Sonoma Marin Train Breaks Ground!

Hundreds of people celebrated the groundbreaking of the Sonoma-Marin train and accompanying bike/ped pathway (SMART) on February 24, 2012 as reported on in the Press Democrat

One of TransForm's Board members, Rick Theis, was at the celebration and took these photos:

SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian spoke to an estimated crowd of 400 in Petaluma, CA. SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian
The crowd stretches out along the Petaluma Station. Crowd gathers for SMART groundbreaking in Petaluma, CA
Former Sonoma County Supervisor and long-time rail advocate Bill Kortum, former Congressman Doug Bosco, Climate Protection Campaign Executive Director Ann Hancock Former Sonoma County Supervisor and long-time rail advocate Bill Kortum, former Congressman Doug Bosco, Climate Protection Campaign Executive Director Ann Hancock
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma. "We simply can't meet our transportation needs by building roads. It's not cost-effective. It is not smart." Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma. 'We simply can't meet our transportation needs by building roads. It's not cost-effective. It is not smart.'
Steve Heminger , Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Steve Heminger , Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
Last minute instructions on shoveling dirt from SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian to State Senator Noreen Evans D-Santa Rosa, Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, SMART Chair Sonoma Supervisor Valerie Brown. Last minute instructions on shoveling dirt from SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian to State Senator Noreen Evans D-Santa Rosa, Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, SMART Chair Sonoma Supervisor Valerie Brown.
Left to right: State Senator Noreen Evans D-Santa Rosa, Congressman Mike Thompson D-St. Helena, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey D-Petaluma, SMART Chair Sonoma Count Supervisor Valerie Brown, State Senator Mark Leno D-San Francisco/Marin, Assembly Member Mike Allen D-Santa Rosa.  State Senator Noreen Evans D-Santa Rosa, Congressman Mike Thompson D-St. Helena, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey D-Petaluma, SMART Chair Sonoma Count Supervisor Valerie Brown, State Senator Mark Leno D-San Francisco/Marin, Assembly Member Mike Allen D-Santa Rosa.
"Wow. We did it!" said Tanya Narath, center right, Executive Director of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and past chair of Friends of SMART, next to SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian, right." "Wow.  We did it." Tanya Narath, center right, Executive Director of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and past chair of Friends of SMART, next to SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian, right.