A $68.7 million contract has been awarded to an Oakland firm for the next major round of construction on the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system. Most of it will go for track work in Marin County, but some of it will also go to Sonoma County.

Shimmick Construction will build a new operations and maintenance facility at Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa, the northernmost end of the first first phase of rail service. It also will build a new Petaluma River bridge, replacing the existing Haystack Bridge, plus bike paths in both counties and finishing work on station platforms.

The regional commuter rail system hopes to begin testing trains on the tracks next year and launch commercial service in 2016 between San Rafael and Santa Rosa.

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  1. jezra

    Why is the bicycle path that I voted for not shown on that chart?

    November 21st, 2013 3:45 pm

  2. Angry Biker

    When will they ever finish the bike path!? this is the main reason I voted for this! now all I see is No Trespassing signs where I ride my bike along side the tracks were I used to ride, I think the voting public was screwed! the end.

    November 22nd, 2013 10:46 am

  3. Road.Warrior

    This chart doesn’t show the bike paths, but they’re coming one stretch at a time.

    November 22nd, 2013 11:55 am

  4. Ben

    Yeah, I’m kinda confused too. I thought the entire bike path was the first thing to get axed once they realized the funding wasn’t as much as predicted. Other than the tiny section in Santa Rosa, what’s the status of the rest of the bike path? Is it getting built now? Is there a timeline for when we will be able to bike from Santa Rosa to Petaluma?

    November 23rd, 2013 1:50 pm

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