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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 San Rafael Design Review Commission won't have a say in how the Civic Center or downtown stations look when the system opens in a few years.

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.

Ryan Ricco-Pena July 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM
@Norm and BJ: Agree 100%. I just want the train to start running soon. I think this is a good idea so that all the NIMBY heads won't get to slow down the process.
Kevin Moore July 17, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I think all SMART stations should be bright yellow and serve really good pizza. <g>
S Wilson August 07, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I beg your mis-informed pardon! Please see Measure Q again, we did not vote on anything NEAR what we are being delivered. I walk to work, I live on a hilltop and am not impacted by any of this, but you NORM AND BJ need a CIVICS lesson!
J Ross August 10, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I just can't believe it's not getting to the Larkspur Ferry. The concept was sketchy with that in place but somewhat defensible, now it is just a train to nowhere.
Here since 1970 August 10, 2012 at 04:41 PM
This silly choo choo will bankrupt the county, and as subject for laughing stock is outdistanced only by the Fresno-Bakersfield high speed version. Once they get these projects voted in by the mindless electorate, folks who will make their fortunes on it will do anything to keep it rolling. But we'll have those bike paths for sure.

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