In response to community concerns about noise the San Rafael and Novato City Councils have established a Quiet Zone effective immediately. The train horn will not blow at railroad crossings.

Year-End Thoughts from the City Manager

Posted on December 16, 2016


2016 is coming to an end and your local government has been hard at work. As always, I am pleased with our community’s passion and  participation, our staff’s dedication and quality work, and our City Council’s leadership on all that makes San Rafael a wonderful community.

After decades of community-led efforts, you will soon be seeing the beginning of the construction phase for new Fire Stations 52 & 57, as well as a new Public Safety Center across the street from City Hall. The dream is finally coming true. These new facilities will provide our first responders with seismically safe and modern buildings so we can continue to provide the quick response times that our community expects. Learn more about our Essential Facilities projects.

The SMART training will be carrying passengers in 2017 and we have been upgrading traffic signals to coordinate with the train; making road, sidewalk, and crosswalk improvements; and working with Novato to create a comprehensive Quiet Zone to reduce the use of the train horn. Learn more about what we’re doing to prepare for the train.

Those are two of many efforts underway. We have current businesses expanding and new retail, restaurants, and other businesses slated to open downtown and throughout San Rafael. With our new website, social media presence, and community meetings, it is also getting easier and easier to make sure your opinions are heard and to get involved with decisions that affect San Rafael. I look forward to a great 2017.  Happy New Year to all!

Your City Manager,

Jim Schutz

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