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  by njtmnrrbuff
Yes, Eureka isn’t very close to the SMART service area anyway. It’s much closer to the California/Oregon border than it is to Sonoma/Marin county.
  by Jeff Smith
https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/n ... of-good-n/
In seven days, the North Bay’s passenger rail system received a sudden avalanche of $74 million for a long-stalled effort to bring the train tracks north to Healdsburg.

The first boon came last week, when the California Supreme Court dismissed a long-running lawsuit from a tax advocacy group, freeing up Bay Area bridge toll dollars that includes $40 million for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit.

Then, on Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $2.5 billion in funding grants for transportation, including more than $34 million to SMART.
  by lpetrich
Rail Line along CA coast thru Loleta and Eureka - RAILROAD.NET -- that's the north end of the former Northwest Pacific line. I'd earlier traced it with Google Maps

From a link in that thread, I found The Great Redwood Trail Agency which is turning most of the former NWP line into a trail.
The Great Redwood Trail is a 320-mile, world-class, multi-use rail-to-trail project connecting California’s San Francisco and Humboldt Bays. The legacy trail will travel through some of the wildest and most scenic landscapes in the United States, traversing old growth redwood forests, running alongside oak woodlands and vineyards, and winding through the magnificent Eel River Canyon.
Much of it is now done, and work continues on the remaining parts of it.

Along the active SMART line itself, this trail is being built: Multi-Purpose Pathway | Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District along with partner agencies have constructed over 28 miles of pathway, of which approximately 21 miles are Class I SMART Pathway within and along the railroad right-of-way.

Currently, 9.5 miles of pathway are slated for construction in 2023/2024. SMART is advancing another 31 miles of planned pathway through design, of which 3.5 miles are already fully funded for construction.
  by lpetrich
Smart Freight Services | Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit - "SMART now provides freight service to North Bay businesses." with a connection to the Bay-Area-Sacramento line.

Stations | Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit - the extension from Sonoma County Airport to Windsor is now under construction, while further extension to Healdsburg and Cloverdale is planned. The Petaluma North infill station is also planned.

Media Center | Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit - SMART is gradually acquiring funding for extending northward.
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