Lean back in satisfying smugness on the new SMART train as you pass the poor schlubs stuck in Petaluma traffic. The rail line zips you smoothly from San Rafael to Santa Rosa in about an hour, gliding by tract homes, acres of Bay wetlands, voluptuous Sonoma hills, abandoned barns, historic stations, on tracks that were laid down almost 150 years ago before automobiles changed everything. SMART carsĀ are uncrowded, quiet and relaxing with racks for your bike. $4.76 one way with your senior Clipper Card. Beer and wine sales to come as is a link to Larkspur Landing in 2019. Its funding was just approved by Congress. In Santa Rosa step back a century in the McDonald Historic District whose glorious residences deserve to be landmarked.

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