Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Trail

Hearn Avenue to Joe Rodota Trail

Project Description

Construct a 1.3-mile multi-use pathway (aka SMART Trail) from Hearn Avenue to the Joe Rodota Trail southwest of Santa Rosa in County Supervisorial District 5.

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department and SMART District are working to develop this north-south pathway that will benefit pedestrians and bicyclists. This is project involves other partners such as the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and City of Santa Rosa.

An 8-foot-wide paved pathway with gravel shoulders will be constructed within the existing SMART railroad right of way. From Hearn Avenue to Sebastopol Road the pathway will be on the east side of the railroad bed. From Sebastopol Road to the Joe Rodota Trail, the pathway will be on the west side of the railroad bed. The pathway starts at the northern intersection of Hearn Avenue where there is an existing concrete sidewalk and bike lanes. The pathway crosses Colgan Creek Channel where a new clear span pedestrian/bicycle bridge will be installed. The pathway ends at the Joe Rodota Trail connection near the Highway 12 overpass.

Cost & Funding

The total project cost is funded by $501,460 from Santa Rosa Southwest Redevelopment Funds and $620,000 from the Regional Bicycle Program (federal funds).


This is one segment of the proposed 70-mile SMART Trail that will provide a north-south bicycle and pedestrian pathway from Larkspur in Marin County to Cloverdale in Sonoma County. The pathway will provide connections to other bicycle and pedestrian paths, such as the existing Joe Rodota Trail and Prince Memorial Greenway. The SMART Trail is identified in the 2010 Sonoma County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

Next Steps

The county received environmental clearance for the pathway in April 2012. That same year, the State authorized disbandment of the Santa Rosa Redevelopment Agency, which was scheduled to contribute a significant amount of money toward the construction. The construction schedule was delayed because the State would not approve the release of redevelopment funds to the County. On December 2013, after a legal battle, the State issued a verbal confirmation to release the funds. The county is now scheduled to advertise for bids and start construction in late 2014.

Become Involved

The last public meeting was held May 21, 2012. No additional public meetings are scheduled prior to the start of construction. Please sign up to be notified of project updates by clicking on the “sign up for planning updates” button in the upper right of this webpage.

Questions or Comments?

Contact Project Manager:

Ken Tam
Call:  (707) 565-3348
Email:  Ken Tam


Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit Trail Map
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