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The Sonoma County Alliance wants to keep people and commerce moving smoothly and efficiently throughout Sonoma County to support continued economic recovery and strengthening of the region. One of the SCA’s chief focuses is improving the local economy through creating new jobs. Part of this effort involves decreasing traffic congestion and expanding Highway 101 as well as maintaining local roads, with the hope that commerce will thrive once an adequate avenue for transportation is established.With that, the Transportation Committee tries to ensure that funds raised for the building of the SMART Passenger Rail system, expanding the Sonoma County Airport, and improving our local roads and streets, are used effectively.
The SMART Passenger Rail System will be built in phases, starting with 70 miles of track between Cloverdale and Marin County. SMART’s initial 43 miles of rail corridor includes 10 stations, from the Sonoma County Airport to Downtown San Rafael. Future extensions include: Larkspur, which is scheduled to be completed in 2019; Windsor; Healdsburg; and Cloverdale. The full project will provide 70 miles of passenger rail service, connecting SMART passengers with jobs, education centers, retail hubs and housing along the Sonoma-Marin corridor, and a bicycle-pedestrian pathway.
The Sonoma County Airport’s runways are being improved and expanded, and should be finished late this year. This project has created over 150 construction jobs, and will improve safety and efficiency at the airport.
Local Roads and Streets are a continuously underfunded area, but is a prime area of importance at the SCA. The repair and improvement of our roads is very necessary. Some of the funding in this area goes to the widening of Highway 101 as well, which will be very important in establishing long term economic growth in the Sonoma County region.