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The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) district plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Larkspur Station on Dec. 13, then launch service to the Larkspur and Novato stations in northern California on Dec. 14.
The new service targets commuters in the north San Francisco Bay area. Larkspur Station will offer a connection to the larger bay area via the Golden Gate Ferry and serve as a gateway for tourists visiting Marin and Sonoma counties, SMART officials said in a press release.
"Visitors will be able to take advantage of Marin County's remarkable outdoor recreation, art and culture, shopping and dining — and leave the car at home," said SMART Board Member Eric Lucan.
SMART will continue to operate its current timetable until Dec. 31. On Jan. 1, the entire system will switch to a new timetable approved by the board Nov. 20 that features expanded service on weekdays, increased frequency during peak commute hours and earlier train service on weekends, SMART officials said.
The district’s initial 43-mile corridor includes 10 stations between the Sonoma County Airport and downtown San Rafael. After the Larkspur-Novato line opens, future extensions will run to Windsor, Healdsburg and Cloverdale.