All Aboard The Smart Train

The long-awaited Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is now running full speed ahead with daily and weekend service from downtown San Rafael to the Sonoma County Airport.

A Win for Walkable and Rail-Friendly Santa Rosa

Bicyclists and pedestrians—including children from nearby Helen Lehman Elementary School—frequently cross the tracks at Jennings Avenue because there is no convenient or safe alternative in the neighborhood. But with Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) service slated to begin by the end of 2016, the unsanctioned walk-and-bike path crossing Jennings Avenue near the center of Santa Rosa needs to be made safer now, not later.

Santa Rosa just got SMARTER

On September 18, the Santa Rosa City Council adopted a revised version of the North Santa Rosa Station Area Plan. After a summer of doubt, Greenbelt Alliance is pleased to report that our efforts to get the city to work out a compromise with the Coddington Mall owners was successful.

See the presentation from A SMART Step Forward on May 17

Thank you to everyone who attended the May 17 event A SMART Step Forward co-hosted by Conservation Action Fund for Education, the Accountable Development Coalition and the Great Communities Collaborative. (See embedded PowerPoint.)

Santa Rosa Planning Commission to vet the plan for SMART station at Guerneville Road

The plan for the neighborhood near the forthcoming SMART station in Santa Rosa is hitting a critical milestone: the planning commission will take up the plan for this neighborhood on May 24. How does it fare? Read through our analysis of the North Santa Rosa Station Area Plan.

A SMART neighborhood in Santa Rosa

Will the coming Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit station in Santa Rosa bring with it acres of parking lots? We can decide now in the plan for the neighborhood around the station.

Global Inspiration for Livable Cities: A film series

Join us for film viewings, discussion and organic popcorn Thursdays in September. Co-hosted by Greenbelt Alliance and The Share Exchange, the films will provide global perspectives on livable cities.

MTC considers new grant program to reward sustainable growth

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is currently considering a proposal to create grant programs for sustainable growth. This is a key step forward, and we like a lot of what we see.

Sonoma’s sprawl-busting ballot measures

On November 2, Sonoma voters can renew the lines in Santa Rosa and Petaluma and establish the first one in Cloverdale.

Setting Boundaries on the ballot

This November Santa Rosa and Cloverdale can set some good boundaries. City councils in both Sonoma communities voted this week to put urban growth boundary measures on the November ballot.