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SMART looks for ways to cut back on paper

It can take a lot of paper to build a rail commute line, counting the thousands of printed pages for reports and agenda packets that are assembled by the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency for its officials and the public.

SMART spokesman Chris Coursey says that is not eco-friendly — and it is costly, too. He is hoping to cut that back significantly.

“We would like to look at various methods of reducing this, saving some trees and saving a few dollars as well,” Coursey told the SMART executive committee Wednesday.

SMART staff mails out 64 agenda packets for each board meeting, at a total cost of $2,000 a month, while preparing another 45 to 50 packets for the public attending the meeting.

A recent, particularly long board meeting had an agenda that was 250 pages, resulting in SMART staff recycling a lot of that paper, Coursey said.

In short, the message is get your information from the Internet, where SMART posts all of its agendas and most of its backup material, and bring it to the meetings.

— Bob Norberg
The Press Democrat

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