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Taking public transit is linked to a healthier lifestyle, because riders get more than 3x the daily physical activity of people who drive, just from walking to and from their transit stops and their final destination.
Taking public transit is linked to a healthier lifestyle, because riders get more than 3x the daily physical activity of people who drive, just from walking to and from their transit stops and their final destination. Photo: SonomaMarinTrain.org

Transit is Good for Your Health

A Train Ride a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

Jan 27, 2020

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From: Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit

A study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Session* found that riding a train or bus to work is associated with health benefits, such as lowering your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. 

Taking public transit is linked to a healthier lifestyle, because riders get more than 3x the daily physical activity of people who drive, just from walking to and from their transit stops and their final destination.

Staying physically active helps reduce your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.  The study which compared 6000 bus/train commuters, walkers/bikers and drivers — and adjusted for factors like age, gender, and smoking— found that people who took transit had a 27% lower risk of high blood pressure, a 34% lower risk of diabetes, and a 44% lower risk of being overweight.  

Bus and train commuters have a lower risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.- Health Stats-SonomaMarinTrain.org

Start racking up fitness points

If your goal is to get fit and healthier, try making transit a part of your life. SMART has 12 stations serving Marin and Sonoma counties, and there is a train every 32 minutes during the peak commute.  On weekends, service starts early and aligns with the ferry schedule making leisure and recreational trips to and from San Francisco, as well as within Marin and Sonoma counties, easy and convenient.

Planning your journey today with tools like the Transit App (iOS or Android) or Google Transit. 

*Research presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015.

 "As a commuter from Sonoma County, SMART is a climate-friendly way to get to my offices in Marin and San Francisco. Not only do I avoid the bumper-to-bumper Highway 101 traffic, my commute is fast, relaxing and productive. With the comfortable seats, table spaces, electric outlets at each seat and free WiFi, I use the travel time to listen to music and catch-up on work. Plus, when commuting to San Francisco, I save on expensive city parking, bridge tolls and enjoy a beautiful Bay cruise – all before starting my day."

SMART Also provides rail transit service that is accessible to passengers with disabilities. SMART’s platforms and trains are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Clipper Card vending machines on SMART platforms are also ADA compliant. SMART trains have ADA accessible restrooms and seating. Onboard SMART personnel are available to assist with onboarding and exiting the train, and with any other needs that may arise.

85% of SMART riders travel on weekdays as a climate-friendly alternative to driving in rush hour traffic; about 10% bring a bicycle aboard the train. Click on image to access Ridership Reports. Photo: SonomaMarinTrain.org

SMART Ridership Report

Since the launch of passenger service in 2017, SMART has carried over 1.7 million riderstraveling to jobs, schools, businesses, centers of commerce, and on recreational and leisure trips.

Ridership Stats — SonomaMarinTrain.org

What do the numbers say?

SMART’s average weekday ridership has grown each year.  Based on fiscal year projections, SMART's average weekday ridership is on target to grow 14.5% over its initial 3-years of operation. 

85% of SMART riders travel on weekdays as a climate-friendly alternative to driving in rush hour traffic; about 10% bring a bicycle aboard the train; and 15% of riders travel on weekends. 

Ridership grew despite regional set backs 

Riders throughout Sonoma and Marin counties value the convenience and comfort of SMART. This is highlighted by the fact that SMART's ridership has continued to grow despite that since the agency began operations in 2017, the region has experienced two catastrophicwildfires, large floods, mass evacuations, and large scale power shutoffs, all of which resulted in disruptions to commute patterns, the loss of 6,000 homes, and a significant blow to the local economy.

SMART is part of the North Bay's economic recovery 

As our community recovers from the wildfire disasters, SMART is connecting North Bay cities, providing access to places of employment, schools, and centers of commerce. The new Larkspur station is a gateway to San Francisco via the ferry and is also bringing tourists and visitors to the North Bay.  Construction of the railway’s extension to Windsor is already underwayand stations are planned for North Petaluma, Healdsburg and Cloverdale — all of which promise to expand SMART's ridership. 

View SMART's Ridership Reports>

station in the spotlight 

Santa Rosa Downtown Station

Located in Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square, the  Santa Rosa Downtown station  makes it easy to visit great shops, restaurants, entertainment, and so much more! Start planning your next trip to Santa Rosa on the SMART train. 

Catch Santa Rosa City Bus or Sonoma County Transit to explore Santa Rosa.

Connect with Bus Services

Catch Santa Rosa CityBus or  Sonoma County Transit  to explore Santa Rosa.  Bus stops are a short walk from the station. If using a Clipper Card, your trip on CityBus is FREE because you get a $1.50 discount on your fare when going from train to bus and vice versa.

Parking & Permits

There is  metered on-street parking  and as well as  parking garages  in the Downtown area.  The City of Santa Rosa offers a discount parking permit for commuters in Garage 12  next to the Downtown Transit Mall. 

Welcome Center

Visit the California Welcome Center

The California Welcome Center is your go-to place to discover all there is to see, do, eat, drink, hike, bike, and explore in Sonoma County. The Welcome Center is right next to the station and opens daily from 9 to 5. 

Historic Railroad Square has a charming mix of antique stores

Historic Railroad Square

Click on map thumb to access interactive map.Historic Railroad Square has a charming mix of antique stores, specialty shops, coffee houses, and restaurants. Check out everything waiting to be discovered with this   interactive map>

Downtown Santa Rosa offers shopping, historic neighborhoods, arts and culture, events, great restaurants, wine tasting, and world renowned brew pubs. 

A couple of blocks from the station is the award winning  6th Street Playhouse  where you can enjoy a performance in an intimate theatre setting. They offer both day and evening performances. 

Explore SMART:

SonomaMarinTrain.org 

 

Comments:

Feb 12, 2020
VIA EMAIL to Vesta: My family has lived in Sonoma and Marin Counties for over 100 years. We commute daily, within and across county lines, or to our jobs in San Francisco. We understand that a no vote on Measure I - a vote against the SMART train - directly punishes the thousands of riders who have regained some sanity by not being in the car three hours a day. Teachers and students who get to school on time without the stress of getting caught in traffic are of particular interest to me as an employer, but also nurses, lawyers, technicians, people who care for our elders, Marin Subaru employees . . . I could go on, but everyone knows someone who has directly or indirectly benefited from the train. If you think you don’t, you’re not paying attention to the workforce that our region depends on. I have wondered why a rich land developer would commit a million dollars to kill the train. Are they truly worried about all of our tax burden as they claim? I mean, even if they were concerned about the additional cost of a new Range Rover, we’re talking $250. No, I believe that opposing public transportation and extending a tax to support it is actually the latest incarnation of red-lining. If political will ever prevails and affordable housing is required to be located near transit lanes, developers who depend on scarcity of real estate inventory and megamansions for their profits and wealth would be highly motivated to eliminate the trigger - the train. I want no part of this attitude and behavior in the counties I’ve lived and worked in all my life. We are already facing unprecedented tragedies such as wildfire that are directly attributable to climate change. Will we willfully snub the SMART solution to both challenges - adequate housing and green transportation - to save a quarter on every $100 we spend? I would rather be able to say to my grandchildren, “I did something. I rode SMART. I voted YES on Measure I.” Elizabeth Schott, Sebastopol
- Vesta Copestakes

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