Petaluma receives $13 million for new train station and bus upgrades

By Olivia Wynkoop | Bay City News Foundation

The city of Petaluma and the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District plan to deliver a second rail station and electrify buses after receiving a $13 million grant on Friday.

The funds, which are provided by the California State Transportation Agency’s State Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, will primarily go to the Petaluma North filling station and upgrading the North McDowell Boulevard crossing. $3 million will help Petaluma Transit electrify and upgrade its bus fleet, as well as renovate bus stops.

SMART Board Chairman David Rabbitt said the city will see a “significantly improved transportation option” with the new station and 4.4 miles of new SMART track from Penngrove to downtown Petaluma.

“We are grateful for the support from the State of California and are excited to begin building Petaluma’s transportation system of the future,” Rabbitt said.

Petaluma Mayor Teresa Barrett said the grant money marks a “significant milestone,” one the city has been waiting for since the SMART service began.

“Not only will this funding deliver our East Side station, but it will significantly bolster our efforts to electrify the transit fleet, helping us achieve our 2030 climate neutrality goal,” Barrett said. “This successful regional partnership benefits our community, our region and our future.

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