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LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… SMART After Measure Q June 2009.

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1 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… SMART After Measure Q June 2009

2 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… Station Locations Cloverdale Healdsburg Windsor Santa Rosa -Jennings Avenue -Railroad Square Rohnert Park Cotati Petaluma -Corona Road -Petaluma Depot Novato -North: Atherton -South: Hamilton Civic Center San Rafael Larkspur

3 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… Project Description  70-mile corridor  Service from Cloverdale to Larkspur  14 stations  Parallel Bicycle/Pedestrian Pathway  9 Shuttle routes

4 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… Proposed Train Schedule 28 train runs per day, north and south Frequency: every 30 minutes during peak times Weekend service: 4 round-trips each Saturday and Sunday

5 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… Measure R (2006) & Q (2008) Election Results

6 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… 2006 results Support from elected officials Support from the business community Support from the environmental community Support from the bicycling community Support from all major media Campaign outspent opposition > 10-1 Ballot measure failed with 65.3% support

7 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… 2008 Results Agency emphasized outreach and education More time to tell our story to the public (2006 EIR) Business/Environmentalists/Cyclists joined forces Campaign focused on direct mail Congestion, gas prices peaked Aggressive response to misinformation Campaign outspent opposition about 6-1 Ballot measure succeeded with 69.6% support

8 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… Project Status 30% Engineering is completed CEQA Clearance: In place (FEIR, FSEIR) NEPA Clearance: Initiated Program Management Team: In place Funding: Sales Tax Revenues Collection April 2009, first funds available July 2009 Annual Sales Tax Revenues: approximately $42 million

9 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… Timeline

10 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE…. Vehicle selection – FRA-compliant DMU

11 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… ‘Alternate-compliant’ DMU – Needs Waiver

12 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS  Federal Railroad Administration will be SMART’s Regulator  The SMART application requires either FRA-compliant or alternate-compliant vehicles; however, alternate compliance requires temporal separation  The FTA requires Buy America compliance if Federal funds are used  The EPA requires Tier 4 diesel engines, unless TPEM exemptions are employed

13 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… RECOMMENDATION Staff recommends FRA-compliant technology for the following reasons:  FRA-compliant technology erases all regulatory concerns, improving the likelihood of achieving project implementation  FRA-compliant technology is more consistent with the pledge to reduce harmful emissions quoted in the EIR documents  FRA-compliant technology offers less risk than alternate- compliance technology provided under TPEM program auspices

14 LET THE TRAIN TAKE YOU THERE… For Website, & More Info:


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