The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit project aims to bring a 70-mile rail line to the northern counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. Diesel trains will serve 14 stations from Cloverdale to Larkspur where riders can transfer to San Francisco-bound ferries. The cost of the project is estimated to be $695 million, which includes a parallel pedestrian and bike path along the entire corridor. A sales tax was approved by voters in Sonoma and Marin counties in 2008 to fund the project.
A funding shortfall in 2010 has put the project’s projected 2014 start date in jeopardy. Planners are currently considering building the line in phases instead of all at once. Under this scenario, a truncated line would begin operation by 2014 with full build-out anticipated by 2018.