Monday, February 27, 2012

SMART project breaks ground

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Groundbreaking ceremonies took place Friday in Petaluma, Calif., marking the start of construction of Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) passenger rail work for the two counties, north of San Francisco.

Work on Phase I of the project, running from Santa Rosa to San Rafael, Calif., will encompass about 38.5 miles, with eventual build-out of 70 miles north to Cloverdale and south to Larkspur. SMART in early January chose a joint venture for construction that included Alameda, Calif.-based Stacey and Witbeck Inc. and St. Joseph, Mo.-based Herzog Contracting Corp.

Service on Phase I is scheduled to begin in late 2014 or early 2015.

"This is a historic moment, it has been a long time coming," said state Rep. Lynn Woolsey. "We simply can't meet our transportation needs by building roads. It's not cost-effective. It is not smart."