SMART’s Citizen Advisory Committees
Measure Q, approved by nearly 70 percent of voters in Marin and Sonoma Counties in the Nov. 4, 2008, general election, requires the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District to establish a Citizens Oversight Committee with specific duties as spelled out in the ballot measure. In addition, the SMART Board of Directors may establish ad-hoc citizen committees to help plan other elements of the 70-mile passenger train and pathway project. The following are brief descriptions of the Citizens Oversight Committee and other possible citizen committees of SMART.
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Citizens Oversight Committee – The Measure Q Expenditure Plan requires this committee as part of its Implementing Guidelines, specifically: “A Citizens Oversight Committee will be established by the SMART Board to provide input and review on the Strategic Plan and subsequent updates.” The plan goes on to state that “SMART will prepare a Strategic Plan, based on the commitments in this Expenditure Plan, prior to July 2009. The Strategic Plan will identify planned investments in capital implementation, operations and maintenance for the duration of the tax. The Strategic Plan will be updated at least every five years and approved by the SMART Board of Directors. The Strategic Plan will be developed with input from the public and the Citizens Oversight Committee.”
Vehicle and Station Advisory Committees – Due to the critical timing of procurement of SMART's fleet of vehicles, the Operations Committee of the SMART Board of Directors in fall 2009 decided not to create a Vehicle Advisory Committee, but to hold a series of public workshops and meetings to gather input regarding such issues as seating configurations, bicycle storage and other on-board amenities. These meetings will continue until the vehicle Request for Proposals is issued in April 2010. A similar decision was made regarding an advisory committee for stations. In order to encourage broad public participation on station design issues, SMART in early 2010 scheduled a series of public workshops in every community along the rail corridor to solicit input regarding the project's 14 rail stations. The first round of public workshops took place in February. A second round -- again in every city along the corridor -- will be scheduled in the spring of 2010.
Ad-Hoc Transit Coordinating Committee – SMART wants to closely coordinate its train and shuttle service with transit services available from other providers in the North Bay, including local and regional bus transit agencies, the Golden Gate Ferry and others. This committee will advise the Board on how best to achieve a seamless transportation network in Marin and Sonoma Counties. This committee is expected to begin meeting in 2011.