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In the next five years, Sonoma County residents will see the completion of a number of major transportation infrastructure projects that will transform the way we move about the region.

By New Year’s Eve, 2018, we should be able to travel up and down the Highway 101 corridor on SMART trains connecting the Larkspur Ferry with the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport and, perhaps, farther north.

The expanded airport will be able to handle larger jets that serve cities east of California like Denver, with useful connections to the east coast.

And there is a good chance that, by then, Highway 101 will have a continuous carpool lane from Central Windsor to Sausalito. Planners hope that having expanded transportation options will spur growth and attract jobs to the region.

Golden Gate Transit, which operates commuter buses from Santa Rosa to Marin County and San Francisco, is considering adding more service in Sonoma County. The new Golden Gate Transit depot in San Francisco will link up with the Caltrain line meaning that a commuter in Santa Rosa could theoretically get from home to a job in San Jose on one bus and one train (though that would be one long trip!)

Golden Gate Transit says that half a million Sonoma County residents ride their buses each year. I am curious to hear from readers who use Golden Gate Transit to commute to Marin County or San Francisco. What is the commute like on a bus? Would you benefit from expanded service to, say, Windsor or Rincon Valley?

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