California Commuter Rail Extension Awarded Grant

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded a $22.5 million grant to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) for the San Rafael to Larkspur commuter rail extension.

The 2.1-mile project will extend SMART’s 43-mile commuter rail line from downtown San Rafael to the Golden Gate Transit Larkspur Ferry terminal in Marin County. The project will provide a connection for North Bay residents for regional ferry service serving downtown San Francisco and destinations throughout the Bay Area.

"This grant will improve transportation links for the hundreds of thousands of commuters traveling in the Bay Area every day," remarked U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

SMART will receive $22.53 million through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program, which provides funding for major transit capital infrastructure investments.

"This project will provide an important multi-modal connection to transit services for those trying to reach their jobs, schools, and homes," said K. Jane Williams, FTA acting administrator. "FTA is committed to modernizing these connections to improve safety and reliability for all users."