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SMART Safety Advisory: Quiet Zones

Posted on May 15, 2017

Train Safety

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District will no longer use train horns at railroad crossings in jurisdictions that have established Quiet Zones, unless there is an emergency. Quiet Zones have been established in Novato, San Rafael and in the County of Marin. SMART anticipates other jurisdictions will also establish Quiet Zones throughout the 43-mile initial route.

For your safety, please:

  • Don’t be distracted: Always be alert and aware around all railroad tracks and crossings.
  • Drivers should never stop on the railroad tracks, and never cross the tracks until you are sure you have enough room to make it safely through to the other side.
  • Do not walk on the railroad tracks. Walking on the tracks is unsafe, and illegal. In addition, SMART has started testing its draft schedule in preparation for the start of passenger service.

SMART’s service schedule testing involves running about 30 train trips per day on weekdays, and 10 on the weekends. Testing will continue for the next few weeks. For more information on rail safety, visit

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