Santa Rosa took its first steps Tuesday toward establishing a quiet zone along the SMART train line, a move that could make life more peaceful for the thousands of residents and businesses along the commuter rail line and beyond.
San Rafael is not quite yet ready to help Novato with a "quiet zone" as commuter rail service readies to launch, fearing its own residents could be blasted by horns.
Acting on noise complaints from residents and concerns raised by developers, the city of Santa Rosa is moving forward with a plan to dramatically limit the number of times commuter rail trains can sound horns within city limits.
San Rafael City Council members Monday will consider establishing a quiet zone along the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train line, set to begin operating by late 2016.
Santa Rosa is seeking a seat on the board of SMART, the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency, arguing that the largest city along the rail line and home to two future train stations deserves a direct say in decisions about the $660...