Mid-Week Links: Baby Steps

County Proper

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photo from archibald jude

  • The never-ending news of rail in Marin continues with Novato’s final approval of the mighty and efficient freight train, which will now run through the city as far as Eureka.  Santa Rosa got its first new freight train this week, too.  (IJ, Patch, Press-Democrat)
  • In a mishmash of acronyms, MTC considers SMART’s pedestrian facilities for TIGER funds. (IJ, Fast Lane)
  • Work is starting to add HOV lanes to the Novato Narrows, an area of Highway 101 north of the Atherton Avenue exit.  Freeway widening is never a good answer to traffic, especially with a train on the way, but at least it’s HOV. (Patch, IJ)
  • Meanwhile, Novato declares sprawl to be the way forward, approving zoning for affordable housing at 20 units per acre instead of the State-mandated 30 units per acre.  Although 20 units per acre could do some good, as the form matters more than the density, the downgrade is a loss to the city. (IJ, Transit in Utah)

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