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Did You Want a Say in SMART Station Design?

Governor allows local jurisdictions to skip regular design review process. You OK with that?

To streamline the construction of a new commuter train system, SMART has been given the freedom to design its stations in Marin and Sonoma counties without going through the design review process in each municipality along the route, according to a report in the .

With a bill signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown, the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit authority can call the shots, likely resulting in speeding up the construction process by months, the IJ reported.

Were you itching to participate in the discussion? You still can at upcoming SMART meetings, but the Novato Design Review Commission won't have a say in how the Hamilton station looks when the system opens in a few years. Same goes for a planned station just off North Redwood Boulevard near the campus that's slated to be added in SMART's second phase of expansion.

Do you like this new bill signed by the governor? Do you trust SMART to make sure the station, or stations, look good and fit in well with the rest of the community? Share a comment below.

Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr July 21, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Why not restore the Novato Depot, right where it is, and use the Whole Foods parking and the old Pini Feed parking right where it is; a big empty lot? I like the Coke machine idea.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr July 21, 2012 at 03:07 AM
To my knowledge, the tracks have been right where they are since before 1900. After more than 100 years they have become the habitat. I stop and watch the water fowl across the road from Costco, right where the tracks are now. The trains selected are the highest quality is rail transport. Don't you listed to the CSX commercials of TV? Rail can transport a ton of freight (or passengers) 400 miles on one gallon of fuel. Automobiles and trucks are the polluters. "The facts, M'am, just the facts."
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr July 21, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Again, if Marin voters had not gone all NIMBY in 1969 and withdrew from BART, we would have been using it to go to SFO, OAK, and now San Jose since 1989, TWENTY THREE YEARS AGO, and the daily commute from Novato to downtown San Francisco would be 30 minutes, while reading the newspaper. SMART is just a late start on that objective.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr July 21, 2012 at 03:15 AM
SMART will get people who live in Petaluma and north but work in San Rafael off the road, and that WILL be a benefit to Marinites.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr July 21, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Let's hear it for a one party political system, thanks to "open" primaries. (Euphemism) One party countries have always been such nice places to live, just like the old USSR. Oh, wait! Russia's credit rating was not just lower to A-, as California's has been.

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