lighting, additional CHP officers and anything else,” said Bob Haus, a Caltrans spokesman.

While the bike path officially opened in September 2013, a few days after the first cars crossed the new east span, it’s only been available to bike riders and walkers during limited hours.

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May 28, 2018 The Water Park at Spring Lake

The swimming lagoon water park is a popular addition to Spring Lake Regional Park. The inflatable playground features floating slides, climbing walls, bridges, balance beams, jumps, and trampolines.

Hours: 11 AM – 6 PM Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day
Ages: Adults and children* 6 years old or older
*Must be at least 42 inches tall
Admission: $10 per person daily
Otter Pass: $20 per person daily, includes 1 hour of paddle board or boat rental
Season Pass: $60 per person, includes admission all summer and 1 hour of paddle board or boat rental each day

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SMART receives $21 million in state funding for its extension to Windsor

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District received $21 million in state transportation funds to construct the extension to Windsor. This grant, coupled with the proposed $40 million in funding from Regional Measure 3 (RM3), will allow SMART to complete the first of three northern Sonoma County extensions.

State Sen. Mike McGuire said, “The State couldn’t be more excited to make this latest investment in SMART, and to soon connect the residents of Windsor and northern Sonoma County with this fantastic service. We have been grateful to work with Chairwoman Fudge and the SMART Board on the proposal, and we are so appreciative to the Department of Transportation for their ongoing partnership.”

“This is a big day for SMART and for the Town of Windsor,” said SMART Board Chairwoman Debora Fudge. “We want to thank the California Secretary of Transportation and his staff, and our state legislators for funding this important connection for our north county residents. It is now essential that we all vote to approve Regional Measure 3 in the June election, which will fully fund the extension from the Sonoma County Airport Station to the heart of Windsor.”

RM3, which goes before voters on June 5, would increase tolls on seven state-owned bridges over a period of several years. It would generate an estimated $4.5 billion in funding over a 25year period for public transportation, highway improvements, and bicycle and pedestrian pathways. Funding for SMART’s Windsor extension is part of that funding plan.

The funding will allow SMART to move forward with the next phase of construction on the Windsor extension.
“This is an important step that moves us closer to completing our 70-mile vision, which includes expanding our SMART train service to Windsor, Healdsburg and Cloverdale,” said SMART Board Director Carol Russell. “This is a major milestone for all of our North Bay residents who have been waiting for a transportation option to northern Sonoma County.”

Since launching its passenger service in August, SMART has carried more than 465,000 passengers. SMART’s passenger train service currently serves a 43-mile corridor with stations in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma, Novato and San Rafael. Construction on the Larkspur extension is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.