Saturday, July 19, 2008

Support SMART- TAM Meeting, July 24th at 7PM

Please Attend the TAM Board Meeting
to Ask for an Endorsement of the
SMART Train and Pathway
Thursday, July 24th, 7:00 PM

Thursday, July 24th at 7:00 p.m.

Marin County Civic Center, Room 330
3501 Civic Center Drive
 San Rafael

On Thursday, July 24th, at 7:00 p.m. the Transportation Authority of Marin will hold a vote on whether or not to endorse the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) ballot initiative, which will be on the November 4th ballot.  SMART will provide passenger train service and a parallel bicycle/pedestrian pathway from Larkspur Landing to Cloverdale, for 70 miles.

This is a very important meeting for SMART and your support is critical.

Please contact the TAM representative from your city or town and your county supervisor to express your support for SMART and encourage them to vote to endorse SMART at this important meeting (below is a list of TAM Board members with email contact information).

Also, p
lease come to this meeting and please speak during the public comment period and urge a vote to endorse SMART.

At the bottom of this email, please find some brief talking points regarding SMART.

For more detailed  information about SMART please see the SMART District website at:

For the SMART White Papers, please see: :

For the SMART campaign website, please visit:

If you would like to read the TAM report on SMART, click this
TAM Working Group Report link.

If you can attend this meeting, please RSVP to or call 415-457-0802.   Even if you cannot attend, please send an email to both your councilmember and your County Supervisor (see email list below).

City and Town TAM Representatives

Thomas Cromwell
Please encourage Councilmember Cromwell to vote to endorse SMART on July 24th.

Corte Madera
Alexandra Cock

Please encourage Councilmember Cock to vote to endorse SMART on July 24th.

Mayor Mary Ann Maggiore

Mayor Maggiore has endorsed SMART and is a strong supporter.  Please thank her and encourage an endorsement vote for SMART on July 24th

San Rafael
Mayor Albert Boro

Mayor Boro is a strong supporter of SMART. Please thank him and encourage an endorsement vote for SMART on July 24th.

Joan Lundstrom

Councilmember Joan Lundstrom is opposed to SMART.  Please urge her to support the TAM endorsement vote.

Mill Valley
Stephanie Moulton-Peters

Councilmember Stephanie Moulton-Peters has endorsed SMART. Please thank her and encourage an endorsement vote for SMART on July 24th

Carole Dillon-Knutson
Councilmember Carole Dillon-Knutson has been instructed by her council to abstain on this vote.   Please email her anyway to indicate the merits of the SMART project and request that she support SMART.

San Anselmo
Peter Breen
Councilmember Peter Breen is a strong supporter of SMART. Please thank him and encourage an endorsement vote for SMART on July 24th.

Paul Albritton
Please encourage Councilmember Paul Albritton to vote to endorse SMART on July 24th.

Alice Fredericks Tiburon

Please encourage Councilmember Alice Fredericks to vote to endorse SMART on July 24th.

Michael Skall
Please encourage Councilmember Michael Skall to vote to endorse SMART on July 24th.

Board of Supervisors

District 1- Supervisor Susan Adams

Most of San Rafael

Supervisor Adams was opposed to SMART in 2006.  She has been concerned about costs.  The TAM Working Group Report indicates that project is doable under the current funding plan.  Please ask Supervisor Adams to support SMART.

District 2- Hal Brown

Fairfax, San Anselmo, Ross, Larkspur, San Rafael, Gerstle Park

Supervisor Brown opposed SMART in 2006 despite strong support from his district.  He is concerned about costs of the project and traffic.  Urge him to support SMART.

District 3-Charles McGlashan

Sausalito, Mill Valley, Tiburon and Belvedere

Supervisor Charles McGlashan strongly supports SMART; please thank him for his great support of SMART.

District 4- Steve Kinsey

Corte Madera, San Rafael Canal Area, West Marin

Supervisor Kinsey strongly supports SMART; thank him for his strong support.

District 5- Judy Arnold


Supervisor Arnold has expressed some interest in SMART but has not come out fully in support.  Please urge her to support SMART.




  • SMART will remove 5,300 car trips per day, reducing gasoline use by over one million gallons per year.
  •  SMART will reduce car trips, cutting carbon emission by 31 million pounds per year
  • SMART trains will run on environmentally friendly, efficient on-board engines and odorless clean fuel.
  • SMART train riders will be three to five times more energy efficient than drivers of single-occupant vehicles. SMART cuts carbon dioxide emissions an estimated 120,000 pounds per day.
  • The Marin-Sonoma Highway 101 corridor is the 4th most congested corridor in the Bay Area. SMART will remove more than 1.4 million car trips from Highway 101 each year.
  •  SMART will provide two transportation alternatives – the TRAIN, providing a quiet, convenient transportation option that cuts peak commute times; and the bicycle / pedestrian PATHWAY, with up to 7,000-10,000 users per day.
  • SMART's two-to-three-car trains fit within a city block so traffic still moves when trains make station stops. Crossing gates and city traffic signals will also be synchronized to help keep traffic moving.
  • With gas prices at an all time high and continuing to rise, SMART provides a more economical transportation alternative.
  • SMART already owns the rail right-of-way; using it this way is fiscally responsible and cost-effective.
  • SMART is an investment in our future transportation infrastructure. The economy and environment will suffer if we continue to depend only on roads and driving.