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SMART TRAIN QUESTIONS
What are the current ridership numbers for the Atherton station and the Hamilton station?
About 100 and 175 per day, respectively.
What is the expected ridership numbers SMART has planned for the Hamilton station?
We are updating our ridership numbers and will have this new information available in the next couple of months.
What type of commitment did Novato make for the stations?
There is no financial commitment on the part of the City for any stations.
Can the City Council change their minds and want only one station, not two?
SMART's plan has always called for two stations in Novato. The City Council can make recommendations and/or requests regarding stations, but the final decision rests with the SMART Board.
Where is the property location, and how much land did the City of Novato give SMART?
The Atherton station is just northwest of the interchange at Atherton and 101, across the street from Fireman's Fund. It is a triangle of property between Redwood Blvd and the Highway. This property is not suitable for other uses and SMART hopes the city will donate it for the Atherton station.
The Hamilton station is on the east side of the tracks just north of Main Gate Road. This property has been held in trust for a transit station by the City of Novato, which intends to deed it to SMART for the station.
If the City doesn't donate the property for the Atherton station, what will SMART do?
What was MTC's (the Metropolitan Transportation Commission) reasoning for considering the elimination of the Atherton station?
It was suggested as a cost-saving measure and to bring SMART into closer compliance with MTC's housing policy (see below).
Has the Atherton Station been removed permanently?
No. SMART has made no changes regarding their plans for the Atherton station. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has suggested that SMART cut costs by eliminating some stations, including this one, but there has been no request from Novato City staff and no action from the SMART Board regarding this station.
What would cause the SMART board to permanently remove a station?
We can't say, as this has not been done.
Who are the staff members at SMART, and what are their duties?
See "Who we Are" on the SMART web site: http://www.sonomamarintrain.org/index.php/misc/about_us
Is SMART receiving any funding from MTC?
SMART has received Regional Measure 2 money, which is administered by MTC, and SMART expects to continue to receive this money in the future (approximately $22 million in future funding). MTC also controls other federal transportation funds for the region that SMART may receive in the future.
If yes, is MTC requiring any housing within a half-mile of each station?
Resolution 3434 sets a goal for housing density around transit stations. In the SMART corridor, this would be an AVERAGE of 2,200 units per station (including already existing units, planned units and potential units) for each station in the corridor. In other words, SMART does not set specific requirements for each station location. One last point: Neither SMART nor MTC controls the number of units around each station; each individual jurisdiction (in this case the city of Novato) retains power over land use.
What are the average total units per station?
In its presentation to the SMART Board on Dec. 15, MTC estimated 24,376 total units in the corridor, for an average of 1,741 units at each of 14 stations. You can find the MTC presentation on the SMART web site at: http://www.sonomamarintrain.org/userfiles/file/SMART%20Project%20Review_Final.pdf