Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit District to launch new passenger service Aug. 25

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SAN FRANCISCO — A new commuter rail service connecting Sonoma with Marin county will begin Friday, Aug. 25, San Francisco CBS-affiliate KPIX-5 reports.

Officials with the Federal Railroad Administration have authorized the Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit District to begin its new rail service known as the ‘SMART’ train late next week.

To celebrate the launch of service, the agency will host a grand opening ceremony next Friday and will offer free train rides during the first day of operation. According to KPIX, fares will then be 50 percent off through Labor Day, until regular fares take effect on Sept. 5.

The first phase of the system is a 43-mile segment between Santa Rosa and downtown San Rafael, Calif., featuring 10 station stops. Additional expansion plans call for six new station facilities at a later date.

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Video source: San Francisco KPIX-5 TV 

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