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SMART to buy more rail cars, increase schedule

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit officials Wednesday approved spending $6.6 million on an additional two-car train, improving service and raising the possibility of extending service to Airport Boulevard near Windsor. With the extra cars, SMART officials said they will have enough trains to run passenger trains at 30-minute intervals to the Guerneville Road station in Santa Rosa, a station that will serve the most riders.

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SMART board members Valerie Brown and Judy Arnold say Farhad Mansourian is the right man to lead the rail agency as it attempts to build a commuter line in the North Bay. They say Mansourian will minimize costs and maximize the public benefit of the half-billion dollar project.