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Light Rail across the San Rafael Richmond bridge

June 24, 2019

It appears there are some who have proposed running SMART trains over the San Rafael Bridge Attachment B – Finalists from Transformative Projects

SMART to Richmond via New Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is the study.

William Manley

• _Joseph Naujokas

• _Christopher Sork

• _Sonoma County Transportation & Land Use Coalition

I would like to point out that the SMART trains are heavy diesel engine trains while BART is lighter smaller vehicles.BART vehicles might displace fewer car lanes.

Possibly BART would be impossibly expensive while SMART might be more cost-effective, we would want to do engineering studies with both. Both ideas involve surrendering the third lane and or bicycle lane. Unlike the Sonoma County land use coalition we do not propose a new bridge.

Possible solutions to the loss of the third lane and bicycle lane, Run the train under the roadway, Run a very long train each way single track on the upper and lower deck. Utilizing the existing bridge and not building a new one and using the lighter BART cars is my choice.

The third study option would be an Elon Musk electric transit cars combined with single car tunnel and over the bridge. At first, the single cars (Tesla) would not be owned by individuals. These vehicles would be produced in the Bay Area as they are currently





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