San Francisco Bay area’s SMART marks first crossing on new Petaluma River bridge

October 7, 2015

A Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit car crossed the Petaluma River for the first time Wednesday over a recently installed bridge, another major milestone in bringing passenger train service to the North Bay.Website Insert Gathering of Professionals 1 copy

With train officials and SMART board member Jake Mackenzie looking over his shoulder, engineer Matt Shiffrar piloted the sleek two-car train toward the bridge near the Highway 101 overpass at Lakeville Highway. Once on the span, Shiffrar laid on the horn as cheers erupted from the cabin.

Later, Mackenzie called the bridge “an elegant solution to a longstanding problem.” The refurbished 30-year-old drawbridge was installed in August to replace the former Haystack Bridge, used to carry rail traffic over the river since 1904.

Read The Press Democrat’s full story by reporter Derek Moore by clicking here.

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