SMART Announces Full Service to Downtown Novato Station

Service planned to begin by end of year

Post Date: 06/12/2019 5:00 PM

At last night’s City Council meeting, Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) General Manager Farhad Mansourian announced that Novato’s Downtown SMART Station is expected to be completed by end of year 2019. He further announced that the Downtown Station will be a full stop station meaning that this station will be part of SMART’s regular schedule.

“We’d like to thank the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Transportation Authority of Marin, and SMART for helping to bring this important City station and full stop service to Downtown Novato and our community,” said City Manager Regan M. Candelario.

“This is huge news for Novato,” said Mayor Eric Lucan. “Having a full, regular stop serving our downtown station gives all residents more convenience and flexibility. It also makes it easier for people to commute to jobs or visit Downtown Novato.”

This summer, SMART will begin installation of crossing gates, shelters and station equipment, and will begin overnight testing in the fall. Novato currently has two SMART stations, San Marin and Hamilton. The Downtown Station, completely funded by the City of Novato and regional transportation grants, is two blocks from the new Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit bus facility on Redwood Boulevard, completed in September 2017. The downtown location will be the third SMART station serving the Novato community and is located at Grant and Railroad Avenue in the historic train depot location.

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